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Obituaries from the week of October 23, 2013


Johnson, 89


Jeanette A. Johnson age 89 of Tracy, MN died Thursday, October 17, 2013 at her home in Tracy.  Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the Church of Christ in Tracy.  Interment was in the Bethel Cemetery, rural Garvin, MN, with a luncheon served immediately after the burial in the church social hall.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

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Jeanette Arlene Johnson was born August 5, 1924 to Ray and Bernice (Davis) Evans on a farm near Garvin, MN, Lyon County.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith.  Attended Country School District #72 and then later Tracy Public Schools, graduating from Tracy High School 1942.  

On February 10, 1943 Jeanette married Darold Johnson in Tracy, MN.  They made their home in California for a short time and then Jeanette moved back to Lamberton, MN, then Garvin and then into Tracy, MN, where she has lived ever since.  Over the years Jeanette worked as a waitress in many of the cafés in town, she also worked at the Tracy Motel, the Tracy Laundermat, Tracy Senior Citizen Center, the Tracy Public Schools, as a janitor, and for many years she worked as a nurses aid at the Tracy Municipal Hospital.

She was a member of the Church of Christ in Tracy and active in the church women’s groups.  She was also a member of the Tracy American Legion and Tracy VFW Auxiliaries and served as Chaplain for the VFW for many years.  Jeanette enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading, crossword puzzles, and wildlife, birds, especially Hummingbirds.  She also enjoyed Minnesota Timberwolves and Twins Baseball, but her greatest love was spending time with her children and their families.  

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, after a long battle with cancer, Jeanette, with her loving daughter by her side, died at her home at the age of 89.

Jeanette is survived by her three sons, Darold (Teri) Johnson of Balaton, MN, David (Deb) Johnson and John (Robyn) Johnson, both of Tracy, MN; one daughter, Barb Johnson of Tracy, MN; twelve grandchildren, Alex, Missy, Pam, Jenny, James, Sarah, Kim, Jody, Jeremy, Jessica, Jill and Stacie; twenty great grandchildren; one sister, Lucille Blake of Marshall, MN; nieces, nephews and friends.

Her son, James, her parents, Ray and Bernice Evans, three grandchildren, Terry and David Johnson Jr. and Darold Fastenau, one brother, Leo Evans, and one sister, Letha Lanoue preceded her in death.

Father James Moran, 81

Father James E. Moran, 81, of New Ulm died Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.  Mass of Chrtistian Burial was held at  11:00 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Bishop John M. LeVoir celebrating the Mass.  Burial was  Monday at the Calvary Cemetery in Tracy.  To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook go to:



Enderson, 91


Howard R. Enderson age 91 of Tracy, MN died Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the Sanford-Sioux Valley Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  Services were held 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2013 at the Tracy Lutheran Church.   Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon served immediately following the burial in the church social hall.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to either Tracy Lutheran Church or the Tracy United Fund. 

Howard Raynard Enderson was born November 25, 1921 to Norwegian immigrants, Hans and Gertrude (Swenson) Enderson in Terril, IA, Dickenson County.  He was the tenth born of twelve children and was baptized on February 5, 1922 in the Evangical Lutheran Church in Terril and confirmed on June 21, 1936 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Belview, MN.  Howard grew up on a farm near Belview, where he attended Belview Public Schools.  When he was 14 years old, his father died and Howard worked to support his mother and himself.  From the age of 16 until 18 he worked for the Civilian Conservation corp.  He was a cashier at a feed store until his induction into the U.S. Navy on March 20, 1943.  He served on a submarine hunting ship as a radar operator until his honorable discharge on February 21, 1946, after having served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres.

After his military service, Howard returned to Minnesota and worked in clothing stores in Redwood Falls, Windom and Worthington, learning how he would and wouldn’t, run a business.  On June 19, 1949 Howard married Mary Lou Reineking in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Winnebago, MN.  Having saved enough money,  Howard moved his family to Tracy, MN and opened Enderson’s Clothing for Men & Boys in 1955.  Over the years Howard owned and operated several other Enderson’s Clothing stores in Canby, Worthington, St. James and Fairmont, MN.  He also owned and operated several other businesses in Tracy before selling them to others.  He retired with the sale of his business in Tracy in 1996. In 1976 he was nominated for “Minnesota’s Businessman of the Year”, then in 1978, he was honored as the Tracy Chamber of Commerce’s “Boss of the Year” and then in 1989, he was named the Chamber’s “Outstanding Citizen”.

His church and community were both very important to Howard.   He was a member of Tracy Lutheran Church and served as head usher for many years and served on many committees.  He served on the Tracy Municipal Hospital board, Tracy City Council, Tracy and Pipestone Savings & Loan board, Retail Trade committee, Tracy Planning Commission, Box Car Days committee, and was also a member of the Tracy Kiwanis Club, Tracy American Legion, Tracy VFW, Cub Scouts and Tracy Country Club board.  He enjoyed playing the guitar, golf, sharing stories, and traveling by car with his wife wherever the road took them.  A devoted family man with boundless love for his family, he always made it home for Mary’s home cooked dinners.  He will be remembered by his family as a gentle, meticulous man who lived with integrity, generosity, and determination, who always put others needs ahead of his own.

In October of 2013 Howard became a patient of Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, where he died, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the age of 91.

Howard is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Enderson of Tracy, MN;  two daughters, Amy (Todd) Johnson of Plymouth, MN and Elen (Jon) Vanderhoof of Lompoc, CA; four sons, Mark Enderson of Eden Prairie, MN, Kurt Enderson  of Tracy, MN, Neil (Gail Newell) Enderson of Tyler, MN and Lyle (Patricia) Enderson of Anoka, MN; nine grandchildren, Jackie (James) Giesen, Jill (Jared Flaherty) Enderson, Alan Enderson, Jeff and Annie Vanderhoof, Eric and Leah Johnson, and Evan and Laura Enderson; six great grandchildren, Jaydon Doescher, Brooklyn, Hudson, and Dillon Flaherty, Trevor and Keaton Giesen;  many nieces, nephews and friends.

His granddaughter, Sarah Johnson, great granddaughter, Justine Doescher, his parents, six brothers, Adolph, Carl, Melvin, Selmer, Harry and Ernest, and five sisters, Elma Moore, Gladys Bergen, Helen Christenson, Alida Reierson, and Doris Sheldon preceded him in death.