Ronald Gamer, 73

Ronald D. Gamer, 73, of Hanover passed away on Nov. 30, 2014.

We have said goodbye to an incredibly Loving and Proud Dad, an Honorably Devoted Husband, Dedicated Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, and Caregiver.  A true Friend, School Teacher (Robbinsdale District), published Author, Pilot, Outdoorsman, Bow hunter, Fisherman, Hockey Player, and Barefoot Water-skiing master, avid Reader, and all around class act good guy.

Ron passed away unexpectedly from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  For more details and his beautiful letter to friends and family, please go to http://

Survived by: his loving wife, Madeleine; daughters, Kristie Gamer (Brad Lenz) and Darlene (Les) Arndt; grandchildren, Avary and Davis Lenz, and Nate, Grace and Henry Arndt; siblings, Karen Paulson, Larry Gamer and Betty Rood; as well as his cherished nieces and nephews and dear friends.

As Ron requested, we’ll have a “Celebration of Life” memorial party on Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2 p.m., (Dedications at 3 p.m.) at French Park in the Moraine Area, 12605 Rockford Road (Co. Rd. 9), Plymouth, Minn.

Memorials suggested to Madeleine Gamer or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (


Ed Moody, 79

Ed Moody died on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 in the company of family in the Sanford Health Palliative Care Unit, Fargo at the age of 79.

Edward Clarence Moody/ Urich was born on Jan. 9, 1935 in Buffalo, Minn. to Edward F. Urich and Esther E. Moody.

Edward served in the Army and earned many decorations, including Seven Steps to Hell, Marksman (Rifle) and Good Conduct. After an honorable discharge, he moved on to become an entrepreneur, making a living with his passions in antiques, electronics repair and furniture sales and restoration.  Edward was a loving and devoted father to his children.

He is survived by: his three boys, Christopher (Krystal) Urich, Jed Hall and Jeff Hall; six grandchildren; and also his lifetime companion, Julie Urich.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and many other relatives.

A graveside service will be held in the summer of 2015 at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Buffalo, Minn.

Arrangements are by West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center, Fargo area.


Kevin Orr, 53

Kevin Vance Orr, 53, of Watertown passed away on Dec. 9, 2014.

He was born on Aug. 22, 1961 in Denver, Colo. to Winfield and Marilyn (Jones) Orr.

Kevin loved to ride that Harley.  He lived life to the fullest and was loved by many.  Kevin was Kevin and he walked by his own beat.  He lived by his own rules.

He is survived by: Nancy Pierson; son, Branden (Savannah); grandchildren, Bridgette and Londyn; parents, Winfield and Marilyn Orr; brother, Darin (Cyndi) Orr; and sister, Beth Titus.

Memorial service is taking place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 in the Iten Funeral Chapel, Delano, Minn.  Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. prior to the service.  A party is following at the Delano Legion.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home.


James Ringquist, 69

James “Jim” Dean Ringquist, 69, of Buffalo passed away on Dec. 10, 2014, losing his brave battle with cancer.

He was born on March 14, 1945 in Fergus Falls, Minn. to Julia and Elmer Ringquist.

Jim married Andrina Kohn in July 1979.  A wonderful and happy 35 year marriage provided priceless memories of all his family, including: his friends, teaching, cars, rocks, Studebakers and memorabilia, playing guitar, listening to music (The Fabulous Flippers and rock and roll), selling things on eBay, and taking road trips.  He loved driving, as the journey was always as important as the destination. Jim taught high school chemistry, physics and science five years in Britton, S.D., five years in Ogilvie, Minn. and the last twenty-five years in Rockford, Minn. He loved his job and worked hard every day to make sure that his students were engaged and could learn all they could.  His students always spoke highly of him and his teaching.  Jim spent the last 10 years retired and working on his cars and his many projects around the house and yard, with his final project being building a Man Cave.  Jim and Andrina did lots of traveling to Arizona, Kansas and South Dakota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and two brothers-in-law.  He is survived by: his wife, Andrina; daughter, Tanya; son, Jon; three sisters; one brother-in-law; and other family members, nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Monday, Dec. 15 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, Minn., with visitation on Sunday at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minn. and also at the church prior to Mass on Monday. Interment was planned in the St. Patrick Church Cemetery, Jordan, Minn.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Amber Smithson, 52

Amber Smithson, 52, of Annandale, Minn. passed away on Dec. 11, 2014 at St. Cloud Hospital.

A memorial service for her will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18 at Fairview Church, Minnetrista, Minn.

She was born on May 5, 1962 in Watertown, Minn. the daughter of George and Mary (Bockhaus) Torkelson.

Amber married John Smithson on May 21, 1994.  She was currently working her way toward her nursing degree.  She handled foster care for all life, especially animals. She had a true zest for life!

She is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. Survived by: her husband; son, Derek Wolfsteller; daughter, Samantha Smithson; brother, Greg (Dawn) Torkelson; brother-in-law, Everett (Kathy) Smithson; sisters-in-law, Linda (Charles) Augustson and Julia (Jeff) Petersen; and other family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Minnesota Humane Society.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.


Marvin Yonak, 85

Marvin William Yonak, 85, of Buffalo passed away on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at Lake Ridge Care Center-Oasis Unit.

Marvin was born on July 3, 1929 to William and Lillian Yonak in Maple Lake Township.

He married Ann Dixon of Rockford, Minn. on Sept. 14, 1950.

Marvin enjoyed traveling, eating, playing cards, shuffle board with his buddies at the Buffalo Covenant Church, and being with his family and friends.  He was an active member at the Monticello Covenant Church and was known as Grandpa Marvin to everyone there.  He was the oldest living Yonak at the time of his death.

Marvin and Ann have four children: Andy (Diane) of Buffalo, Kathy (Ernesto Tapiz) of Monticello, Bill (Sonja) of Monticello, and Tim of Denver, Colorado; plus 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Marvin worked at J.R. Clark Co. in Mound, Minn. as a machinist from 1955 to 1971 and for the Buffalo School District as a custodian from 1971 until his retirement in 1991.  He continued to sub for the schools until 1999.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene, and his parents, William and Lillian.

Besides his children, he is survived by sisters, Donna Kaufman of Chisholm, Minn., Joyce Collins of Buffalo, Minn. and Joan (Chuck) Barthel of Clearwater, Minn.

He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements