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Obituaries

April 11, 1929 - May 9, 2022
Ielene Rose Mathison, age 88, died May 8, 2022, at her daughter Susan’s home in Lake Shore, MN, where she lived. Funeral services will be held at Kline Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes, MN on Monday, May 23, at 11:00 with visitation starting at 10:00.
George Erickson was born in Pequot Lakes, MN on July 20, 1941, and passed away October 19, 2021. George liked working in the woods and spent most of his life around the Pequot Lakes area. In later years he resided at the Ammarilla House in Pine River, MN. George was very outgoing and uninhibited, so a lot of people knew him. At times he was comical and entertaining. He liked music, so when he got a dog, he named him “Buddy” after Buddy Holly. He and his dog became the best buddies.
Delores “Lorie” Elaine McKeever, 77, Fergus Falls, MN, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 6, 2022 surrounded by her loving family in Watertown, SD. Visitation: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2022, with prayer service at 3:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Fergus Falls. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2022 at Grace United Methodist Church in Fergus Falls. Interment: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at Norwood Cemetery, rural Pine River, MN Online condolences may be sent to www.olsonfuneralhome.com

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Ronald Ray Jones was born November 2, 1940, in St. Louis, MO. Shortly after high school, he served in the U.S. Army, with some of his time spent in Korea.
Tim McCarthy, age 72, of Pequot Lakes, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022, after a 6-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of nearly 52 years, Mary Jo (Hageman); daughter, Kelly Marcum and her husband, John and their daughter, Michaela; son, Tim, Jr. and his wife, Mary (Ray) and their children: Tim III, Collin, Christian, Seamus, Sammy, Meredith and Ian; brothers: Rick (Dana), Jim (Rita), Jeff (Allison), Pat (Jill), Mike (Kim), John (Michelle); sister, Kathryn (Jay); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, Richard McCarthy who died in 2001 at age 75, and Bette McCarthy who died in 2020 at age 95.
Frederick Arthur Gridley had an adventurous life. His journeys led him around the world and finally to Manhattan Beach, MN. He was never one to spare the truth for a good story… And his stories were legendary. To those who knew him, Frederick was a character, such a grand personality, and something bigger than life.
Leo Elyea and Susan Bye-Elyea both passed away earlier in April 2022, as a result of a car crash in Backus, MN. Prior to their marriage they both had full lives. Leo’s career in the Airforce took him around the world. When he retired, he returned to Backus where he had grown up. Susan had taught 33 years at Cooper High School. She was vice president of Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers, and voted “Favorite Teacher” by students for 21 years. After being widowed she spent much of her time in Hackensack and Backus at the lake where she met Leo.

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Marlene Alice Moser went on to be with her Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, on November 17, 2021 with the promise and absolute assurance of Abundant and Joyous Life Everlasting.
Keel Ray Holm, 53, was unexpectedly called to his heavenly home on April 15, 2022 in Kingman, Arizona. Keel was born April 7, 1969 to Loren and Margit (Dorner) Holm in Buffalo, Wyoming.
There will be a burial service on June 11th, at 2 pm at the Evergreen Cemetery in Backus. Following will be a celebration of life at the Rocky Dock Park in Backus from 3-4. Please send cards or donations for funeral expenses to Austin Keep 725 Roosevelt Ave Pine River MN 56474. Duane was a son, bother, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his son, Austin and grandson Carson.
Jerome O. “Jerry” Johnson, of Pine River, entered eternity unexpectedly from complications after a cardiac procedure on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Jerry was born on December 5, 1939, to Nels and Bonna Belle Johnson of Milaca, MN. He married Gloria Sitz on May 25, 1963, in Park Rapids, MN.
Daniel Lee Robertson of Lake Shore, MN passed away on a hike in Sedona, AZ on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at the age of 65. He was a husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend.
Marlene Fagerstrom, 84, went peacefully to heaven on Thursday, April 21, 2022, with her daughter and best friend, Lani, by her side.
Sarah Isabell Wermter, passed away on her 93rd birthday, April 22, 2022. Sarah was born in Pequot Lakes, to Louis and Verna (Maine) Kottschade. She married Arthur Wermter on September 4, 1946, and they had four children.
Marian E. Chell, age 92, formerly of Pine River, passed away on April 20, 2022, in Plymouth, MN.

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