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Obituaries from the week of September 25, 2013

Florence M. Phillips, 82


Florence M. Phillips age 82 of Tracy, MN died Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy. Interment will be in the Tracy City Cemetery, with a luncheon served in the church social hall immediately following the burial. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy is handling the arrangements.

Florence Margaret Phillips was born March 4, 1931 to Israel and Florence (Sterling) Raymond in Tracy, MN, Lyon County.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended country school near Amiret, MN.  As a young woman Florence worked for the Hotel Exchange in Tracy, as a waitress.

On November 10, 1947 Florence married Howard Petersen at the Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy.  They made their home in the Tracy area until 1954, when they purchased a farm near Glenwood, MN.  After Howard’s death in 1967, Florence remained on the farm until July 3, 1969 when Florence married Floyd Phillips in Alexandria, MN.  They made their home in Tracy, MN and Florence has lived in Tracy ever since.  While living in Tracy, Florence worked for Schott Corporation in Marshall, MN for twenty years and was a waitress at the Red Rooster Café in Tracy for many years.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was active over the years in the Zion Lutheran Church Women’s group and Bible study.  She was also a member of the Tracy VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries, Tracy Eagles Club and Primetimers.  Florence enjoyed playing cards, especially Canasta, painting, Bingo, Crossword puzzles, Crafts, and taking several trips with the Primetimers.

In April of 2012 Florence became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy, where she died, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Florence is survived by her three daughters, JoAnne Bromen of Newport, MN, Linda (Les) Wakefield and Susan (Jon) Breyfogle, both of Tracy, MN; four sons, Ronald (Sandy) Petersen of Woodbury, MN, David (Lynn) Petersen of Tracy, MN, Larry (Connie) Petersen of St. Paul Park, MN and Jerry Petersen of Winona, MN; step-son, Todd (Kelly) Kopischke of Vernon Center, MN; twenty nine grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Irene Petersen of Tracy, MN and June Langdon of Seattle, WA; nieces, nephews and friends.

Her two husbands, Howard Petersen and Floyd Phillips, one infant son, one great granddaughter, son-in-law, five brothers, George, Jim, Ed, Joe and Lloyd, and three sisters, Helen McFall, Ruth Koch, and Marie Walker preceded her in death.

Chris Gullickson, 64


Chris Gullickson age 64 of Garvin passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall following a long battle with cancer. Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service - Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Chris Gullickson was born February 11, 1949 in Tracy, Minnesota to Darold “Buddy” and Donna (Bisgarrd) Gullickson.  He was baptized at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, rural Walnut Grove, and confirmed at Tracy Lutheran Church.  He attended school in Walnut Grove.  Chris worked in construction, building elevators and ethanol plants.  His passion was raising exotic animals on his farm, Broken Wheel Ranch, in Garvin.  The animals he raised included bears, cougars, buffalo, beefalo, yaks, watusi, and tigers. 

Chris spent the last two years battling cancer, and entered Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall on August 20, 2013 where he passed away on September 17, 2013 at the age of 64 years.

Chris is survived by his two sons: Cody (Sarah) Gullickson of Sherburn, MN, Ryan Gullickson of Currie, MN but currently attending college in Australia; grandchildren: Lane and Amelia Gullickson of Sherburn; siblings: Clayton (Cheryl) Gullickson of Garvin, Cookie (Scott) Parker of Revere, Darla Gullickson of Winthrop, and Lesa Olson of Laughlin, NV; and nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Buddy and Donna Gullickson.