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Obituaries from the week of March 15, 2000Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Robert R. Hall, 52

Robert R. Hall, age 52, of Tracy, passed away suddenly at the Tracy Area Medical Center on Sunday, March 12, 2000. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2000 at the Hamilton-Birk Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Fort Snelling. Visitation will be 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Friday, one hour prior to service.

Robert “Bob” Ryan Hall was born on November 4, 1947 to Robert Dale and Lillian (Mouw) Hall in San Diego, CA. On March 22, 1968, Robert entered the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on March 16, 1972.

Bob was united in marriage to Janet Theresa Dalke on May 19, 1995 in Kansas City, Missouri. They lived in Tracy.

He is survived by his wife, Janet of Tracy; three children from a previous marriage, Robert Jason Hall of Iowa City, IA, Shannon Hall and Cassandra (Casey) Hall of Yakima, WA; his father and step-mother, Robert Dale and Shirley Hall of Brainerd; two stepchildren, Kathy Simpson of Tracy and Theresa Starforth of Kansas City, MO; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Bradley Starforth of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Danita Wilson of Reno, Nevada; a niece, Julie Wilson and a nephew, Harvey Wilson Jr.; also several cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

Bob liked to do home repair, woodworking, watching television, movies, playing the Play station. He also enjoyed his truck, their pets and helping Janet with everything around the home.

Charles Maas, 47

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. at Celebration Lutheran Church, Sartell, Minnesota, for Charles Paul Maas.

Charles Maas was born September 22, 1952 in Tracy, Minnesota to Paul and Doris (Halvorson) Maas. Chuck graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1970 and attended Southwest State University and Brown Institute, graduating in 1973. He married Theresa Jean Wech on June 22, 1990 in St. Mary's Church, Tracy, Minnesota.

He has owned Maas Financial Associates since 1983. He was a member of Celebration Lutheran Church where he was former president of the church council. He served on the Life Underwriters Board and the board of St. John's Nursing Home, Springfield, MN.

Chuck died Wednesday, March 8, 2000 at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa, of Sartell, MN; daughter, Kelsey Rae Maas, at home; mother, Doris Maas Grinde and her husband, Vernon Grinde of Tracy, MN; brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Madonna Maas of Sartell, MN: sister and brother-in-law Becky and James Girard of Maple Grove, MN; nieces and nephew, Melissa, Bridget and Erik Mass of Sartell, MN

He was preceded in death by his father in 1976, grandparents and a special aunt Amanda Nerem.

Memorials are preferred to Brain Tumor Association, American Cancer Society or Celebration Lutheran Church.

Internment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Sartell, Minnesota with Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud handling the arrangements.

Louise M. Lamb, 89

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11, 2000 at Tracy Lutheran Church for Louise M. Lamb. Officiants were Reverend Stephen Olson and Reverend Marlene Elmstrom. Eileen Schimming was organist.

Casket bearers were Ronald Wixon, Michael Ellingson, Charles Ellingson, Donald Gilb, Jr., Ron Holmbeck and Bill Bornitz.

Louise Marie Lamb was born March 6, 1911 to John and Minnie (Fredricks) Gilb in Redwood County, Milroy, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm near Milroy, and received her education attending country school.

In 1930, she married Ray A. Hanson at Faith Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN. They made their home in Tracy where they raised their family. Following Ray's death in 1969, she married Vernon Lamb on December 12, 1973 at the Tracy Lutheran Church parsonage. They, too, made their home in Tracy.

Over the years, early employment included Berall's Restaurant in Tracy, the Tracy Produce Company and other produce companies in surrounding communities. She also worked as a cook in the Tracy Public School for a number of years.

Louise was baptized April 4, 1911, and later confirmed June 6, 1926 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Milroy. For many years, she has been a member of Tracy Lutheran Church where she served as needed, and also did volunteer work.

She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, in addition to knitting, crocheting, Bingo, dancing and traveling, along with a love of flowers and gardening. She and Vernon spent several winters living in Texas.

In October of 1998 she entered Prairie View Healthcare Center, Vernon later joined her there. She resided there until the time of her death on March 7, 2000, having reached the age of 89 years.

Survivors include her husband Vernon, two daughters, Donna Mae (Junior) Kathman, St. James, MN; Alice Cowell, Butterfield, MN; two sons, Lennis (Judy) Hanson, St. James, MN; Richard (Norine) Hanson, Tracy, MN; son-in-law, Ron Nelson, Colman, SD; step-sons, Larry (Patrica) Lamb, Arlington, MN; Rick Lamb, Minneapolis, MN; 21 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren; one brother Donald (Luella) Gilb, Garvin, MN; five sisters, Bertha (Roy) Kiel, Lake Wilson, MN; Violet Hook, Canby, MN; Martha (Marlo) Triplett, Tracy, MN; Bernice (Leland) Ellingson, Tracy, MN; Betty (Lowell) Bornitz, Tracy, MN; one sister-in-law, Florence Lorenz of Bertha, MN; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Ray, daughter, Doreen, two brothers Raymond and Ernie, two sisters, Leona and Alma, granddaughter, Nikki and grandson, Perry.

Interment was in Tracy City Cemetery with Almlie Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Darold C. Roby, 65

Services were held Tuesday, March 14, 2000 for Darold C. Roby at Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN. Reverend Stephen Olson and Reverend Marlene Elmstrom officiated. Organist was Richard Stelter.

Casket bearers were Jesse Roby, Ronald Roby, Michael Roby, David Roby, Allen Roby, Paul Roby and Corey Roby.

Darold Charles Roby was born September 26, 1934 to Rudolph and Bernice (Nelson) Roby in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. He received his education attending country school north of Garvin and later Cottonwood High School.

On January 5, 1957 he married Mary A. Fullen. They made their home in San Jose, California. In 1975 he moved to Elk Grove, CA where he died at his home on March 8, 2000.

Darold was a U.S. Army Veteran and the co-owner of Aladdin's Legal Service in Elk Grove, CA for 16 years.

He is survived by his lifelong partner of 29 years, Doug Mark Douglas, Elk Grove, CA; his mother Bernice Roby of Tracy, MN; four daughters, Lana Maslin, Lisa Roby of Elk Grove, CA; Julie Roby, Laura Roby, San Jose, CA; two bothers, Jerry (Jeanette) Roby, Apple Valley, MN; twin brother Donald (Julienne) Roby, Garvin, MN seven grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death was his father.

Interment was at Tracy City Cemetery with Almlie Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Patricia Montgomery, 66

Services were held on Sunday, March 5, 2000 at the Heritage Baptist Bible churc in Walnut Grove, MN for Patricia A. Montgomery. Dr. Max Younce and Rev. Carl Dixon officiated with Marge Younce and Joe Misosky as organists. Soloist was Marcie Burnett. Services will also be held on Sunday, March 12, 2000 at 11 am at the Heritage Baptist Bible Church in Perry, OH.

Pat is survived by one step-daughter, Kathy-Jo and her husband Larry Schultz of Shaker Heights, OH; one son, Harold Montgomery of Minneapolis, MN; five daughters, Michele and husband Tom Volanski of Drury, MO; Barb and husband Glenn Burkholder of Burton, OH; Lynn and husband David Caygle of Walnut Grove, MN; Mary and husband Kent Spitler of Mooresville, NC and Lan Feng of Rochester, MN; 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Norman and both parents.

The family, in keeping with the wishes of their mother, would like all memorials to be sent to either the Heritage Baptist Bible Church or to the American Diabetes Association of Minnesota.