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Obituaries from the week of January 14, 2009

Marge Anderson, 83
Joseph E. Bovy, 71
Carlos Campos, 75
Dennis Emerson, 60
John Kelley, 73

Marge Anderson, 83

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 13, 2009 in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls for Marge (Mrs. Leo) Anderson.

Marjorie  Emily Anderson was born June 12, 1925 in Westline Township, Redwood County, Minnesota to Anton and Clara (Paul) Gilb. She was baptized July 12, 1925 and confirmed August 7, 1938 in the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milroy. She grew up on the family farm near Lucan and attended District # 38 Country School and graduated as valedictorian of her class from Milroy High School in 1943.

Marge was united in marriage to Leo Anderson on March 24, 1945 in Storden.  Marge and Leo settled on a farm north of Storden where they farmed until moving to Redwood Falls in 1969. She worked for Control Data and MPI until retiring in 1983.

She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and had taught Sunday School for a number of years. Marge and Leo wintered in Harligen, TX for 18 years and square danced there as well as in Redwood Falls and at many of the other clubs in the area. She loved to garden, both flowers and vegetables, play games, both card and board games with family and friends and in later years spend time at her computer.  

Marge Anderson died on Friday, January 9, 2009 in the Redwood Area Hospital at the age of 83 years, 6 months and 28 days.

She is survived by her husband Leo of Redwood Falls five children; Marian More and husband Dick of Cut Bank, MT, Gary Anderson and wife Karen of Walnut Grove, Robert Anderson and wife Martha of Des Moines, IA, David Anderson and wife Lolita of Kansas City, KA and Ray Anderson and wife Joan of Warsaw Poland. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, her sisters Laverna Julich of Tracy and Doris Mae Hemish and husband Gordy of Tracy and her brother Clarence Gilb and wife Shirley of Marshall.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mabel, son-in-law Dick More and a grandson Shawn.

Burial was in the Old Westbrook Cemetery, with arrangements handled by the Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso.

On-line condolences may be sent to

Joseph E. Bovy, 71

Joseph E. Bovy, 71, of Stuart, FL, died Jan. 6, 2009 at Treasure Coast Hospice Residence in Stuart.

Born in St. Cloud, MN, he resided in Stuart for the past three years, moving from Lake Shetek, MN.

He was a veteran of the National Guard.

Joe was a salesman at Salmon Inc., in Tracy, MN, retiring in 1999. He was the former owner of a movie theater and bulk oil company in Lamberton, MN and also worked in the parts department of Gresen Manufacturing in Minneapolis, MN.

Mr. Bovy was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Stuart and a former member of the Jaycees and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jaci Bovy of Stuart; son, Scott Bovy of Ramsey, MN; three brothers, Urban Bovy of St. Cloud and Ed Bovy and Al Bovy, both of Minneapolis; sister, Marty Stock of Sartell, MN; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Bovy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospices, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.

A memorial celebration will be held Monday, Jan. 19, in the clubhouse of Natalie Estates.

An online guest book may be signed at

Arrangements are entrusted to Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart.


Carlos Campos, 75

Carlos A. Campos age 75 of Tracy, MN died Thursday, January 8, 2009 at Sanford-Sioux Valley Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 16, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.  Interment will take place at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in El Paso, TX. 

The Almlie Funeral Home on Tracy is handling the arrangements. 

Online condolences may be placed at

Dennis Emerson, 60

Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 2008 at the Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy for Dennis W. Emerson, age 60 of Tracy.  

Dennis William Emerson was born March 13, 1948 to Kenneth and Norma (Hansen) Emerson in Tracy, MN.  He was baptized and confirmed in Tracy Lutheran Church and attended Tracy Public Schools, graduating in 1966.  Dennis then attended Wadena Technical College for electrical linesman.  Upon completion of technical college, he worked for NSP for one year.  On July 1, 1968 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at the Naval Station, Long Beach, CA, where his training specialized in radio operations.  He was later transferred to Hanza, Okinawa until December 1, 1970 when he returned to the states.  He received his honorable discharge on December 6, 1971 and returned to Minnesota. 

On June 15, 1970, Dennis married Mary Carlson in the state of Washington where he was stationed.  They made their home in Mankato, MN for a year before moving to Cottonwood, MN for a short time, and then settling in Green Valley, MN.  Dennis worked as a communications supervisor for the Minnesota State Highway Patrol for fifteen years.  He then attended the University of Iowa for Emergency Medical Technician and several other colleges for more specialized life support training.  Earlier while working for the state patrol he also was a part-time Deputy Sheriff for Lyon County.  Shortly after his completion of EMT training his career was ended by a severe automobile-train accident which resulted in numerous health issues for the remainder of his life.

Dennis was a member of the Tracy Lutheran Church and also a past member of the Tracy Kiwanis Club, Tracy American Legion, MN Retired Peace Officers Association, NRA and MN Waterfowl Association.  He enjoyed hunting, camping, reading, fishing,  looking for and collecting arrowheads, sponsoring certain private charities, and absolutely loved his many trips to Alaska.

In the early 1990’s Dennis moved to Tracy and cared for his mother in her home until her death.  He continued to live in his mother’s house where he died Monday, December 22, 2008 at the age of 60.

Dennis is survived by his two daughters, Kerstin (Mark) Stevens of Britt, IA and Molly (Gary) VanWinkle of Garvin, MN; two grandchildren, Titus and Seth; one brother, Robert (Karla) Emerson of Alpharetta, GA; two sisters, Candace (Jack) Holbrook of Universal City, TX and Karen Magnuson of Marshall, MN; one sister in law, Linda Emerson of  Anapolis, MD; fiancé, Paula Nelson of Tracy, MN; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

His parents and one brother, John preceded him in death.

Interment will be in the Tracy City Cemetery.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.  Online condolences may be placed at  


John Kelley, 73

John “Jack” Kelley, age 73, of Marshall, passed away at the Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Thursday, January 8, 2009.  Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2009 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshall. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, one hour prior to the service. Condolences can be submitted at

John “Jack” Patrick Kelley was born to Henry and Pearl (Stava) Kelley on May 26, 1935 near Vesta, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ United Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1953 and then worked the family farm after the young death of his father. 

On December 27, 1956, John was united in marriage to Donna Mae Minnick at the Methodist Church in Marshall.  After their marriage, John continued to farm until 1970. He then began working at Southwest State University and retired in 2000.  He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church at the time of his death.

John’s enjoyments in life included fishing, hunting, bingo, dancing, going to the lake, camping, and spending time with friends and family, especially the grandkids.  He was also a proud member of the Eagles Club.

John passed away at the Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls on Thursday, January 8, 2009. He had reached the age of 73 years 7 months and 13 days.

He is survived by his children, Deb (and Stuart Palm) Myhre of Wisconsin, John Jr. (and Ann) Kelley of Tracy, Cindy Kelley of Marshall, and Amanda Kelley of Slayton; four grandchildren, Shawn, Darin, Jennifer, and Timothy; 2 great-grandchildren, Brayden and Isaiah; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and two children, Kathy and William.