Harold Cassida, 93

Harold “Hoppy” Cassida, 93, passed away at the Elim Nursing Home in Watertown, Minn., with Sharon, Annie and Ami at his side, on Nov. 23, 2016.

Harold was born on Sept. 24, 1923 to Ivan D. and Bessie (Clary) Cassida in Osawatomie, Kan., where he grew up.  He had memories of picking up laundry on his bicycle so his mom could do them and make money during the Depression. Harold graduated from high school in Osawatomie in 1942.

He married E. Marie Johnston in 1943, and shortly after, went to work for Great Lakes Pipeline (now Williams Brothers Pipeline), where he worked until retiring in 1986.

Harold and Marie made many moves during his years with the pipeline. Their last move was in 1957 to Alexandria, Minn., where they made their home from then on. After retiring, Harold began delivering Meal on Wheels.  At one time, he was the only person who delivered meals in the Alexandria area.

Harold was preceded in death by: his wife of 44 years, Marie; daughter, Diane Tvrdik; son-in-law, Cole Tvrdik; and daughter-in-law, Janis Cassida.  He was also preceded in death by his second wife, Rosemary (Peterson).

He is survived by his loving family: children, Steven Cassida of Spokane, Wash., Sharon (Michael) Shaw of Watertown, Minn. and Gary (Julie) Cassida of Bloomington, Minn.; grandchildren, Brendan Cassida, Steven (Meg) Tvrdik, Heather Mackenzie, Heidi Shaw, Christopher (Tiffany) Shaw, Jenny Cassida, Nicole Cassida, Erin Cassida, Keegan (Jordan) Freer, Sarah Sanders, and Tabitha Fieste; great-grandchildren, Tyree Mcgee, Bradyn Mackenzie, Kaidyan Shaw, Colton Shaw, Patrick Tvrdik, Adeline Tvrdik, Josephine Tvrdik, and Rowan Freer.  Harold is also survived by the numerous friends he made wherever he lived. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He spent his first Thanksgiving in the arms of Jesus and with Marie.  May he rest in peace.

Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Elim Home in Watertown. A gathering of family and friends will be from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Interment was in the Osawatomie Cemetery in Osawatomie, Kan.

Arrangements by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.


Douglas DCamp, 60

Douglas Kevin DCamp, 60, formerly of Buffalo, Minn., passed away suddenly on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at his home in Moorhead following a 16-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D., with Pastor Bob Bekkerus officiating. Burial will be held following the service. Visitation is taking place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Doug was born on June 17, 1956 in Champaign, Ill., the second of six sons born to Charles and Joyce DCamp.  He grew up in Watervliet, Mich., East Moline, Ill., and Riverdale, Iowa.

He was a 1974 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School, Riverdale, Iowa, where he was a standout football player and also lettered in track & field and band.  He played clarinet in the PV Concert Band and tenor sax in the PV Jazz Ensemble. As one of the top musicians in the state, Doug was selected to participate in numerous honor bands during his high school career. He was chosen to participate in Iowa’s All-State Band during both his junior and senior years of high school. Also during his senior year at PV, Doug received the John Phillip Sousa award as the top musician in his school. He continued playing clarinet while attending St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

He studied computer science, and it was during his sophomore year at St. Ambrose that Doug met the love of his life, Ronda McNally. Doug graduated from St. Ambrose on May 20, 1978.  One week later, on May 27, 1978, Doug and Ronda were united in marriage at Marion Lutheran Church in Gunder, Iowa.  Doug and Ronda made their home in Des Moines, Iowa from 1978-1984 and in Altoona, Iowa from 1984-94.  Together they raised two sons, Scott, born in 1979, and Jarod, born in 1982.

In August 1994, Doug fulfilled a lifelong dream when the family moved to Minnesota. Both he and Ronda accepted job offers from Fingerhut.  The family settled in Buffalo, where Doug and Ronda would reside for 21 years.

Overall, Doug worked in computer programming for 35 years at companies like Dyal, UCB, First Interstate Bank, Iowa Power/Midwest Power, Finger Hut, AIC, and Lawson Software.

In 2000, Doug was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He continued working throughout his battle with Parkinson’s until a separate battle with lymph edema forced him to retire in 2013.

Doug enjoyed playing and listening to music.  He was a true “do it your-selfer” who enjoyed working on home improvement projects at his various homes over the years and at the family cabin in Blackduck, Minn. He also bowled and played softball, but above all else he was the number one supporter of his children’s football and basketball games, wrestling meets and band concerts. Doug cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren: Callum, Brittyn, Storm, and Camden.

In August 2015, Doug and Ronda moved to Moorhead to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Doug is survived by: his wife of 38 years, Ronda of Moorhead, Minn.; sons, Scott (April) of Thief River Falls, Minn. and Jarod (Sara) of Fargo, N.D.; grandchildren, Callum, Brittyn, Storm and Camden; father, Charles of Bettendorf, Iowa; brothers, James of Hondo, Texas, David (Sheila) of Carey, Ill., Richard (Michelle) of Oshkosh, Wis., Paul (Deborah) of Riverdale, Iowa, and Jon (Kristine) of Savage, Minn.; sisters-in-law, LuAnn (Bill) Symes of Gardner, Kan., Terri (Tom) Paulson of West Des Moines, Iowa and Dawn (Cameron) Harris of West Union, Iowa; brother-in-law, Patrick (Susan) McNally; aunt, Luan (Joe) Dcamp of Citrus Heights, Calif.; uncle, Roger MacDonald of Grand Marais, Minn.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce in 1987, father-in-law, Robert in 1998, and niece, Rachel in 2000.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Michael J Fox Foundation.


Louise Kilgore, 89

Louise Case Kilgore, 89, of Rogers passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

She was born June 4, 1927 in Loretto, Minn., the daughter of Charles and Gertrude (Harff) Schnappauf. Louise moved back to Minnesota in 2010 after living 40 years in Colorado Springs.  She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 4051 in Colorado Springs.

Preceded in death by: her first husband, Leslie Case; second husband, Gary Kilgore; parents, Charles and Gertrude Schnappauf; and siblings, Harold, Margaret, Muriel, Lorraine, Harriet, Eileen, Luverne “Sonny,” and Lois.

Survived by sister, Carol (Charles) Hayes, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Memorial service Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church, Greenfield, Minn.  Pastor Paul Schuler will officiate.  Burial will be in Colorado Springs.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.


Margaret Kolb, 100

Margaret H. Kolb, 100, of Elk River, formerly of Apache Junction, Ariz., died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River.

Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. John Meyer as the Celebrant. Visitation was scheduled on Tuesday, prior to Mass, at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Burial was planned on Tuesday at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Margaret Hazel Kolb was born Oct. 29 in New Ulm to Herman and Clara (Schmitz) Battig. She grew up in New Ulm and North Minneapolis.

On Aug. 25, 1943, she was united in marriage to Charles Joseph Kolb at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Margaret attended beauty school and worked as a beautician until they started a family in Minneapolis.  She was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Rogers, St. George’s Catholic Church in Apache Junction and most recently of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake. Margaret enjoyed sewing, crafting, cross-stitching, and playing cards.  She cherished the time she spent with her friends and family.

Margaret is survived by: her children, Margaret Kreger of Monticello, Joseph (Jenny) Kolb of Las Vegas, Robert (Mary) Kolb of Buffalo, Paul (JoAnn) Kolb of St. Michael, Richard (Debra) Kolb of Big Lake, Patrick (Donna) Kolb of Milaca, and Sandy (James) Wilken of Milaca; 24 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Charles; grandson, James Kolb; son-in-law, James Kreger; daughter-in-law, Kathy Kolb; brother, Harold Battig; and sister, Alice Johnson.

Urn bearers: Joseph, Paul, Patrick, and Richard Kolb.  Gift bearers, Robert Kolb, Margaret Kreger and Sandy Wilken.  The Lectors, Rachel Shields and Mary Kolb. St. Timothy Resurrection Choir provided the music for the service.

Arrangements were entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Maple Lake.


Kenneth Lunceford, 75

Kenneth Leroy Lunceford, 75, of Buffalo, Minn. passed away at his home in Buffalo. Private services will be held at a later date.

Ken was born on Dec. 19, 1940 to Orval and Gladys (Colling) in Long Prairie, Minn. He graduated from Long Prairie High School in 1958.

He served his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga.  After his service, he made his home in Augusta, Ga., where he worked for the CSX Railroad 25 years.

Ken was a gentle giant.  He was a very kind and generous person. He truly loved animals, especially his dog, Harley, and his cat, Miss Kitty.

In June 2015, he moved to Cottagewood Senior Communities, Buffalo, Minn. to be close to his family. He enjoyed his time there, made many friends and had wonderful caretakers. He will be greatly missed by all.

Preceded in death by his parents, Orval in 1998 and Gladys in 1971, and stepmother, Marie in 2005.

Ken is survived by: his siblings, James (Marion) Lunceford of Stanchfield, Minn., Lowell (Brenda) Lunceford of Rockville, Minn. and Nancy (Jim) Borrett of Buffalo, Minn.; and eight nieces and nephews.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo is serving the family.


Willis Mellin, 95

Willis Elmer Mellin, 95, of Buffalo, formerly of Howard Lake and South Haven, passed away on Nov. 27, 2016 at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Buffalo.

He was born April 12, 1921 in Howard Lake to Arthur and Ellen (Anders) Mellin.  He graduated from Howard Lake High School.  After high school, Willis farmed north of Howard Lake until he retired and moved to South Haven.  While there, he attended Zion Methodist Church.  He later became a member at Buffalo United Methodist Church.

Willis enjoyed farming, tractors, and Bible study.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Melvin, and sister, Edith Swanbeck.

A celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Cottagewood Senior Communities in Buffalo.

Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake.


Bryan Miller, 58

Bryan Herman Miller, 58, of Maple Plain passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 after a courageous battle with heart disease.

He was born on Nov. 3, 1958 in Cloquet, Minn. to Glenn and Georgina (Schultz) Miller.  Bryan was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend to many. His gardens inspired more than a glance, and his dazzling light displays made many smile during the holiday season. He was a handyman who could fix just about anything and built fences with pride. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf, fantasy football and watching the Vikings. He liked to dream and to take a chance with a dollar or two hoping to win the big one.

Bryan’s greatest source of joy was spending time with his nieces and nephews, spoiling them with treats and even taking the time to teach them a thing or two.  He was a devoted caregiver, especially to his mother.  Bryan liked to tease, often considering himself to be the “youngest” sibling even though his “twin” brother was 12 years younger.

He was preceded in death by: his grandparents; his father, Glenn; his sister, Janice Ralidak; and niece, Justina Anderson.

He is survived by: his mother, Georgina; siblings, Kathleen Van Liere, Sharon Miller (Ron Ralidak) and Jeff (Michelle) Miller; and nieces and nephews, Adam and Alicia Van Liere, Jennifer Miller and Marissa, Justine, Cody and Cole Miller.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 in Our Father’s Lutheran Church, Rockford. A gathering of family and friends will be on Thursday, 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.


Owen Seck, 87

Owen Edward “Ole” Seck was born Feb. 20, 1929 to Fred and Cora Seck (Hedtke) in Watertown Township. Baptized at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Watertown Township.  Confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Watertown in 1943.  Attended Watertown High School, graduating in 1947.

Served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 - 1954 (stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict).

Owen married Ukiyo “Linda” Shimada Feb. 7, 1955 in Fukuoka, Japan. He worked for Fratzke Implement six years before going into the restaurant business with Linda. With his wife, owned and operated Linda’s Café in Watertown 30 years.  Enjoyed watching and playing (in his younger years) all sports. He could always be seen in the stands at a Red Devils games or at the high school football field when one of his sons was playing.

Preceded in death by his parents, aunts and uncles.  Survived by: his wife, Linda; sons, Steve and Tony; grandsons, Brandon and Jordan Seck; sister, Marlene Bender; and nephew, Mark Bender.

Services will be held in the spring of 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown. Details will be published as the date approaches.

Arrangements by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.


Frank Sienkiewicz, 84

Frank Henry Sienkiewicz (SIN-KEV-ICH), 84, of Big Lake, Minn. passed away peacefully on Nov. 22, 2016 at the St. Cloud V.A Hospital.

Frank was born in Dickson City, Pa. to Frank and Stella Sienkiewicz on March 7, 1932. He graduated from Dickson City High in 1950. Frank attended Business school at Bowling Green University, where he received a degree in business administration.

He proudly served in the Air Force and fought dutifully in the Korean War four years.

After leaving the service, Frank met and married Mary Ann, the Love of his life, and they had six children. Frank was employed as a barber and later worked at ITT Corporation, from which he retired.  Frank enjoyed the hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Frank also loved going to church, a true believer in the Lord.

Frank is survived by: his wife, Mary Ann of Big Lake; his children, Lisa Sienkiewicz of Monticello, Minn., Teresa (Dave) Nelson of Ham Lake, Minn., Frankie (Brenda) Sienkiewicz of Buffalo, Minn., Brian (Pam) Sienkiewicz of Punta Gorda, Fla., Jennifer (Mike) Rimkus of Denver Colo., and Jamie (John) Elrod of St Cloud; 18 grandchildren, Fidel, Ashley, Cassandra, Selena, Nikolas, Jada, Ryan, Mandy, Amber, Brittany, Michael, Jacob, Jenna Mariah, Joshua, Alec, Johanna, Samantha, and Blake; 4 nieces, Christine, Tony, Debbie, and Patricia; and 5 nephews, Frank, Kenny, Mike, Bill, and John; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Frank and Stella Sienkiewicz; siblings, Bill Sienkiewicz, Terry McGargle, Patty McCormick, Felix Sienkiewicz, and Al Sienkiewicz; and his loving grandchild, Briana Sharee Soto.


Funeral services for Frank Sienkiewicz will be held at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo on Friday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m., with Pastor Kyle of Saron Lutheran Church of Big Lake officiating.  A visitation will take place an hour prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids, Minn.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.