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Obituaries from the week of July 15, 2009

Myrtle Ravers service set

A memorial service for Myrtle (Stienke) Ravers is planned next week at the Almlie Funeral Home.

The service will be conducted Thursday, July 23, at 1 p.m. Interment will be at the Tracy Cemetery.  Mrs. Ravers died on April 6, 2009.


Robert Scott, 45

Funeral services were held on  Friday, July 10, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy for Robert J. Scott, age 47 of Tracy, MN.    

Robert Joseph Scott was born April 25, 1962 to Dale and Doris (Kosse) Scott in Tracy, MN, Lyon County.  He was baptized, received first Holy Communion and confirmed in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Bob attended St. Mary’s Catholic school and Tracy Public Schools.

Bob stayed on the family farm, between Tracy and Garvin, MN, and worked with his father and brother, and also raised livestock.  He had also worked two seasons with a combine crew.  Farming was his favorite pastime and he took great care in the machinery, keeping them all clean and polished.  He enjoyed watching the Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy and older television shows, hunting, when he was younger, fishing, gardening and he took great pride in his truck.

His faith was very important to him and it was known in his family that he carried a small crucifix on him at all times.  Bob was a life-long member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy and seldom missed a Saturday evening mass.

On Sunday, July 5, 2009 Bob died at his home, very unexpectedly, at the age of 47.

Robert is survived by his father and mother, Dale and Doris Scott of Tracy, MN; one brother, Chuck Scott of Garvin, MN, four sisters, Deb Tanghe-Dale of Marshall, MN, Loretta Utsler of Backus, MN, Leanne (Jim) McMahon and Chris (Kevin) Lanners, both of Tracy, MN; paternal grandfather, Willis Scott of Tracy, MN; one uncle, Donald (Dolly) Scott of Tracy, MN; two aunts, Theresa (Charles) Buyck of Tracy, MN and Dianne Annibel of Tucson, AZ; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His maternal grandparents, paternal grandmother, one aunt, LaVonne (Arnold) Henning and one uncle, Bob Kosse preceded him in death.  

Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Tracy.   The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.

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Dale Sherman, 45

Funeral Services were held today, Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at the Balaton High School for Dale W. Sherman, age 45 of Balaton.

Dale Wallace Sherman was born May 27, 1964 to Edgar “Wally” and Charlotte (Fagg) Sherman in Olivia, MN, Renville County.  He was baptized in St. Lukes Lutheran Church in Franklin, MN and as a young boy, moved with his family to Balaton, MN in 1969.  He was confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton and attended Balaton Public Schools, graduating from Balaton High School in 1982.  Dale enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1982 until 1986.  Upon receiving his honorable discharge He returned to Balaton and went to work for MCP in Marshall, MN as a supervisor.  Dale was also farming part-time.

On July 28, 1990 Dale married Darleen Mathews at Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton.  They made their home in Balaton and Dale left MCP in 1995, after twelve years, to farm full time.  Dale became a USDA farm Advocate for about five years, until 2008, and continued to farm until his death.

Dale was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton, and also the American Legion, serving on the Honor Guard.  He had served on the Balaton School Board in the past, as well.  He will be remembered by friends and family as the man who could not say no.  He was always willing to help someone in need, often times leaving his own work till others were done.  He enjoyed riding his Harley, helping friends, watching the history channel, and building things with his hands.  Working on the farm, was never work to him.  He loved spending time with his family and cherished his two grandsons very much.

On Friday, July 10, 2009 Dale died at the Avera-Marshall Medical Center at the age of 45.

Dale is survived by his wife, Darleen Sherman of Balaton, MN; three daughters, Dawn Sherman of Pipestone, MN, Danielle and DeziRae Sherman, both of Balaton, MN; two grandsons, Izak and Karter Wixon of Pipestone, MN; father, Wally Sherman and mother, Charlotte Sherman, both of Balaton, MN; two sisters, Beatrice (Chris) Olsen of Marshall, MN and DeAnna (Kevin) Hanson of Chanhassen, MN; one brother, Reinhart Sherman of Lovington, NM; father-in-law, Virgil (Deloris) Mathews of Walnut Grove, MN; mother-in-law, Janice (John) Steinle of Balaton, MN; very special sister, Sara Connelly of Marshall, MN; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a great many friends.

His grandparents preceded him in death.

A committal service was held following the service with full military honors at the Sherman farm site. 

The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton  handled the arrangements.

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