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Obituaries from the week of Dec. 2, 2009

Morris C. Ohman, 77

Morris C. Ohman age 77 of Tracy passed away on Monday, November 30, 2009 at Sanford Tracy Medical Center after an extended illness. Due to Morris’ wishes a private family service will be held at a later date with burial in the Tracy City Cemetery. The Tracy Area Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Email condolences may be sent via:

Morris C. Ohman was born October 27, 1932 to Donald and Pearl (Klien) Ohman in Tracy, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Tracy. Morris graduated from the Tracy High School in 1951.  On November 24, 1953, Morris was united in marriage to Virginia Danielson in Tracy. He was co-partner, with Pearl Ohman and Leona Ingalls, at Ohman and Son Furniture Store in Tracy.  He was respected for his willingness to help many people in various circumstances in life. Morris served on the Tracy Fire Department for 22 years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge and Pistol and Rifle Club. Morris loved woodworking and helped with totally remodeling four homes and helped various friends with their remodeling.

Morris is survived by his wife Virginia of 55 years; two sons: Maurel (Deb) Ohman and David both from Tracy; granddaughter Melissa; and great-grandson Hayden. Also surviving is sister Jean (Dwight) Moon of St. Francis, MN; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and great-granddaughter Madyson Stirn.



Lyle Starks, 91

Funeral services were held Monday, November 30, 2009 at Tracy United Methodist Church in Tracy, MN, for Lyle Y. Starks.

Lyle York Starks was born July 16, 1918 to Nicholas and Blanche (York) Starks near Agate, NE, Sioux County.  He was the eldest of nine children and attended country school and at sixteen he went to work, as a ranch hand, on the Cherry Ranch.  In 1941 he entered the US Army and served until his honorable discharge in 1946, when he returned to Nebraska. 

On 5, 1946 Lyle married Imogene Veline in Scott’s Bluff, NE.  They made their home in the Gering, NE area for several years.  In 1948 they moved to Chadron, NE where together with his wife they owned and operated a plumbing business.  In 1950 they moved to a farm in the Amiret, MN area, where he raised cattle and farmed until 1996 when they moved into Tracy, MN.  In 2003 he moved into an assisted living complex in Brandon, SD.

Besides enjoying his life as a rancher, Lyle enjoyed cattle roping, wood and leather working, hunting, fishing, especially ice fishing, playing guitar and he loved children. 

In August of 2008 Lyle became a resident of the Avera-Prince of Peace Retirement Community in Sioux Falls, SD, where he died Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at the age of 91.

Lyle is survived by his two daughters, Sonja (John) Lynch of Sioux Falls, SD and Bonnie Starks of Eugene, OR; two grandchildren, Heather (David) DeVries and Jason (Ann) Lynch; six great grandchildren, Logan, Lucas, Landon, Ian, Brionna, and Micayla; four sisters, Barbara Campbell of Riverton, WY, Joan (Joe) Kerns of Morrill, NE, Jean Randall of Helotes, TX, and Georgia Eckhardt of West Blocton, AL; nieces, nephews and friends.

His wife, Imogene, parents, two brothers, Charles and John, and two sisters, Mabel Cashatt and Edna Meyers preceded him in death.

Interment was in the Bethel Cemetery.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.  Online condolences may be placed at