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Obituaries from the week of April 27, 2016

Wayne Greeley, 93


Wayne Greeley, age 93, of Marshall, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Minneota Manor Care Center.  Funeral Services were held at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall on Friday, April 22, 2016.  Interment was in the Marshall Cemetery. 

Wayne Vern Greeley was born on April 29, 1922 in Sodus Township, Minnesota.  He was the son of Otis and Martha (Wedger) Greeley.  Wayne attended country school through the 8th grade and farmed with his brothers until 1975.  Wayne and Joyce then continue to farm until 1999.  He was a farmer through and through and loved all things earth.

On June 20, 1970, Wayne was united in marriage to Joyce Hart at First Baptist Church in New Ulm. The couple lived there for 1 year before settling near Amiret, where they farmed.  In 2002, the couple moved into Marshall to be closer to their grandchildren. Wayne and Joyce were blessed with two boys: Jason and Darin.  They shared over 45 years of marriage.

In addition to farming, Wayne loved to tinker on anything that had wheels and an engine and he restored 13 Oliver tractors that were on the last farm sale. Wayne’s other enjoyments in life included collecting toy Oliver tractors, going to antique shows and auctions, garage sales with grandchildren (he always had quarters in his pocket for them to spend), watching TV westerns, repairing tractors and vehicles for family and friends in the shop on the farm, and he was proud to be a twin.  He liked anything Chevy, buying and trading cars, threshing and steam shows, and spending quality time with his grandchildren.

Wayne died on Friday, April 15, 2016, in Minneota, Minnesota, 2 weeks shy of his 94th birthday. Blessed be his memory.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Joyce Greeley of Marshall; sons, Jason (and Amber) Greeley of Marshall, Darin Greeley of Amiret; three grandchildren, Holden, Chase, and Sage Greeley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy Rae (and David) Rokeh of Little Fork, Ronald (and Joyce) Hart of Finland, Gary (and Jean) Hart of Cold Spring, Lori Hart of Elkton, SD; special cousins, Mildred Thomas of Marshall, Bernice Logue of Marshall; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Martha Greeley; parents-in-law, Howard and Edna Hart; twin sister, Wayvel Johnson; brothers, Harvey, Harold, and LeRoy Greeley; and brother-in-law, Dennis Hart.



Eugene Longstrom, 64

Eugene Longstrom, age 64, of Pipestone, Minnesota, died on Friday, April 22, 2016 at his home.  A Memorial Visitation will be on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone. Arrangements are with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel.

Eugene Dale Longstrom was born November 25, 1951 in Tracy, Minnesota to Clarence Monroe Longstrom and Pearl (Cyr) Longstrom.  He graduated from Franklin Public School in 1969 and graduated in 1973 from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree.  Following graduation from college, Eugene developed housing for mentally challenged.  Thereafter, he worked for a couple of years for Schwan’s Sales Enterprises.  In 1978, he began a career in real estate, whereby he sold farm properties, commercial properties and residential properties.  Along with selling real estate, he had an appraisal business from 1980-1994.  Also along with real estate sales, he taught continuing education for real estate, insurance and appraisal professionals for the Minnesota School of Real Estate from 1990 through 2000. 

Eugene died at his home on Friday, April 22, 2016 in Pipestone, Minnesota at the age of 64 years, four months and 27 days. 

Throughout the years, he belonged to several area civic organizations as well as professional organizations.

Eugene is survived by a host of friends and relatives. 

Memorials are preferred to the Veteran’s Cemetery in Redwood County or a charity of the donor’s choice.