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Obituaries from the week of July 16, 2008

Alan Stowell, 62
Alan Stowell, a 1963 graduate of Tracy High School and of Moorhead Area Vocational-Technical Institute in 1987 with a degree in Electrical Design Drafting, and Vietnam Veteran, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2008 at Fargo, ND, of complications following heart by-pass surgery, at the age of 62. Services with military rites were held in Fargo at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 2.
Survivors are his best friend/wife of 31 years Dorothy (Dot) Stowell; four sons, Greg Nyland, Lee (Becky) Nyland, Jason (Jen) Stowell, Shane (Melissa) Stowell; two daughters, Susan Jorschumb & Sharon (Douglas) Daak; & three sisters, Carol (Bob) Wood, Sheila Stowell, Barbara Stowell; 15 grandchildren; & 2 great-grandchildren.
Al enjoyed his family, work, fishing and camping, and was known for “the best” grilled steaks, as the “fix-it” guy, a guide & friend. Following 15 plus years as a long-haul trucker, Al was finishing his pre-retirement work career as an MAT bus driver for the City of Fargo.
Family condolences: Dorothy Stowell, c/o Barbara & Sheila Stowell, 4520 Bridge Court, Shoreview, MN 55126 or by e-mail at

Ralph E. Moon, 79
Services for Ralph E. Moon of Cedarburg, Wis., formerly of Marshall and Tracy will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 103 Trinity Drive, Phillips, Wis., 54555. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips and at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service. He died Friday, July 11, 2008, at his home.
Ralph was born Nov. 18, 1928, was baptized Nov. 25, 1928, and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt, Wis., at the time of his death. He attended school in Amiret and Tracy and received engineering certificates in North Dakota and Wisconsin through the power companies he worked for.
As his life unfolded into his golden years, Ralph’s heart went out to children. He gave the following words to his youngest daughter to be read at his funeral someday.
Some would gather money
Along the path of life;
Some would gather roses,
And rest from worldly strife.
But I would gather children
From among the thorns of sin;
I would seek a golden curl
And a freckled, toothless grin.
For money cannot enter
In the land of endless day,
And roses that are gathered
Soon wilt along the way.
But oh, the laughing children,
As I cross the sunset sea,
And the gates swing wide to Heaven
I can take them in with me.
Survivors include his children from two marriages, Ronald Moon of Marshall, Garry (and Kelly) Moon of Las Vegas, Marlo (and Deb) Moon of Cottonwood, Mike (and Debra) Moon of Marshall, Jolene Moon of Omaha, Neb., Karen Moon of Marshall, Robin (and Jerry) Traen of Minneota, Stacey (and Brett) Eytchison of Sioux Falls, S.D., Carla Phillips of Saukville, Wis., Rob (and Shelley) Moon of Phillips, Wis., Rodney (and Judy) Moon of Clintonville, Wis., Carlene (and Allen) Heckert of Cedarburg, Wis., and Ryan Moon of Cedarburg, Wis.; his sisters, Louise (and Jerry) Buchman of Plymouth, Lorraine Prybella of Sioux City, Iowa, Claire (and Harold) Deem of Lake Kiowa, Texas, Marilyn (and John) Fisher of Mesa, Ariz., and Kathy (and Dennis) Lynch of Green Valley, Ariz.; 38 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph F. and Ursula Moon, daughter Lanette (Moon) Holmes and grandson Andrew Moon.

Douglas Knuth, 59
Memorial services were held for Douglas Knuth on Friday, July 11, 2008 at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Pastor Stephen Norby officiating.
Douglas “Doug” John Knuth was born on July 8, 1948, in Tracy, Minnesota to the late John and Patricia (West) Knuth. He was baptized at a young age and later confirmed in the Catholic faith. Doug received his education at the Catholic School in Tracy where he graduated in the Class of 1966. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1967 and was honorably discharged in 1968. He then attended a Technical School in Pipestone where he received a degree in masonry.
On December 9, 1972, Doug was united in marriage to Deborah Kuehl. This union was blessed with three daughters, Kelly, Tara, and Ashley. This marriage later dissolved. For several years, Doug worked in Heron Lake before moving to Windom and starting Knuth Construction. In 2004, he moved to Jordan, Minnesota where he was currently living. On June 29, 2008, Doug suffered a head injury due to a fall from a horse and was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis where he passed away on July 7, 2008 at the age of 59.
Doug will be remembered for many things in life including his enjoyment of Quarter horses, target shooting, hunting, gardening, landscaping, helping others, and most of all enjoyed being with his grandchildren.
Doug is survived by three daughters, Kelly Knuth of Windom, Tara Kalash of Fairmont, and Ashley Knuth of Heron Lake; five grandchildren, Keaton Leopold, Savannah Kalash, Priscilla Kalash, Weston Freking, and Seven Marcy; seven siblings, John Knuth and his wife, Rose of Brooklyn Park, Jeff Knuth of Marshall, Sue and her husband, Jeff Ackerman of Maple Grove, Katie Koehler of Shoreview, Jerry and her husband, Dave Hubel of Montevideo, Joey and her husband, Loren Pihl of Gary, SD, and Lulu and her husband, Jose Velasco of Brainerd.
Doug is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jim Knuth.
Burial was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Tracy, MN with full military honors.
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Funeral arrangements were handled by the LaCanne Family Funeral Service in Windom.

Marie Larson, 91
Marie Ann Larson, age 91 of Currie, passed away at her home on Friday, July 11, 2008 while surrounded by her loved ones.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.  Interment is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Memorials are preferred to the Murray County Hospice.  Email condolences may be sent via  The Tracy Area Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Marie Ann Larson was born November 24, 1916 in Westbend, IA, to Joseph and Mary (Payer) Hippert.  She attended school in Wilmont, MN where she was captain of the girls’ basketball team.  Marie was united in marriage to Theodore “Ted” Larson on February 14, 1938 at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Wilmont.  Together the couple farmed in the Wilmont area and then moved to their farm in Holly Township in 1951, where she has resided since.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she was active in CCW.  She also was a member of the Neighborhood Birthday Club.  Marie enjoyed gardening, crocheting, making quilts and clothing for missions, crafts, and weaving rugs.  She also enjoyed Bullhead fishing and picking night crawlers.  Marie loved spending time with her family.  Even though she had many grandchildren and great grandchildren, she had the special gift of making each of them feel as though they were her only one.
Marie is survived by her children: Betty (Dick) Garoutte of Hackensack, MN, Bev (John) Kosse of Rochester, MN, Dave (Mary) Larson of Trego, WI, Don Larson of Currie, MN, Madonna (John) Adelman of Belingham, MN, A.J. (Pauline) Larson of Galveston, TX, Karen (Rich) Dokken of Cohasset, MN, Ken (Dori) Larson of Ottertail, MN, Nick (Lil) Larson of Vergas, MN, Vic (Fran) Larson of St. Cloud, MN, Norm (Joey) Larson of Burlington, VT, & Cindy (Mike) Wahl of Walnut Grove, MN; daughter in law Bernice Larson of Buffalo, MN,  38 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Ted in 1988; son LeRoy in 1997; and daughter-in-law Dorothy in 1970.

Fred Stoltenberg, 72
Fred Elmer Stoltenberg was born on April 23, 1936, in Tracy, Minnesota, the son of Carl and Rose (Schweenfurt) Stoltenburg. As a youth Fred attended Tracy Public Schools. In 1955 Fred was married to Marlys Erbes. Together they had six children and shared 18 years of marriage. On March 13, 1976 Fred was united in marriage to Corlyen Weinrebe. Fred and his family made their home all over Southwest Minnesota, staying extended periods in the Tracy area and finally settling in Jackson in 1993. Fred was a gas station attendant for many years until he started driving trucks, which he did for 37 years. Fred became a resident of the Jackson Good Samaritan Center in 2003, where he made his home until his passing on July 13, 2008 at the age of 72 years, 2 months, and 20 days.
Fred was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jackson. Fred enjoyed his career as a truck driver, having many great experiences in his 37 years behind the wheel. Fred loved fishing, John Wayne Westerns and he was a wonderful storyteller. Fred enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.
Fred is survived by his wife of 32 years Corlyen; his 8 children, Marsha (Marvin) Grimmius of Slayton, MN; Fred (Mary) Stoltenburg of Glencoe, MN; Cynthia Hendley of Ruthton, MN; Carol (Larry) Christensen also of Ruthton, MN; Jerry (Lori) Stoltenburg of Canton, SD; Deanne Macon of Burnsville, MN; Carl Stoltenburg of North Mankato, MN; and Dawn Stoltenburg of Jackson, MN; 31 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother Al Stoltenburg of Tyler, MN.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, a son John Stoltenburg, and 5 brothers and sisters; Mary Anne Greene, Charlie Stoltenburg, Louie Stoltenburg, Bill Stoltenburg, and Leo Stoltenburg.