Robert Barnes, 84
The rodeo world lost a true legend, and Buffalo lost a real friend and honorary citizen. Bob Barnes, the longtime rodeo contractor for the Buffalo Rodeo, passed away on Nov. 23, 2013.
Robert Keith Barnes, 84, of Peterson, Iowa passed away Saturday evening, Nov. 23 at Careage Hills in Cherokee, Iowa. Funeral services took place Friday, Nov. 29 at the Church of Christ in Sutherland, Iowa. Pastor Jon Erickson officiated. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee military rites at the graveside by L. A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. Visitation was at the Sutherland Church of Christ on Friday morning. The Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa assisted the family with the arrangements.
Bob was born on April 19, 1929 at Cherokee, IA to John and Della (Dunn) Barnes. He graduated from Cherokee High School in 1946. Bob rode horses for a man in Iowa for the rest of that summer and worked at home on the farm. During this time of his life, Bob and his sister Marjorie began getting on bucking horses at buckouts throughout the Midwest. Bob and Marjorie became very interested in rodeo and began putting on their own rodeos in 1950. He served in the Marine Corps beginning in 1951 during the Korean Conflict.
Bob was united in marriage to Donita LaVae Ducommun on Feb. 2, 1958 at Sutherland, Iowa. By the time of their marriage, Bob was building Barnes Rodeo Company, and he and Donita remained in the rodeo business for the rest of their lives. Bob was a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and in 1984 was named the PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year. Bob served on the National Finals Rodeo Committee in 1985 during the time the NFR was moved to Las Vegas. He also served on the PRCA Stock Contractors Executive Council and the PRCA Board of Directors. In 1994, Bob was honored to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs. The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City honored him with an induction in 2010.
Bob helped to found the Midwest Christian Children’s Home near Peterson and was a member of its Board of Directors until the time of his death. He was an active member of the Sutherland Church of Christ and had served on the church board.
Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Donita in 2011, his parents and his brother, Kenneth Barnes. He is survived by: his children, Mitzi and her husband Michael Johnson of Litchfield, Minn., Marty and his wife Kendall Barnes of Peterson, Iowa and John and his wife, Cindy Barnes of Sutherland, Iowa; ten grandchildren, Megan and her husband Chad Berger, Westin and his wife Katelyn Barnes, Zac Johnson, Shayla Barnes, Bryce Johnson, Colton Barnes, Chad Johnson, Micah Barnes, Mary Barnes, and Mason Barnes; one great-grandson, Hudson Berger; a sister, Marjorie Barnes of Cherokee, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Dennis Ducommun and his wife Bonnie of Cherokee, Iowa; and two nieces and one nephew.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sutherland Church of Christ or to Midwest Christian Services (formerly Midwest Christian Children’s Home).
Lawrence Barthel, 64
Lawrence Robert “Larry” Barthel, 64, of St. Michael passed away on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born on July 5, 1949 in Minneapolis the son of Clem and Isabelle Pouliot Barthel. Larry graduated in 1968 from St. Michael High School. He later attended two years of culinary school. He was formerly employed as a chef at Mount Olivet Rolling Acres.
Larry was a life member of the Church of St. Michael in St. Michael. He belonged to the Historic Church’s Preservation Committee and was a Past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 4174. Through the years, Larry was active in Pro Life, was chairperson for Senior Dinning, belonged to the Befrienders Program, active in Toy Drive for St. Joseph Children’s home, and helped sponsor an under-privileged child in need.
Survived by: brothers and sisters, Lyle (Dottie) Barthel, LeRoy (Chris) Barthel, Mike (Cindy) Barthel, and Mark Barthel, all of St. Michael, Nancy (Byron) Tilus of Buffalo, Cindy (Jim) Bistodeau of Albertville, and Brenda (Bill) Mosby of St. Michael; a sister-in-law, Linda Barthel of St. Michael; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Clem and Isabelle Barthel, and by a brother, Francis Joseph Barthel.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Lawrence R. “Larry” Barthel took place on Monday, Dec. 2 at the Church of St. Michael. Concelebrants were Larry’s uncles, Father Eugene Pouliot, Father Francis Pouliot and Father Peter Richards. Interment followed at the St. Michael Cemetery. A visitation was held on Sunday evening, Dec. 1 at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. A K.C. Rosary was recited. Further visitation took place Monday morning at the church an hour prior to Mass.
Casket bearers were Larry’s nephews.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family.
Daniel Bazoff, 31
Daniel Jesse Bazoff, 31, of Rockford died accidentally on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 in Gordon, Douglas County, Wis.
He was born on Aug. 23, 1982 in Minneapolis the son of Michael J. Bazoff and Cindy A. Moberg. Daniel graduated from Rockford High School in 2001. He was a member of The IBEW.
Dan enjoyed: deer hunting, cooking, scuba diving, skydiving, ice fishing, boating, and being with friends. He also was an accomplished pilot and world traveler.
Survived by: his loving parents, Cindy Moberg of Rockford and Michael and Terry Bazoff of Minnetrista; sisters and a brother, Kellie (Spencer) Martinson of Monticello, Crissa (Shannon) Cichon of Buffalo and Parker Bazoff of Minnetrista; nephews and nieces, Zander, Julia and Laura Martinson, and Izabelle, Grace, Abbie, and Charlie Cichon; maternal grandmother, Marcia Moberg-Durham of Easley, S.C.; paternal grandparents, Tony and Maureen Bazoff of Nisswa, Minn.; and many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his maternal grandfathers, Donald C. Moberg and Maurice Durham, and by a cousin, Little Phil “Philly” Philip Anthony Franklin.
Funeral services for Daniel Bazoff will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, noon, at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, with Pastor Ted Vanderpan and Reverend Hershel E. Conley officiating. Private interment follows at St. Joseph Cemetery in Waconia. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
Honorary casket bearer will be Andy Manning. Casket bearers will be: Mike Clarke, Ricky Rux, Jeff, and Josh Chastek, Aaron Feehan, Matt Pitney, Jonah Pool, Nick Elverud, and Parker Bazoff.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.
Ruth Cameron, 69
Ruth A. Cameron, 69, of Melrose, formerly of Montrose, died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at the CentraCare Hospital in Melrose, Minn. after battling a long illness. She has gone to her savior Jesus Christ.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at the Montrose Community Center with Pastor Frank Moyer and Pastor Paul Klassen officiating. Inurnment will be in Kreidler Cemetery.
Ruth Ada Cameron was born March 16, 1944 in Presque Isle, Maine to Herbert and Addie (Rossignol) Plummer. She married John Cameron on Sept. 2, 1988 in Montrose, Minn.
Ruth was a woman of many talents. She was a wonderful cook, baker, seamstress, and gardener. Ruth loved to try new recipes, was an avid reader, and loved her animals. Often reading articles and comics from newspapers and magazines, she would cut them out and mail them to her grandchildren who she thought would enjoy them. Ruth was fiercely proud of her French-Canadian Indian ancestry and her childhood growing up in Maine. She also had a fierce love for Christ the Lord, the Bible, her family and friends, and all of the numerous animals that she took care of over the years (including animals such as dogs the size of horses, three legged cats, and her beloved blind goat named Doty). Every time you went to the farm, there was a new animal that just happened to “wander up,” taking residence at her home or barn. No animal or human was turned away when seeking shelter from whatever storm they may have been going through when they found Ruth.
All the while through the comings and goings of people and animals, Ruth had a steady rock in her husband of 25 years, John. Even in failing health for many years, John stood by and took care of her every need. Ruth was blessed to be loved by her husband, four children, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Grandma “Ruffs” will be missed by all. We know that she is in a better place and very happy to be reunited with those that went before her. We are sure she is upstairs baking a new concoction and listening to Simon & Garfunkel albums. One of her favorite songs said it well, “Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobblestones. Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.”
Survivors include: her husband, John; children, Mark (Bunnie), Cheri (Scott) and John (Crystal); 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; close family friend and pastor, Frank Moyer, his wife Shelly and their five children who brought much joy to her life; and beloved pets, Angel, Zeeva and DC.
Ruth was preceded in death by: her parents; son, Michael; sisters, Doreen, Cassy and Gladys; and her ex-husband, Raymond Reich, with whom she had a very fond relationship.
Harlan Farnick, 76
Harlan Cameron Farnick, 76, of Plymouth, formerly of Delano, Minn., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at the Mission Nursing Home in Plymouth, Minn.
He was born May 13, 1937 to Leo and Addie (Japs) Farnick in Delano.
Private family graveside services were held on Friday, Nov. 29 at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Delano.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
John Gruman Sr., 83
John R. Gruman Sr., 83, of Annandale, Minn., formerly of Buffalo, passed away on Nov. 29, 2013 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.
Born March 10, 1930 and departed this world on Nov. 29 at 5:43 a.m.
He was preceded in death by: his father, Ray; mother, Ellen Gruman; a sister, Beverly Clark; and a brother, Thomas Gruman.
Survived by: the mother of his children, Louise Ray of Blackwalk, Ark.; a son and his wife, John and Beth Gruman Jr. of Jonesboro, Ark.; a daughter, Red Robinson of Buffalo, Minn.; four grandsons, Dillion, Kalvin and Lucas Kafka and Jack Gruman; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jane Micklas, Mary Lyn Burris and Susan Laulainin; a brother, Roger Gruman; a sister-in-law, Irene Gruman; and other relatives and friends.
Mr. Gruman was well known by his grandchildren for his famous brownies and Little Debbie snacks.
Many people in Buffalo remember him taking daily excursions on the many wonderful walking trails in Buffalo.
He graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School and later graduated from Wisconsin State University in Madison.
Mr. Gruman also served in the Korean War.
Arrangements are pending. Serving the family, the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
Betty Johnson, 86
Betty Lou Johnson, 86, of St. Michael passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 at her home.
Betty was born on Nov. 14, 1927 in Minneapolis, the daughter of Walter and Minnie Rudd.
Preceded in death by: her husband of 64 years, Earl; daughters, Pam and Cindy; grandson, Kevin; son-in-law, Gary; and sister, Jean.
Survived by: children, Denny (Jill), Sue (Larry), Brad (Shelby), and Brian; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Betty Johnson will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m., at Our Father’s Lutheran Church, 3903 Gilbert Ave. SE, Rockford. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. A lunch will follow the service. Interment will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Maple Grove, Minn.
Casket bearers will be: Bobby Wisniak, Barry Thompson, Randy Mikolai, Michael Johnson, Kyle Johnson, and Jamie Johnson.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home is serving the family
Donna Nord, 54
Donna Jean Nord, 54, of Buffalo passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 at her residence.
She was born on Feb. 12, 1959 in Cumberland, Wis., the daughter of John and Delores Goodrich Hill.
On June 20, 1997 Donna J. Hill and Allen K. Nord were joined in holy marriage.
Donna was formerly employed as a manager of the American Legion Club in Buffalo. She also worked at Boondocks, Buffalo Dry Cleaners and took care of disabled and autistic children.
She enjoyed visiting with people and the company of others. A wellspring of fun and encouragement to everyone she met, she loved animals, especially dogs, and she enjoyed networking on Facebook, reading, and she had a stinging wit and a matchless sense of humor that never allowed you to take yourself too seriously.
Survived by: her husband, Allen K. Nord; daughters, Trisha Niebolte, Michelle Shepherd, and Katelynn Nord; six grandchildren, Christopher, Casey, Justin, Brianna, Jordan, and Amber; sisters and brothers, Bonnie (Larry) Baker, Patti (Steve) Martindale, Carol (Mike) Nenadich, Don (Karen) Hill, and Tommy Hill; mother-in-law, Arlene Nord; and other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter and by a brother, John Hill.
A memorial service for Donna Nord will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m., at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Buffalo. A time of gathering will be held on Saturday an hour prior to services at the church.
Arrangements for Donna Nord are by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
Loved ones provided the following comments:
“As a friend, five facts you should know about Donna: Donna was the giver of 15 different kinds of smiles, but none of them as precious (or rare) as the one you received when you took her by surprise. If she was your friend, she was your rock. If she was your friend, you were her family. Even a small trip to the grocery store with Donna would turn into a meeting of 5 new friends. She could start and carry a conversation with anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Even through this, the largest battle of her life, her thoughts were of how to make this easier on those who love her.”
“My sister, Donna, now has her angel wings. I will miss her so. The phone calls ... we talked forever about everything and nothing. The pretzels, and Top of the Tater, the truffles, but most of all, her wonderful sense of humor. Her ability to make everyone around her laugh. She took a piece of my heart with her, but left so many memories here. Until I see you again, I love you.”
“As a daughter, I cannot hope to describe all my mother meant to me. I have filled a notebook of thoughts and letters to mom since she left us. From this flow of memories trying to fill the void of her absence, I remember mostly her wisdom, unconditional love, courage and strength, and all the times she made me laugh. In the end, I only need four words: she was my everything.”
“As my beautiful wife, Donna provided me a home I was always eager to come home to. A home full of love, a gentle daughter with caring heart, and an endless supply of good laughs. She remade me into a better person by her countless examples of compassion and by her loving correction. Her smiles would bring joy to me as much as her curled lip would scare me those rare moments she was angry. When I met you, honey, my life was a plot of bare soil. But, God had planted a bountiful garden there when he gave you to me.”
Marcia Paulsen, 68
Marcia Sharon Paulsen, 68, of Rochester, Minn., formerly of Buffalo, Minn., passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at First Presbyterian Church, 301 Rohrer St., in Round Lake, Minn. Visitation will be held one hour prior. Private graveside services will be held at a later date.
Rome Phillips, 61
Rome W. Phillips, 61, of Buffalo passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
He was born on April 22, 1952 in Minneapolis the son of Maurice A. and Ruth Sigafoos Phillips Jr. He was formerly employed 30 years as a material handler in a warehouse for Tennant Company.
He enjoyed watching his sons play softball and the Minnesota Vikings. Family was everything to Rome, especially his grandchildren.
Survived by: his children, Dean (Kelly) Phillips and Brian (Jamie) Phillips, all of Buffalo, Justin (Tabitha) Phillips of Montrose, and Jess (Tricia) Vraspir and Jeremy (Ann) Broking, all of Rockford; love of his life, Rebecca Arradondo; five grandchildren, Paityn, MacKenzie and Jocelyn, and Lucas and Carter; two sisters, Laurie Clement and Madalyn Duffy; and other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his mother, two sisters and by a brother.
Funeral services for Rome Phillips were held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford. Private interment followed at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Crystal, Minn. A visitation was held on Monday evening at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitation took place Tuesday an hour prior to services at the church.
Honorary casket bearers were Mark Johnson, Steve “Pork” Burkowski and Bill Clement.
Casket bearers were: Dean Phillips, Brian Phillips, Justin Phillips, Jess Vraspir, Jeremy Broking, and Steve Peickert.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family
Dean Randall, 77
Dean DeWayne Randall, 77, of Monticello passed on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at his residence.
Funeral services Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m., at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Monticello. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo. A visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitation will be held on Saturday an hour prior to services at the church.Arrangements for Dean Randall are by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
Jerry Uhde, 77
Jerry W. Uhde, 77, of Las Cruces, N.M. was received by the Lord on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Jerry formerly worked several years as the Wright County Surveyor.
Born on Sept. 10, 1936, son of Herbert H. and Lilly I. (Breggren) Uhde of Parkers Prairie, Minn. Baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.
Married to Ordella C. (Freudenberg) on Oct. 29, 1960 at St. James Lutheran Church, Parkers Prairie. Blessed with two daughters and two grandsons.
Graduated from Parkers Prairie High School, and he then went into the Army at the age of 17, serving in Germany and France. Returning home, he attended Dunwoody Institute and the University of Minnesota. Going into land surveying, he worked for Caswell Engineering Co. in Osseo, and then Meyer & Rohlin of Buffalo.
He registered with the State of Minnesota as licensed Land Surveyor. He was accepted full time as the County Surveyor for Wright County in Buffalo, Minn., retiring in 2001.
Jerry loved his church and church work, as well as fishing, attending his garden, making wine, traveling and hiking in the mountains over the years, and he loved to dance. He fished every day he could and gave away most of what he caught, as well as the wine, and garden products, giving to people he knew. Jerry loved his family and followed them in sports and their lives. He had a way of making wood products out of scraps, always looking for projects to do.
Jerry is survived by: wife, Ordella; daughters, Roxann Uhde of St. Cloud, Minn. and Dr. Janet Uhde (husband, Alec Riendeau) of Roanoke, Va.; grandsons, Justin and Jordon Murray of St. Cloud; sisters Janice Uhde of Minneapolis and Marilyn Johnson of Parkers Prairie; brothers-in-law, Clifford Freudenberg of Waterloo, La., Jerry Freudenberg of Litchfield, Minn. and Palmer Sampson of Minneapolis; sisters-in-law, Romayne Sathre of Minneapolis and Doris Pike of Burbank, Calif.; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Both Jerry and his father died on Nov. 22. His father’s death was in 1987.
Memorial service is taking place on Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m., at Mission Lutheran Church and School in Las Cruces. Another service is taking place in Buffalo, Minn. on June 14, 2014, 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Interment will be in a Parkers Prairie cemetery.
Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, Las Cruces, N.M.