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Obituaries from the week of April 24, 2013

Richard Ourada, 67

Richard “Dick” A. Ourada age 67 of Walnut Grove passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester after a battle with cancer.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.  Private family burial will take place at a later date.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Richard Ourada was born February 24, 1946 in Tracy, MN to Lad and Mae (Harlan) Ourada.  He attended school in Walnut Grove.  Dick enlisted in the US Navy serving as Military Police and was stationed in Charleston, SC and Europe.  Following his discharge he returned to Walnut Grove. 

On October 14, 1967 he was united in marriage to Vickie Wells in Tracy.  Dick worked at the blacksmith shop with his dad and brother.  He later worked at Fagen Brownlee & Hayes for 27 years, and most recently at Mid State Mechanical as a supervisor.  Dick was a member of the Walnut Grove American Legion.  He enjoyed watching golf, especially Tiger Woods, baseball, especially the Twins, and cops shows.  Dick loved spending time in his backyard, barbequing, bird watching, gardening, and taking care of his yard.  He also enjoyed bullhead fishing. 

Dick is survived by his children: Rick (Connie) Ourada of Walnut Grove, John (Teresa) Ourada of Walnut Grove, and Jason (Lisa) Ourada of Wabasso; grandchildren: Jessica, Derick, Joshua, Jillian, Cora Mae, Evelyn, David, and John Jr.; step grandchildren: Nicholas Goblirsch, Lacey DeGreeff, Joshua DeGreeff, and Abra Johnson; brother Steve (Bette) Ourada of Walnut Grove; and many other relatives and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Vickie, granddaughter Emma, and sister Rose Dehn. 


Luella Rykhus, 89

Luella B. Rykhus age 89 of Tracy died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Belgrade Nursing Home in Belgrade, MN.  Services will be 11:00 AM Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Tracy United Methodist Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of service on Friday morning.  Interment will be in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon served in the church social hall immediately following the burial.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be placed at

Luella Bertha Rykhus was born March 9, 1924 to Walter and Myrtle (Raymon) Hay on a farm near Flandreau, SD.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended country school. 

On December 21, 1943 Luella married Gerald “Pat” Rykhus and they made their home on several farms until 1967 when they moved to a farm in Custer Township, near Garvin, MN.  After retiring from farming they raised vegetables and sold them in Tracy for about six years.  In 1997 they moved to Belgrade, MN to be closer to their son.  In 2007 Luella became a resident of the Belgrade Nursing Home.

She enjoyed baking, quilting, helping her husband on the farm, vegetable gardening, taking time out for a malted milk shake in Tracy after selling her vegetables, shopping and spending time with her family.

On Sunday, April 21, 2013 Luella died, surrounded by her loving family, at the Belgrade Nursing Home at the age of 89.

Luella is survived by one son, Arnold (Kim) Rykhus of Alexander, ND; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Shirley “Dolly” Hall of Virginia, MN; nieces, nephews and friends.

Her husband, Gerald “Pat” Rykhus, her parents, son, Ronald, and one brother, Donald Raymon preceded her in death.