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Obituaries from the week of January 26, 2005

Ken Anderson, 79

Funeral services are scheduled today, Wednesday, January 26, 2005 for Ken Anderson at First Presbyterian Church in Slayton, MN. Rev. Rollin Haynes officiating. The organist is Nola Aanenson with Lori Sternborg as soloist.

Pallbearers are Dale Peterson, Don Peterson, John Peterson, Paul Tuszynski, Perry McNeil, Tyler Anderson, Brett Anderson and Ben Haecherl.

Ken Anderson was born May 9, 1925 at his home in Mason Township, Murray County, MN to Walter and Anna Widboom Anderson. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. On March 9, 1945 Ken enlisted in the U.S. Army and later transferred to the Air Force and served in the Pacific Theatre in WWII. Following his discharge on December 11, 1946 he returned to the family farm.

On March 28, 1952 he and Fay Wiese were married at the Baptist Parsonage in rural Slayton. Following their marriage they farmed in Mason Township until 1969 when they moved to a farm in Lake Sarah Township. After his retirement in 1989 they moved to Slayton.

Ken became a resident of the Slayton Manor in 2003. In 2004 Ken became a resident of the Minnesota Veterans’ Home in Luverne and passed away there on January 23, 2005 at the age of 79.

He was a member of Lake Sarah Baptist Church in rural Slayton and also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Slayton where he had served as trustee. Ken also was a member of the Slayton VFW. Ken enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Fay; three children and their spouses, Del and Sandra Anderson of Garvin, MN, Debbi and Daren Carlson of St. Cloud, MN and Mari and David Haecherl of Garvin, MN; eight grandchildren, Kristin, Leah, Tyler and Brett Anderson, Sarah Carlson Granados and her husband, Fernando, Justin Carlson and his wife Teri, Anna and Ben Haecherl; one great-grandson, Parker McNeil and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Anderson of Paynesville, MN.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Lorna Eisfeld and brother, Raymond Anderson.

Interment was at Lake Sarah Baptist Church in rural Slayton, MN with military honors provided by the Slayton VFW.

The Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handled the arrangements.

Lilly Edwards, 95

Lilly Pagel Edwards, age 95 of Tracy, passed away Saturday, January 22, 2005 at the West Wind Village Nursing Home in Morris. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 5 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home. A complete notice (including the funeral time) will be printed next week.

Benjamen Farrell, 26

Benjamen J. Farrell, MM1 USN, Eagle Scout, age 26, of Maplewood, died accidentally while proudly serving his country on the Carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Jan. 18, 2005.

Preceded in death by grandfather Walter A. Baier. Survived by parents, James and Barbara; sisters, Erin 1st Lt. USAF, and Leigh; brother, Daniel; girlfriend Kirsten Gill; grandparents, Virginia Baier, and Duane and Darlene Farrell; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Funeral leaving from Mueller-Bies Funeral Home, Roseville, E 2130 N. Dale at County Rd B on Monday, Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. Agnes 548 Lafond Ave., St. Paul, at 10 a.m. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Boy Scout Troop #1, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, St. Paul, MN or the St. Agnes High School Choir.

David Gibbons, 49

David Ronald Gibbons, 49, of 315 18th Street, Boone, Iowa passed away at this home on Monday morning, January 24, 2005 due to lung cancer.

He was born on June 13, 1955 in Storm Lake, Iowa the son of Ronald and Shirley (Davison) Gibbons.

On September 19, 1998 he married Sheila (Deal) Palmer at the Community United Methodist Church in Ogden, Iowa.

David was a 1973 graduate of Ogden High School. He was a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad.

He was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Ogden. Dave “Bones” loved playing guitar, writing and playing music, bowling, fishing, hunting, metal detecting, gardening, and enjoyed his friends and family.

His sister, Patricia Sue Gibbons, and paternal and maternal grandparents preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Sheila, of Boone, Iowa, parents, Ronald and Shirley Gibbons of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, father-in-law and mother-in-law, T.R. (Bud) and Vivian Deal of Boone, Iowa, 1 step-daughter, Jennifer Palmer (Lori Pierson) of Long Beach, California, 2 step-sons, Richie Palmer of Boone, Iowa, Marty Palmer of Boone, Iowa, 1 granddaughter, Amelia Pierson of Long Beach, California, 2 brothers, Craig Gibbons and his wife Sherry of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Randal Gibbons and his wife Jani of Worthing, South Dakota, and 1 sister, Susan Buysse and her husband David of Tracy, Minnesota.

Services will be held on Friday morning, January 28th at 10:00 A.M. at the Community United Methodist Church in Ogden, Iowa with Pastor Richard Boatman officiating.

Interment will be in Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone, Iowa.

Friends may call at the Stark-Welin Chapel in Boone on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Friday morning at the Community United Methodist Church in Ogden from 8:30 A.M. until the time of service.

The family will be present at the Stark-Welin Chapel in Boone on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. to greet friends.

Stark-Welin Funeral Directors in Boone, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Matthew Pattinson, 22

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 21, 2005 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie for Matthew Pattinson. Monsignor Paul Evers officiated. Organist was Patty LeClaire with Gene Dold as song leader.

Pallbearers were Tom Byrne, Joe Byrne, Preston Rignell, Brandon Rignell, Tony Jenniges and Matt Jenniges.

Matt William Pattinson was born on July 18, 1982 in Mankato, MN to William and Jacquelyn Morgan Pattinson. As a young boy Matt moved with his family to California. In 1985 the family moved to Minnetonka, MN, and later to Lakefield, MN. Matt attended Lakefield High School. Following school Matt worked as a hired man for various farmers in the area. He also worked construction and at various restaurants in the area. He moved to Marshall, MN in December of 2004. Matt passed away on January 18, 2005 at his home in Marshall. Matt enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include: his mother, Jacquelyn Pattinson of Thompson, IA, paternal grandparents, William and Patricia Pattinson of Currie, MN, maternal grandparents, Daryl and Harriet Morgan of Thompson, IA, three aunts and their spouses, Kathy and Tom Byrne of Currie, MN, Kris and Tim Rignell of LaCrescent, MN, and Karen and Dale Robinson of Currie, MN, seven cousins, Tom Byrne and his wife, Lezlie, and family, Joe Byrne and his wife, Pam, and family, Preston Rignell, Brandon Rignell, Jordan Rignell, Mackenzie Radel, and Madeline Caron.

He is preceded in death by his father, William Pattinson.

Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Currie, MN with the Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handling the arrangements.