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PI::t O'P Thursday, April 7, 2011 . '". ~" "5. .-.-~ ObltUtlrI5 James 'Jim' Parks, 71 Valentine 'Val' Dufner, 76 Valentine "Val" Dufner of Wat- kins died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the St. Cloud Hospital, He was 76. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas with Ft. Tom Olson and Fr. Richard Gross officiating. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Fri- day, and from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Watldns Senior Citizens, St. Nicho- las Men's Society, and the Knights of Columbus prayed the rosary at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, followed by parish prayers at 5 p.m. Watldns Legion prayers were at 6:30 p.m. and Watkins Lions Club at 7 p.m. Interment was at the St. Nicholas Cemetery. Val Dufner was born to Jacob and Leona (Roering) Dufner April 27, 1934, in St. Martin. He was united in marriage to Theresa Frank May 30, 1960. He farmed in Wat- kins until his retirement in 2003. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, and a member of the Wat- kins American Legion Post 453. He was also a member of the St. Nich- olas Men's Society, Watkins Senior Citizens, Watkins Lions Club, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a former member of the Eden Valley- Watkins school board, the Watkins Sportsmen's Club, and the NRA. Val was preceded in death by his parents; wife Theresa; sons Duane, Darren, and Douglas; and brother Jim Dufner. He is survived by his children David (and Mayen) Dufner of Atbertville, Donald (and Stacy) Duf- ner of Belleville, II1., Dale Dufner (and friend Janet Kuechle) of Wat- kins, Dennis (and Lisa) Dufner of Cold Spring, Deanna (and Robert) Kulzer of Farming, Daniel Dufner of Waite Park, Debra (and Dan) Goe- bel of St. Martin, Dean (and Nancy) Dufner of Cold Spring; daughter- in-law Sharla Dufner of Watkins; 32 grandchildren; brothers and sisters Allen (and Donna) Dufner of Mel- rose, Ginny (and Tom) Borgerd- ing of Melrose, Ronald (and Dor- othy) Dufner of Albany, Darlene (and John) Borgerding of Leesburg Fla., Diane (and Jerry) Christen of Sauk Centre, Mary Jane (and Roger) Pundsack of Melrose; sister-in-law Diane Machtmes of Paynesx4Ue; and many nieces and nephews. Music was by Julene Faber- Andrusick. Casket bearers were Val's six sons David, Donald. Dale, Elwood Erickson, Elwood Erickson of Vadnais Heights, formerly of Kimball. died Monday, March 28, 2011. He was 86. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Cre- mation Society of Minnesota, 7835 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, with visitation one hour'prior to the ser- vice. Elwood Eugene Erickson was born July 29, 1924, in Kimball to Eugene and Mabel Erickson. He enlisted in the United States Army December 1942, and served in Europe during World War II. He debarked at Normandy, France, the second day of that invasion, and after many months of combat, arrived in Berlin just as the war was ending in 1945. He started his banking career at First National Bank of Minneapolis. In 1946, he started as Cashier of the State Bank of Kimball. He owned and served as its president until his retirement in 1985. Elwood married LJllian Ander- son May 18, 1949. He was a mem- ber of the Kimball American Legion Post 261, and a former member of St. John's Lutheran Church, as well as several other organizations. He 86 was instrumental in planning and securing funding for the building of the Kimball Golf Club and served on its Board of Directors for many years. He also served as chairman of the Kimball Board of Education and was designated as an honorary life-time member. He had many hobbies, includ- ing painting and wood-carving. He loved ~11 sports and was an avid reader. His most loved hobby was piloting his own airplane, and he made many cross-country flights with family and friends. Elwood was preceded in death by his parents and his son Jim. He is survived by his wife Lillian; children Barb (and Dave) Jotin- son of Kimball, Dick (and Sheila) of Monticello, Bonnie, and Julie both of Vadnais Heights; five grand- children Tim (and Sara) Johnson, Michael (and Ann) Erickson, James Erickson, and Andrew Erickson; four great-grandchildren Canaan, Brayden, Kafley, and Bree; and two brothers Willis (and Lois) of Fridley, and Ted (and Cindy) of Blooming- ton. He loved his family dearly and put them first in all decisions. Arrangements were by" the Cre- mation Society of Minnesota. View obituaries, guestbooks and vMeos on-line 1" (320) 398-5055 Kimball Area Emergency I Food [ Inc. St. Anne's Churctl in Kimball 10 - 10:45 a.m. Tues./Thurs. Also open 2nd Monday of the month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. tel. (320) 398-2211 For after-hours emergencies, call one of the area churches, James "Jim" Parks of Park Rap- ids died Monday, March 14, 2011, at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. He was 71. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday. March 17, at Jones- Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rap- ids with Rev. Lee Kantonen officiat- ing. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rap- ids. James D. Parks was born Sept, 22, 1939, to Esther Long in Osage. He was raised by Esther and Buster Long in Arago Townshop north of Park Rapids where his fam- ily owned and operated the Arago Truck Stop. Jim attended Park Rap- ids High School. Upon completion of his school- ing, he ventured to Grand Marais where he worked as a lumberjack. Jim then moved to Minneapolis where he gained employment with the Gold Medal Beverage Com- pany. He married Barbara Miegel Sept. 30, 1960, and they had three daughters, Debbie, Sandy and Joan. They made their home in Mounds View and later in South Haven. Jim was a member of the Sheet Metal Local Union 10. He was most recently employed by the Naegele Outdoor Advertising Company. Jim and Barb were members of the Dry Riders Motorcycle Club in Moose Lake. In 1986, Jim was in a motorcycle accident that left him with a physical disability. His spirit was strong and, with the help of his family, he continued to ride on a tricycle motorcycle. By their 25th wedding anniversary, Jim and Barb had visited 25 states. He loved the outdoors, especially when he could be deer hunting. He also enjoyed fishing. Most of all, he treasured being with his family. Jim was preceded in death by his mother and his son-in-law Ken Smith, both in 1994. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barb Parks of Park Rapids; his father Buster Long of Park Rap- ids; daughters Debbie Reinert (and Arnie Terwey) of Stl Joseph, Sandy (and Brian) Ophus of Hutchin- son, and Joan (and Dan) Schmitz of Eden Valley; six grandchil- dren: Craig (and Tanya) Reinert, Randy (and Tabitha) Reinert, Tony Smith (and Kate Henning), Marvin Schmitz, Robin (and Josh) Heinz, and Nicholas Schmitz; and several great-grandchildren, other rela-- tives, and many friends. Military Honors were by the Star of the North Marine Corps League. Casket bearers were Tony Smith, Craig Reinert, Randy Reinert, Mar- vin Schmitz, Nicholas Schmitz, and Brian Ophus. Honorary cas- ket bearers were Robin Schmitz, Thomas Terwey, and Ashley Terwey. Belva Arnold, 92 Belva Arnold of Elysian died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Pathstone Living in Mankato. She was 92. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville with Fr. Peter Klein, Cel- ebrant. The Arnold family will greet family and friends at the visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April8, atArnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home and Crematory in Janes- ville, and will continue on Satur- day morning for one hour prior to services at church in Janesville. Further visitation will be held after 3 p.m. Saturday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, concluding with prayers led by Fr. Tom Olson at 4 p.m. and burial at St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery in Kimball. Belva Christine Arnold was born May 16, 1918, to John and Cora (Blair) Stelten in rural Kim- ball. She graduated from Kimball High School and St. Cloud Busi- ness College. She began work at State Bank of Kimball. On Oct. 20, 1942, she married Cyril J. Arnold of Clear Lake, Minn. They lived in Kimball until Cyril was called to military service. Belva was fortu- nate to be with her husband while in various places he was assigned. She worked various jobs at the Medford, Ore. Bank. also for West- ern Union, U.S. National Bank in Corvallis, Ore., and at the Aber- deen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md. in the finance department. After the war, they returned to Kimball and lived there until 1954. That same year they moved to Janesville, Minn., and lived there until 1991 when they moved to Ely- sian, Minn. to live on Lake Francis. Belva was a member and offi- cer of Kimball American Legion Auxiliary, PTA, St. Anne's Cath- olic Church in Kimball, St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville, and the Winona Council of Catholic Women. She enjoyed collecting and refinishing antiques, doing nee- cookies and lemon pie. She had a delightful sense of humor and ready smile. Belva was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Cyril (2002); her brothers Wilfred, Vern, Ervin, Robert, Lester, Frank and Norbert, and her sisters Nel- lie Stelten, Leona Hess and Isabel Edwards. Also preceding her in death are many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is survived by her children Gary (and Charleen) Arnold, Dick (and Carol) Arnold all of Waseca, David (and Mary Beth) Arnold of North Mankato, and Barbara (and Bill) Palmer of Granite Bay, Calif. Belva has 11 grandchil- dren Nathan (and Amber) Arnold, Nicholas (and Shannon) Arnold. Molly Arnold, Megan (and Kevin) Wright, Betsy (and Kevin) Bahn, John Arnold and fianc6e Sarah Motl, Jacob Arnold, Joshua Arnold, Matthew Arnold, Jennifer Palmer and Mark (and Meaghan) Palmer. Belva has eight great-grandchil- dren Alexis, Brody, Lauren, Mack- enzie, Carson, Spencer, Mason and Molly. dlepoint, playing cards, and all ~~:~::~::~:~::~::;:::::::::::~::~:~;::~:::~ :: . kinds of music and dancing. She, with her husband, enjoyed 25 years wintering in Texas where they made many dear friends. Recent winters wercspent in Cal- ifornia with daughter Barbara and her family. Family and friends knew Belva for her excellent bak- ing, especially chocolate chip ait for lisle fo after it Jack London. ........ ~. : ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::, , ... Amenities to meet your needs: 3 meals per day & snacks Scheduled exercise and Church activities, including mass 3 Umes/mo. Housekeeping/laundry services Medication services with LPN/RN services available Heritage House of Kimball Assisted Living at its Finest