Nancy Crawford, 59
Heaven gained an angel, and the world lost a Ma, unexpectedly in the early morning of Monday April 19, 2021. Her nurse, airman and fireman are forever grateful for her love.
She is survived by her children, Mandy (Tim) Bode, Mollie and Allie Stoesz, Scottie (Rachel) Crawford, Joey (Amber) Crawford and Sylvester, Sadie and Sawyer and Emily Crawford; her brother, Chuck (Jalene) Howard and Anna; sister, Carol (Scott) Fuhrman and Kelsey, Alyssa and Megan, as well as many cherished fur grandbabies.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Violet Howard.
She lived authentically, unapologetically and loved without bounds. She was a friend, a mentor and a shoulder to lean on. Nana was her most treasured title (though kids won’t hold it against her). She was a cheerleader, a supporter and so much more. We will miss her smile, her contagious laugh and her loving hugs. The world was lucky to have her and heaven is lucky to have gained her. Forever and ever and always XXX’s and OOO’s, until we meet again Mom, watch over us.
A Celebration of Nancy’s Life was held Saturday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service all at the Buffalo Evangelical Covenant Church, 1601 Highway 25 N, Buffalo, MN. Private family interment at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN.
John Mavencamp, 85
John “Jack” Mavencamp died peacefully on April 12, 2021, in Portland, OR.
Jack was born June 18, 1936 to Henry and Amelia (Latour) Mavencamp. Jack grew up on the family farm where he learned the value of hard work, and it is suspected he garnered the nickname “the Rooster.” Jack attended Maple Lake High School where he graduated in 1954. After graduation, Jack moved to the city and pursued a career in contracting.
He met his first wife, Sharon Dahl, and they had four children. After an accident at a worksite, Jack decided to make a career change. He packed up his family in his trusty truck “Betsy” and moved north to Alaska. His initial plan was to become an A&P mechanic, but God had other plans for Jack. His unique ability to build solid houses thrust him back into the construction business where, for a period of time, he became the most prolific builder in North Pole.
The construction crash of the late 1980’s and a divorce laid Jack low for a bit, but never one to lay down for long he proceeded to rebuild his contracting business and continued to be the very definition of resiliency.
On a trip back to Minnesota, he met and later married Patricia Paumen. They continued to build houses together until retiring to Apache Junction, AZ. After a brave battle with an illness, Patty passed away in 2012. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s forced Jack to leave his beloved “bird sanctuary” in AZ, but he was lucky enough to move to a facility that was close to his daughter, Missy, in Portland, OR. He was fortunate to be able to live out his remaining days amongst the love and care of family. Jack was humble, gracious, kind, and hard working. He will be greatly missed.
Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; parents, Henry and Emily (Latour) Mavencamp, and siblings, William Mavencamp, Shirley Sherrard, Mary Elliot, Emily Rachel and Genevieve Aritt.
Jack is survived by his siblings, Henry “Pete” (Charlene) Mavencamp, Barbara Koshiol, Kathleen (Tom) Mooney; his children, Jon Mavencamp, Thomas Mavencamp, Melissa (Colin) Meskell, Michael (Meredith) Mavencamp; and grandchildren, Zachary, Nathan, Rosie, Ollie, Jack, Ryan, and Addyson.
There will be a memorial service held in Jack’s honor this summer in Alaska.
Dianne Scanlon, 73
Dianne E. Scanlon, age 73, of Buffalo, died Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital due to complications of COVID-19.
Graveside Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2021 at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, Maple Lake with Fr. John Meyer officiating. Family requests that masks be worn. Please bring a chair and dress for the weather. The service will be live-streamed on the funeral home website.
The full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.
Russell Wagner, 61
Russell Paul Wagner, age 61, of Rockford, MN passed away on December 10, 2020 from complications of COPD.
He was born on August 7, 1959 in Minneapolis, MN to Ray and Carol (Young) Wagner.
He was a welder for many years. He joined the Army National Guard at the age of seventeen and retired after twenty-one years. He was stationed out of Litchfield, MN. Go Red Bulls!
Russell enjoyed fishing, 4-wheeling, camping, collecting Coca-Cola items and helping people.
He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Corey, of Rockford, MN; special friends, Sandra Corey-Mosher (Fred), of Buffalo, MN; his parents, Ray and Carol Wagner, of Dassel, MN; sisters, Catherine (Joe) Krouth; Peggy (Randy) Holm; brothers, Ray (Val) Wagner Jr. and Ralph Wagner; many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his wife, Debra Lee Wagner on April 11, 1998 and his grandparents.
A graveside service with military honors for Russell P. Wager will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Lakeview Cemetery.
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo is serving the family. On-line condolences can be made at www.thepetersonchapel.com.
Celebrations of Life
Diane Meyers-Techam’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Deer Lake Apple Orchard.