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Obituaries from the week of July 30, 2008

Paul Larson, 44
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 28, 2008 for Paul Larson at the Lake Sarah Baptist Church in Rural Slayton, MN. Rev. John Lassen officiated.  The organist was Sherill Peterson with special music by Tom Hook. 
The pallbearers were Jeff Caviness, Rod Sanford, Mike Keller, Bill Vihovde, Rich Caviness, and Mark Anderson.  
Paul Donald Larson was born on October 8, 1963 in Slayton, Minnesota to Donald and Ina Mae Dayton Larson.  He grew up on the family farm near Currie, MN and graduated from Tracy High School in 1981.  Following high school Paul attended Canby Technical College in Canby, MN graduating in 1983. Paul then went to work at Salmon Motor’s in Tracy as mechanic till the time of his death. 
Paul passed away on July 23, 2008 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 44. 
He attended the Lake Sarah Baptist Church in rural Slayton.  Paul enjoyed working on cars, building racecars, and racing.
Survivors include his parents, Donald and Ina Mae Larson of Slayton, MN, four sisters and their spouses, Lynn and Ralph Haberman of Norwood Young America, MN, Peggy and Rich Caviness of Waconia, MN, Sandy and Mike Keller of Burnsville, MN, and Connie and Bill Vihovde of Burnsville, MN, and one brother, Doug Larson of Sioux Falls, SD, and several nieces and nephews. 
He is preceded in death by his grandparents. 
Interment was at Lake Sarah Baptist Cemetery, rural Slayton, MN, with the Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handling the arrangements.
The family would like you know that Paul was an organ donor and because of this countless lives will be changed.
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Marvin Loeck, 84
Marvin Loeck, age 84, of Marshall, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2008 at Minneota Manor Health Care Center.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marshall.
Marvin Glenn Loeck was born on December 2, 1923, in Rock Lake Township, Minnesota, to Gustav and Julia (Stoering) Loeck.  He was baptized December 23, 1923, and confirmed on July 31, 1938 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Balaton.  He attended school in Balaton, and then farmed with his dad.
On December 10, 1944, Marvin was united in marriage to LaVerne Rauschke of Garvin at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Balaton.  To this union, 12 children were born. 
Marvin entered the U.S. Army on January 20, 1945 and served until November 18, 1946 reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Army of Occupational Medal (Japan).  He was a proud member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Following Marvin’s return from the military, he farmed until his appointment as Postmaster in Balaton on April 2, 1963.  He retired on December 30, 1988 and lived in Marshall until his death.
Marvin passed away at the age of 84 years, 7 months, and 23 days.
He is survived by 11 children, Darrel (and Debby) Loeck of Tenstrike, MN, Duane (and Dar) Loeck of Wichita, KS, Sharon (and Glenn) Mitzner of Balaton, Judy Loeck of Oakdale, CT, Sue (and Don) Hansen of Wichita, KS, Nona (and Mark) Lauer of Sartell, MN, Dean (and Jean) Loeck of Apple Valley, son-in-law Dan Loe of New Ulm, Barb (and Stan) Hammer of Eden Prairie, Jaquelyn (and Johnathan) Schultz of Niantic, CT, Bruce (and Diana) Loeck of Rose Hill, KS, and Gary (and fiancee´ Deanna Hagberg) Loeck of Marshall; 27 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters, Elaine Goltz and Laurice Klukas; and many other relatives and friends.
Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, LaVerne; parents, Gustav and Julia; daughter, Jan Loe; and brother, Loren Loeck.
Burial will be in the St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Balaton, with the Hamilton Funeral Home of Marshall handling the arrangements.   Online condolences available at the

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