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Obituaries and Death Notices

Mrs. Fred Beerbower
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Monday, 18 Dec. 1922) transcribed by FoFG mz

Thief River Falls, Dec. 17. – Mrs. Fred Beerbower died yesterday after a 10 days illness. She was born in Elkhart, Ind., April 11, 1865, and was married to Mr. Beerbower at Winterset, Iowa on July 2, 1890. Internment will be at Winterset, Iowa.


Andrew Dicken
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Friday, 19 May 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Thief River Falls, May 18. – Andrew Dicken, former farmer and resident of Thief River Falls for the last 12 years, is dead here. Mr. Dicken was born in Norway and came to this country when four years of age.


Nils Jacobson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 23 Dec. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

THIEF RIVER FALLS – Nils Jacobson was found dead in his residence on Arnold avenue, South, death being due to heart failure and hardening of the arteries.


George C. Johnson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Saturday, 7 Dec. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Dec. 6. – George C. Johnson, cashier of First and People’s strongest state bank, died this afternoon of pneumonia, which followed an attack of influenza. The body will be sent to Red Wing, his former home, today for burial.

Mr. Johnson was well known, not only locally but throughout the state and entire northwest. Entering the banking business at Warren, and accepting a position with First National bank here a few years ago.

He leaves a widow and three children.


John M. Johnson
Source: Warren Sheaf. (Warren, Minn.), December 15, 1920 - KT - Sub by FoFG

Steiner -- On Thursday night, Dec. 2nd, at the Physicians Hospital at Thief River Falls - occurred the death of John M. Johnson, one of the pioneer settlers of this community. The cause of his death was pleurisy. Mr. Johnson was born at Dalarne, Sweden, sixty-eight years ago. He emigrated to this country in younger days. He was one of the pioneer settlers of this community and settled on a farm about one and one-half mile east, of Steiner, where he resided until his death. He was a man who soon won the friendship of his neighbors and others whom he became acquainted with. He was taken ill last spring and was a patient at the Physicians hospital at Thief River Falls first, then at the hospital at Warren. He came home after a while but has never been well since. Mr. Johnson was 68 years of age, unmarried and is mourned by brothers and one sister in Sweden, relatives at Wylie, Minn., besides a host of friends. The funeral services were held at Thief River Falls Saturday and interment was made in Greenwood cemetery.


Sam Knutson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Friday, 22 Aug. 1913) transcribed by FoFG mz

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., Aug. 21. – Sam Knutson, a farmer in the Brunkeberg district, died at a local hospital here today following an operation for appendicitis. A wife and seven children survive.


Nettie S. Lakin
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Sunday, 27 Aug. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. Nettie S. Lakin, of the Harrington apartments, died Friday night at the home of her sister at Thief River Falls, where she was visiting. Mrs. Lakin is survived by two daughters, Emily and Loosa Lakin of Duluth. The funeral will be held Monday at Warren, Minn., the former home of the family.


Helen M. Lee
Source: Hibbing Daily Tribune - Oct 17, 2006 - submitted by a FoFG (NW)

CHISHOLM - Helen M. Lee, 84, of Chisholm, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, at Heritage Manor Health Care Center - Chisholm.

She was born Oct. 11, 1922, in Rocksbury Township near Thief River Falls, Minn., to Lewis and Serina Josephine (Swenson) Koidahl. She had been a lifelong Chisholm resident. She was united in marriage on May 9, 1941, in Virginia, to Gordon E. Lee. She attended two years at the Virginia Jr. College. She was a part of the Faith Lutheran Church Quilters group.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to Heritage Manor Health Care Center and its staff for their kindness and caring.

She is survived by her two sons, Gordon D. (Terri) of Hesperia, Calif., and Gary of Chisholm; one daughter, Karen (Phil VonderHaar) Koprivec of Keewatin; five grandchildren: Wendy Koprivec, Jami (John) O'Brien, Chris Koprivec, Danielle Hawk and Terri Vaughn; 11 great-grandchildren: Willie, Gloria, Vincent, Patrick, Kolby, Kelsy, Brian, Richie, Baylee, Shaun and Jamison.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; parents. Serina and Lewis Koidahl; and brothers, Stan and Ken.

Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at Faith Lutheran Church in Chisholm with The Rev. Robert Ierien officiating.

Visitation: Will be for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Burial: Interment will follow in Chisholm Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Chisholm.



Nelson | Tilton | Wallin
Source: The Duluth New Tribune,1910-01-17 - submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer

THREE PIONEERS DEAD
Thief River Falls, Minn.
Jan 16 - Three men who were among the first to penetrate this section and established themselves in what is now Thief River Falls, died this week. They were
Frank Tilton, H.O. Nelson, and J.H. Wallin. They were all buried from the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the interment was made at the Greenwood Cemetery.


Anna Nordhagen
Source: Thief River Falls Newspaper; Publish Date: unknown

Mrs. Anna Nordhagen, 72, a resident of Thief River Falls since 1917, died Wednesday afternoon, January 6 at the Northwestern Hospital.
Funeral services for Mrs. Nordhagen were held Tuesday in the Zion Lutheran church, Thief River Falls, with Rev. Leland Steen officiating and interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Green Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.
Anna (Hemstad) Nordhagen, the daughter of the late Anders and Gunhild Hemstad, was born in North Dakota on March 27, 1892. As a young girl she moved with her family to Plummer where she received her education. She was united in marriage to Olaf Nordhagen on March 30, 1917 in Thief River Falls. With the exception of five years when they lived in Kelliher,, she has since been a resident of this community.
She is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Arthur (Sylvia) Von Wald, Westminster, CA; Mrs. Bruce (Mildred) Fynskov, Kalispell, MT; and Mrs. Floyd (Lillian) Rux of Thief River Falls; and four sons: Oren, Glide OR; LeRoy, Shelby, MT; George in the U.S. Navy in Sunnyvale, CA; and Lester of Thief River Falls. Other survivors are three sisters: Mrs. Laura LaFayette, Plummer; Mrs. Ed Jacobson, West Allis, Wis. And Mrs. James Esche of Hamilton, MT; four brothers: Arthur Hemstad, Minneapolis; Oscar, John and George Hemstad all of Plummer; 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Olaf on Aug. 26, 1962, and by one brother and three sisters.

Funeral Card:
In Loving Memory of Anna Nordhagen
Born: March 27, 1892, North Dakota
Died: January 6, 1965 – Thief River Falls, MN
Services: Zion Lutheran Church, Tuesday, January 12, 1965 – 1:00 P.M.
Minister: Reverend Leland Steen
Organist: Mrs. Leland Steen
Soloist: Mrs. Clarence Weckwerth
Selections: The Old Rugged Cross, Abide with Me
Pallbearers: Joe Mead, Henry Carlson, Harry Johnson, Walter Rux, Olaf Samuelson, Albert Leppegaard
Interment: Greenwood Cemetery
Arrangements by: Green Funeral Home, Thief River Falls, MN
Submitted by: Karen Miller, grand-daughter


Gjermund Nordhagen
Source: Thief River Falls Newspaper, May 14, 1947- Submitted by Karen Miller, Great Niece

GJERMUND NORDHAGEN RITES HELD TUESDAY; NORDEN TWP. RESIDENT
Services were held at the Erickson and Lund Chapel Tuesday afternoon, May 20, for Gjermund Nordhagen, who was summoned at his home in Norden Twp. Wednesday, May 14, at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 25 days. Rev. Walter Pederson officiated. Interment in Landstad Cemetery.
Gjermund Nordhagen was born Nov. 19, 1870 in Osterdalen, Norway. He came from Norway to Fargo, ND in 1881 and moved to Norden Twp in 1885 and has lived there ever since. Survivors left to mourn his passing are: two sisters, Mrs. Sina Eggen and Mrs. Tina Eggen both of Kelliher, MN; one brother Olaf Nordhagen of Norden Twp; and several nieces and nephews. His parents and six sisters preceded him in death.



Leroy Nordhagen
Source: The Oregonian, Portland, OR, July, 2005 - Submitted by Karen Miller, Niece; Burial: Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR

A service will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2005, in Willamette National Cemetery for LeRoy Nordhagen, who died July 24 at age 78.
Mr. Nordhagen was born December 19, 1926, in Thief River Falls, MN. During WWII, he served in the Navy in the Pacific. In the 1950’s, he moved to Portland, where he owned Roy’s Painting for about 20 years. He moved to Milwaukie, OR in about 1985. In 1985 he married Diane Hawkins. Survivors include his wife; step-daughters, Debbie Fortin, Lorna Bird, Betty Underwood and Agnes Mathney; stepsons, Dick Chase and Larry Chase; brothers George, Oren and Lester; sisters, Millie Nordhagen and Lillian Rux; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Arrangements by Peake.

Olaf Nordhagen
Source: Thief River Falls Newspaper Published between Aug 28-30, 1962 - Submitted by Karen Miller

Olaf Nordhagen who lived all of his life in Pennington county and since 1959 in this city, died Sunday at Northwestern Hospital at the age of 75 years.
Funeral services are set for Friday afternoon at 1 pm at Zion Lutheran church of this city. Officiating at the rites will be the Rev. Leland Steen. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, with the Green Funeral home in charge. The body may be viewed until tomorrow noon at the funeral home and at the church for one hour before the services.
Mr. Nordhagen was born on Nov. 2, 1886, in Norden township, Pennington county. He attended school and reached manhood there. On March 30, 1917, he married Anna Hemstad in this city. After their marriage, they made their home on a farm in Norden township. His livelihood was earned at the well drilling trade, which he carried on for many years, in addition to farming. Upon leaving the farm, they moved to Kelliher where they lived for five years and in 1959 they moved to this city.
Mr. Nordhagen is survived by his wife, Anna; four sons, Lester of this city; Oren, Granada Hills, CA, LeRoy, Portland, OR; George, Imperial Beach, CA; three daughters Mrs. Art (Sylvia) Von Wald, Westminister, CA; Mrs Bruce (Mildred) Fynskov, Kalispell, MT; and Mrs. Floyd (Lillian) Rux, Thief River Falls. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Tina Eggen, Kelliher, 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One brother, seven sisters, and two grandsons preceded him in death.

Note: Olaf’s parents were: Jon Nordhagen and Siri Jensdatter Gronlands, Norway

Funeral Card:
In Loving Memory of Olaf Nordhagen
Born: November 2, 1886, Thief River Falls, MN
Died: August 26, 1962 – Norden Twp., MN
Services: Friday, August 31, 1962 – 1:00 P.M.
Zion Lutheran Church
Minister: Reverend Leland Steen
Organist: Mr. Jerry Joringdal
Soloist: Mrs. Clarence Weckwerth
Selections: The Old Rugged Cross and Abide With Me
Pallbearers: Harry Myron, Henry Carlson, Albert Lappegaard, Henry Lappegaard, Olaf Samuelson, Harry Johnson
Place of Interment: Greenwood Cemetery
Arrangements by: The Green Funeral Home, Thief River Falls, MN

Theodore Olson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Thursday, 18 Sept. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

THIEF RIVER FALLS – Theodore Olson, 44, resident of Kratka, Pennington county for 29 years, met death when crushed between tractor and feeder. Supposed engine backed up without warning. Wife, six children and three brothers survive.


Charles A. Pitkin
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Sunday, 16 Mar. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

THIEF RIVER FALLS, March 15. – Charles A. Pitkin, well known attorney of this city, died of influenza at a hospital in the Twin Cities. The telegram announcing Mr. Pitkin’s death comes from Mrs. Pitkin, who was with her husband at the time of his death. The message gives no details except that the funeral will be held at Crookston. The Elks lodge and bar association of this city will send representatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Pitkin left this city about two weeks ago and had since that time been in the Twin Cities and Mankato, where they had visited relatives and attended to business matters in connection with the estate of Mr. Pitkin’s mother, Mrs. A. H. Pitkin, who died at Mankato a few weeks ago.


Earl Roach
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 19 Sept. 1905; transcribed by FoFG mz

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., Sept. 18. – Earl Roach, the four-year-old son of James Roach received burns so severe that he died from the effects. With Tillie Zavtral, a little girl about the same age, he played with matches in a playhouse back of the Roach residence. A fire was started and the little children became so frightened that they did not leave the playhouse, but remained until the little boy sustained burns which caused his death. The little Zavtral girl also received many severe burns but she is now getting along nicely.


Caroline Rod
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Wednesday, 18 Feb. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

SPOONER – Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline Rod, wife of Axel Rod, who died Sunday night of pneumonia, will be held Wednesday afternoon at Thief River Falls, where she taught school for six years. Mrs. Rod was treasurer of the Spooner school board and serving her third term. She also was president of the Parent-Teacher association.



Floyd Rux
Submitted by: Karen Miller, niece -- bkmiller2@charter.net

Floyd Clinton Rux was born on March 23, 1924 in Reynolds, ND to Walter and Lillie (Lenz) Rux. He attended school in rural Reynolds, ND. He moved with his family to rural Thief River Falls, MN in 1946.

On October 31, 1948 Floyd was united in marriage to Lillian Nordhagen. Floyd worked for Montgomery Ward’s from 1951 until it closed and then went to work for Fosbergs. In 1966 he started working for the State of Minnesota Highway Department and retired in 1986. At that time he and Lillian sold their home in Thief River Falls and moved to their home on Union Lake near Erskine, MN.

Floyd and Lillian enjoyed making wood crafts together. Floyd was always busy feeding the birds and trying to outwit the squirrels from stealing the bird seed. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Thief River Falls, MN.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian of Erskine, MN; 2 daughters, Donna (Terry) Cooper of Renton, WA and Elodee Quill of Minot, ND; 2 sons, Howard Rux and Loren Rux both of Thief River Falls, MN; 6 grandchildren, Paul Cooper of Kent, WA, Leigh Ann Cooper of Renton, WA, Nichole (Corey) Merrill of Rapid City, SD, Ryan Quill of Minot, ND, Kimberly Quill of Minot, ND and Alicia Rux of Moorhead, MN; 3 great granddaughters, Audrie, Autumn and Josie of Rapid City, SD; 2 sisters, Wanda (Clarence) Schroeder of Bemidji, MN and June (Cecil) Olson of Littlefork, MN; 3 brothers, Clayton (Jean) of Anoka, MN, Delmer (Gloria) of Thief River Falls, MN, Franklin (Wendy) of Worcester, MA; a sister-in-law, Donna Rux; many nieces and nephews; and also his good friend and buddy, his dog Murphy. Floyd is preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Howard in infancy and Orlie in 1990.

Floyd Rux died Saturday, October 18, 1997 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA at the age of 73 years, 6 months, and 25 days. May his memory be blessed.

Funeral Card:
In Loving Memory of Floyd Rux
Born: March 23, 1924, Reynolds, ND
Died: October 18, 1997, Worchester, MA
Funeral Services: Saturday, October 25, 1997 – 2:00 P.M.
United Methodist Church, Thief River Falls, MN
Officiant: Reverend William Kerr
Organist/Soloist: Grace Hammer
Selections: “Hymn of Promise”, “Rock of Ages”
Eulogy and Time of Sharing: Donna Cooper
Interment: Rux Cemetery, Sanders Twp, Pennington County, MN
Arrangements With: The Green Funeral Home


E. A. Strande
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Saturday, 20 Sept. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

E. A. Strande, who died recently at Thief River Falls, where he was employed as a Soo Line dispatcher, was formerly a resident of Superior, having worked at Itasca for the Omaha road. Arthur Strande, a brother, also lives at Itasca. The deceased left besides a wife and one child, a father and four sisters, the Misses Agnes and Anna of Warrens, Wis., and the Misses Sadie and Meta of Rockford, Ill., and another brother, Peter, who is conductor on the Omaha at Elroy.


Ole Sversvold
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Monday, 1 Aug. 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

THIEF RIVER FALLS, July 31. – Ole Sversvold, age 81, for many years a resident of the Grygla community, is dead. He was born in Norway and came to this country 50 years ago. He was buried at Battle Lake, Ia.


Hays Wade
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Thursday, 26 Feb. 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., Feb. 25. – Hays Wade died here today from a fractured skull caused by the kick of a horse. Wade was enroute from Sands, Ill., to Roseau with a car of household goods and four horses. While the car was in this city one of the horses became tangled in its tie rope and while freeing it Wade received the fatal blow. A brakeman heard the noise in the car and discovered his unconscious body.

A large white bull dog remains on watch over the contents of the car and can not be induced to leave it.

The deceased was 24 years of age and his parents reside at New Bloomfield, Mo. L. W. Wade of Roseau, a cousin of the deceased, has taken charge of the body.


Clarence Walker
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Sunday, 14 May 1905; transcribed by FoFG mz

Deaths.
Clarence Walker, at Thief River Falls, Wis. Funeral at Stewart’s undertaking rooms under auspices of United Order of Foresters, at 2 o’clock this afternoon.


Mrs. Peter Wold
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Saturday, 19 Aug. 1911) transcribed by FoFG mz

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., Aug. 18. – Mrs. Peter Wold of Pennington died yesterday from tuberculosis. The funeral was held today from the Swedish Mission church in this city. Mrs. Wold was the wife of County Commissioner Peter Wold. She is survived by a large family.




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