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Obituaries from the week of June 12, 2013

  Ryan Besse, 36


Ryan Joseph Besse, age 36 of Garvin, passed away at his home on Friday, June 7, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and after a courageous battle with cancer.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Grace First Parish in Russell.  Burial was held in the Russell City Cemetery.

Ryan Joseph was born on September 14, 1976 in Marshall, Minnesota to Marlin and Cathy (Stanton) Besse.  He was baptized at Holy Redeemer Church.  Ryan and his family resided in Russell, Marshall, and Garvin.  He attended school in Tracy, Minnesota graduating from Tracy High School in 1995.

Ryan began working for the family business, Besse Construction, Inc. when he was just 12 years old.  He continued to work there throughout his life and eventually became part owner.

Ryan lived life to the fullest and participated in many outdoor activities. He loved riding his Harley Motorcycle, fishing and hunting, grilling, and relaxing by a bonfire. Ryan also enjoyed spending time with family and many friends, shooting pool, playing cards, spending time with his pets, and watching the Minnesota Vikings.

Ryan passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with lymphoma cancer.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Marlin and Cathy of Garvin; sisters, Wendy (Pat) Goltz of Sartell, Dawn (Mark) Kunkel of Balaton; nephew and niece, Parker and Jordan Kunkel; maternal grandmother, June Stanton of Russell; his cat, Captain and his dog, Morgan. 

Ryan was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George and Regina Besse; maternal grandfather, Robert Stanton; uncles, Melvin Besse and Bill Williams; cousins, Jennifer Stanton and Christopher Stanton.

Blessed Be The Memory Of Ryan Joseph Besse.


Marcia Rowell, 96


Marcia Edna Rowell was born March 8, 1917 to Walter and Ruby (Erion) Clark in Sherwood, ND.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended Sherwood Public Schools.  As a young woman she moved with her sister to southwestern Minnesota.

On March 12, 1938 Marcia married Mark Rowell in Brookings, SD and they made their home in Amiret, MN.  In 1984 they moved into Tracy, MN and she remained in her home until 2005, when she moved to O’Brien Court.  In December 2012 she became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.

She was a housewife and mother who enjoyed quilting, embroidery, gardening, playing cards, bowling, Scrabble, Crosswords Puzzles, and keeping a daily journal, but what she really loved was spending time with her family.  Marcia attended Tracy Methodist Church and in the past was active in the church women’s groups.  She was also a member of the Tracy Hospital Auxiliary and served many over the years in the hospital snack bar.

On Thursday, May 16, 2013 Marcia died, surrounded by her loving family, at Sanford-Tracy Area Medical Center at the age of 96.

Marcia is survived by her one daughter, Barbara Knudson of Tracy, MN; four granddaughters, Dawn (Tom) Bahn of Cottonwood, MN, Norma Knudson (Randy Logelin) of Waconia, MN, Laura (Lance) Kosen of Cottonwood, MN and Linda (Rick) Pesch of Taunton, MN; six great grandchildren, Chris and Jeremy Bahn, Shane and Nicholas Kosen, and Tess and Kiefer Servin; one sister, Verna Garber of Cando, ND; one brother, Robert (Laverne) Clark of Hoyt Lakes, MN; nieces, nephews and friends.

Her husband, Mark, parents, three sisters and their husbands, Clarice (Lawrence) Reed, Dorothy (Leonard) Hauptli, and Hazel (Percy) Newhouse, one brother and his wife, Walter (Signie) Clark, and one brother-in-law, William Garber preceded her in death.