Obituaries

Dean “Senator” Kosel

Aug. 10, 1944 – Nov. 24, 2022 WINDOM, Minn. — Dean “Senator” Kosel, 78, Jeffers, Minn., died Thursday, Nov. 24, in Good Samaritan Society — Sogge Memorial. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Pastor Jennifer Bennet will officiate. Burial will be Friday in Red Rock Cemetery near Sanborn, Minn. Memorials are preferred to Avera Hospice. Arrangements by LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom.


  • Lee Richard Van Norman

    Lee Richard Van Norman passed away on November 22, 2022 at the age of 89, in Coon Rapids, MN. Lee was born in a farmhouse in Windom, MN on August 30, 1933 son of Glen and Julia Van Norman.  He proudly served in the United States Army and attended the University of Minnesota. Lee met his beloved wife Lavon Lindberg at a New Years Eve party after he returned home from serving in the Korean War in the United States Army.  Lee and his pregnant wife, Lavon, loaded up their station wagon and brought their 4 kids to Anoka, Minnesota in 1968 and with a car packed full of their belongings and 4 kids, and the middle son Jamie (James) cried I want to go home, and Lee replied jokingly “You don’t have a home” fortunately they found a perfect home in Anoka, MN and lived there for 17 years. Lee was always the “fun dad” taking the hockey team he coached to Herr Schmidt in Anoka after hockey games for a pop. He would also load up the neighborhood kids in the back of his pickup truck on a hot summers day to take them to “Twister” for 10 cent slushies.  Lee and Lavon moved to Texas with their youngest daughter Dana to get away from Minnesota winters, and in 1994 after the passing of his beloved wife Lavon he moved back to Coon Rapids, MN to live. He enjoyed drinking a few “cold ones” at the local Shortstop in Coon Rapids where he met Doris Tanchin his “girlfriend” of 18 years. Lee could be seen with his friends known as the “3 stooges” Lee, John and Paul sharing laughs and telling jokes.  Lee and Doris moved to the country to their farmhouse in Milaca, MN in 1995 and enjoyed the country life until her passing in 2014.  He fought cancer 3 times, and moved back to Coon Rapid, MN in 2018 to Margaret Place Senior Apartments. Lee lived independently until September of this year, and he enjoyed the fun activities at the apartments and joined in the activities and was loved by all who knew him.  Lee and his dog Luigi could be seen taking walks around the apartment and socializing with his friends he made there.  Lee worked as a Surveyor in Owatonna MN, Golden Valley, MN and Anoka, MN; he was a proud member of the Anoka Carpenters Union for many years. Lee was also a long haul Truckdriver for many years with Dart Transit, and proudly racking up over 1 million miles over the years driving as a Truckdriver.  He enjoyed cooking and listening to country music; he loved to watch Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings games on TV, as well as running the beer truck at the Anoka County Fair for Shortstop owners Souki and Kay.  His great smile and friend personality will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.  Lee was preceded in death by his 4 siblings Donnie, Duane, Lois and Neal. Lee would joke and say he needed to live to be 88, so he could be the longest living sibling.  Lee is survived by his 5 children and their spouses Marla (Rick), Tim, (Julie) James (Jackie) Lance (Jody), and Dana (Chris); 12 grandchildren, Pete, Paul, Bret, Chantal, Tyler, Raquel, Katie, Austin, Krystal, Erin, Chance and Gracie; 8 great-grandchildren, Walter, Gavin, Clark, Claire, Liam, Bridgett, Sedona and Blakely; and countless nieces, nephews, and friends, who will miss his him.

    Luigi will reside with Marla and Rick at their home.  A Memorial Service for Lee will be held on Friday, December 9th at 11 am with a visitation one hour prior, at Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home in Anoka, 763-421-0220, www.Thurston-Lindberg.com


  • Ronald “RV” Vought

    A Celebration of Life Service for Ronald “RV” Vought, age 77, of Windom, was held Sunday, December 4th at 2:00 P.M. at the American Lutheran Church in Windom, with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.

    A time of visitation and gathering was held on Saturday, December 3rd from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom.

    Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of “RV”

    may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

    Ronald Allan Vought was born May 21, 1945, to the late W. Donald and Meta (Reimers) Vought, in Windom, Minnesota. Through the years Ronald had many nicknames, including Ron, Ronnie, and RV. Ron was baptized and confirmed at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom. As a child, he attended Vought Rural School House in Springfield Township, and then he continued his secondary education at Jeffers and Windom Public Schools. He graduated from Windom High School with the class of 1963. Ron earned an associate degree from Jackson Vocational & Technical College.

    Ronnie married Carol Jacobson on January 20, 1968, at the American Lutheran Church in Windom. The couple raised and loved two sons, Mike and Joey, along with their foster son, Steve Riordan. Ron was self-employed all of his life; he farmed and owned Diamond “V” Sandblasting & Painting.

    Ron loved playing ball in his younger years, especially wallyball at the Windom Arena. He was passionate about farming, raising calves and making corn mazes. He also enjoyed gardening and mowing. Ronnie had a fleet of John Deere equipment, and he enjoyed owning classic cars. He had many collections, including baseball cards, hay bale hooks, and sledgehammers. RV looked forward to going to the monthly sale auctions in Storden.

    Ron was a longtime, dedicated member of the American Lutheran Church in Windom, where he served on the Properties Board and ushered for 25 years. Ronnie served on the Dale Township Board.

    On November 28th, Ron passed away with family at his side, at Windom Area Health in Windom, Minnesota.

    Left to cherish Ronnie’s memory are his wife of 54 years, Carol Vought of Windom; two sons, Mike (Cindy) Vought of Moorhead and Joey (fiancé, Jackie Mau) Vought of Windom; foster son, Steve (Michele) Riordan of Windom; six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Colleen and Matthew Vought, Keagan Hofferbert, and Jagar & Ryder Riordan; sister, Marlene Hubbs; mother-in-law, Lorraine Jacobson; brother-in-law, Jake Jacobson; in-laws, John (Judy) Holt; niece, Annette Vought Ballard; as well as many relatives and friends.

    Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Don & Meta Vought; brother, Jerry (Beverly) Vought; and sister-in-law, Annette Jacobson.

    Blessed be the memory of Ronald “RV” Vought.


  • Rev. Jerry Dale Crow

    Jerry Dale Crow was born on September 27, 1942, in Hawarden, Iowa to William Austin and Lillian Myrtle (Jeffers) Crow. He grew up in the Akron, Iowa was baptized at Wesley United Methodist Church in February of 1955 and confirmed in April of 1957. Jerry attended Akron Community Schools graduating in May of 1960.

    Jerry attended and graduated from South Dakota State University in July of 1966. During summers he worked for Woodbury County Department of Social Services, where he began his employment career as a social worker after graduation.

    He married Kathleen Commander in 1967 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa and this union blessed them with one daughter, Claire. This union was later dissolved.

    After a service of eight years with the Iowa Department of Social Services, Jerry attended Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in June of 1978.

    Jerry met Darlene Henselin of Caroline, WI, and they two were married at Augustana Lutheran Church in Chicago in September of 1975.

    Jerry was ordained into the Holy Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Lutheran Church of America on June 25, 1978, and served parishes at Albia and Ely, Iowa. Darlene and Jerry moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1983 to be closer to Darlene’s family. He then returned to social work in 1986 at Wood County Department of Social Services in Marshfield, WI. While employed there, Jerry completed a year of graduate work in social work and earned certification. While he was working there, Darlene passed away in 1994. Jerry retired from Wood County in December of 1997, when he returned to active ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, after moving to Rochester, MN. Jerry served Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff, MN until retiring in 2002. Jerry moved to Akron Iowa, where he ran a Bed and Breakfast Inn and served as interim pastor at Trinity in Akron, Hudson, South Dakota, and St. John, east of Akron. After moving to Sioux City in 2009, Jerry served as a supply priest at Calvary Episcopal Church. Jerry was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Windom.

    His hobbies included cooking, finishing, and refinishing furniture, and traveling. He enjoyed listening to music, attending concerts, and very much appreciated art. Jerry loved cats and enjoyed taking care of his cat, Max, who was real good company.

    Jerry is survived by his daughter, Claire (Mark) of Eagle River, Alaska; grandson, John; niece, Jean Fast; sisters-in-law, Deloris (Frank) Crow of Craig, Colorado, and Vonda (Jack) Crow of Arvada, Colorado and many nieces and nephews and their families.

    He is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, his mother, father, grandparents, and siblings; De Loris Meske, Willis, Frank, Betty Rzadecki, Jim, Jack, and Mert Marsh, and by her husband, Ron; by my brothers-in-law, Elmer Meske, Jack Foster and Ray Rzadecki, and by two nephews, Brad Crow and Jay Fosters; and by two nieces, Lynn Crow and Annette Marsh.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago or First Plymouth Presbyterian Church, where some family members are buried.

    Visitation will be on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Windom, MN.

    Memorial Eucharist will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Windom, MN, on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 10:30 am.

    The clergy will be Father John Robertson.

    Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mtn. Lake, Minnesota. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.


  • George Fetcho

     

    George Arthur Fetcho was born April 10, 1942 to Raymond and Evelyn (Pettis) Fetcho at home on the farm. George was raised on various farms in Jackson county. He attended school until the age of 14. In November 1960, George enlisted in the United States Army. He served as a communications operator. He served in various parts of Europe, until he was discharged in May of 1962. He reached the rank of PFC.

    On October 17, 1962 George was joined in marriage to Sandra Engler, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake, MN. This union was blessed with three children. Along with the girls, George and Sandy were foster parents to a variety of children in need, and honorary grandparents to many more children through the years.

    George made it his life’s mission to preach and share the gospel with anyone who would listen. He could be seen around town handing out gospel tracks, small bibles, or just randomly talking about Jesus. George used this gift to teach Sunday school, Bible study, and lead Bible study for inmates at the Cottonwood and Jackson county jails. He was also a member of the Gideon’s, and was their chaplain for a number of years.

    When George wasn’t talking about his love of God, he enjoyed other things. For a number of years, George ran his own business doing odd jobs, worked in construction, and shared his love of history working with the Cottonwood County Historical Society. He enjoyed classic cars, fishing, stained glass, woodworking, and spending time with his family.

    George was admitted to the Windom hospital on October 30. He died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of November 3rd at the Good Samaritan Society, in Windom.

    George is preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Evelyn, sister Norma Zea, sister-in-law Carol Fetcho, in-laws Jacob and Mildred Engler, brothers-in-law Darrell Zea, John Kemp, and Kerm Wenzel, niece Melissa Wenzel, and Michael, the son that they lost.

    George is survived by Sandy, his wife of 60 years, daughters Julie Fetcho, Debbie (Robert) Scott, and Joan (Allen) Evers; grandchildren Sharayah Evers, Ilia (Michael) Cobb, Nathan Evers, Katie Garza and Cody Hoffman; brother Raymond (Janice) Fetcho and cousin Elizabeth Stoffel; sister-in-law’s Gail Kemp and Judy Wenzel and brother-in-law Warren (Nancy) Engler. George also has multiple great grandchildren and honorary grandchildren and great children.

      


  • David W. Muller

     

    A Celebration of Life Service for David Muller, age 88, of Windom, will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 5th at the First Presbyterian Church in Windom, with Reverend Pamela Prouty officiating. Full military honors will be provided outside the church by the American Legion Post #206 of Windom. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Windom.

    A time of visitation and gathering will be held Friday, November 4th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom, with Masonic Rites at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue for one-hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of David may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

    David Wayne Muller was born on December 19, 1933, to the late Reuben and Amy (Erickson) Muller at their home in Dale Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. David attended Green Hill Country School, sometimes riding his pony to school and racing with the neighbor boy. He graduated from Windom High School with the Class of 1951.

    Dave farmed all his life, first with his dad and brothers, then with his sons. He enlisted in the United States Army in November 1953. He served two years, stationed at White Sands Proving Grounds Missile Range, Las Cruces, NM, then was transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve to complete his military obligation.

    On October 24, 1959, Dave was united in marriage to Beatrice “Beatty” Jean Johnson. They settled on the Muller Family Farm in Dale Township, where he was a steward of the land. The marriage was blessed with three sons, Tom, Tim, and Steve.

    Dave was a dedicated longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Windom and served as an elder, deacon, trustee and usher. He was also active in the American Legion Post #206 of Windom, Zuhrah Shrine, El Riad Shrine, and Prudence Lodge #97 of Windom. David served on the Board of Education of Windom School District # 177 from 1967 to 1974, during the time when the new middle high school was built.

    Dave enjoyed reading, gardening, taking care of his farm yard and lawn, traveling and golfing. He liked to do maintenance work in the church building and especially on the lawn. He was fond of pets, especially Goldie “the shop cat” and Fudgie, our “granddog”. He cherished the time spent with his family and granddaughters, as well as time together at their Fish Lake cabin.

    On Monday October 10th, Dave was having an eye exam in Sioux Falls. After finding complications during the eye exam, he was admitted to the Avera Health Hospital Emergency Room in Sioux Falls, where he passed away suddenly with Beatty at his side.

    Left to cherish Dave’s memory are his wife of 62 years, Beatrice “Beatty” Muller; two sons, Thomas (Colleen) Muller of Windom and Steven (Brenda) Muller of Windom; five granddaughters, Megan, Amanda (fiancé, Andy Pfeffer), Amy, Ashley, and Lindsay; sister-in-law, Delores Muller of Windom; brother-in-law, Lloyd (Colleen) Olson of Crystal, MN; as well as many relatives and friends.

    David was preceded in death by his parents, Rueben and Amy Muller; son, Timothy David Muller; three siblings, Marilyn Oberle, Warren and Richard Muller; and in-laws, Jack and Hazel Johnson.

    Memorials are preferred to the First Presbyterian Church of Windom, Windom Area Health Foundation, or a charity of choice.

      


  • Cheryl Brugman

     

    A Celebration of Life Service for Cheryl Brugman, age 69, of rural Jeffers, will be held on Friday, November 4th at 10:30 AM at the American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.

    Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 4:00-7:00 PM at the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Visitation will continue at the church in Windom on Friday for one-hour prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

    Cheryl Brugman passed away Saturday, October 22nd at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Cheryl may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

    Memorials are preferred by the family to the American Lutheran Church Christian Education program.

    Cheryl Ann (Segelstrom) Brugman was born on March 7, 1953, to Richard and JoAnne (Anderson) Segelstrom in Stillwater, Minnesota. She was baptized in May 1953 at Marine on St. Croix, MN and was confirmed in her faith in May 1968, in Stillwater. Cheryl grew up in the Stillwater area, attended Scandia/Forest Lake Elementary and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1971. She attended St. Cloud State College and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1975.

    On June 18, 1977, Cheryl was united in marriage to Donald Brugman at Trinity Lutheran church in Stillwater. The couple was blessed with two children, Nathan and Melissa. Cheryl was a farm wife and teacher. She worked at Sanborn Public Schools, Cyrus Schools, and Busy Bee Preschool in Windom for 25 years until she retired in May 2019.

    Cheryl was very active in the community and the American Lutheran Church. She was a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, Youth Leader, Handbell Choir member, Ladies Circle Group, and she served on various boards. Cheryl was a youth advocate, serving as a  4-H leader, Ladies extension group member and on an Early Childhood initiative team.

    Some of Cheryl’s favorite things included winter activities in her younger years, camping, fishing, reading, crafts, playing cards and board games, gardening, working with children, spending time with her family and attending her kids and grandkids activities.

    Cheryl passed away Saturday, October 22nd at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Cheryl is survived by her husband of 45 years, Don Brugman of Jeffers; two children, Nathan (fiancé Jessi Holcomb) Brugman of Jeffers, and Melissa (Justin) Dardis of Windom; three grandchildren, Hadley and Hudson Dardis, and Camille Brugman; siblings, Debra (Doug) Phelps of Champlin, MN, and Karen Hanan of Wagner, SD; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

    Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Joanne Segelstrom; and brother-in-law, Mike Hanan.

    Blessed be the memory of Cheryl Ann Brugman.

      


  • Douglas Fiedler

     

    Douglas John Fiedler was born on July 13, 1945, at home in rural Dundee, Minnesota in Nobles County to the late, John and Martha (Schmitz) Fiedler Jr. Doug grew up on the family farm with his brother, James and sister, Judy. He attended Fulda Public School and graduated in 1963.

    After high school, Doug enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve. He served on the USS Carpenter abroad and stationed in Hawaii. He was honorably discharged in October 1971. Doug also served in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in June 1977. Doug attended college at South Dakota State University (SDSU) and graduated in June 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in biological science.

    On August 28, 1971, Doug married Diane Salentiny, and they had two wonderful children, Amber “Amy”, and Wade. Doug continued his education at SDSU and earned a Master of Science degree in June 1979. He worked for various companies, mostly working with seed potatoes, doing research, lab work, and field trials in South Dakota and later in Idaho. In 1988, Doug and Diane moved back to Minnesota and in 1989, the marriage dissolved.

    In 1989, Doug was reunited with his childhood friend, Zona McIntire and they fell in love and were married on February 14, 1991. Doug gained three stepchildren, Gina, Danny, and Paula. Doug and Zona enjoyed 32 loving years together. After marriage, Doug was self-employed with a lawn care business. After selling the business, Doug and Zona moved to Nampa, Idaho, where he began working with companies doing research, lab studies, and field trials with seed potatoes. In 1999, Doug and Zona started their own seed potato greenhouse called, Pacific Northwest Enterprises. During this time, Doug also worked for the USDA in small grains, research, and lab testing. Doug and Zona sold their greenhouse in 2007 and Doug retired from the USDA in May 2009.

    After retirement, Doug and Zona moved back to Minnesota to be closer to family. Doug enjoyed hunting, fishing, and eating “the catch of the day”. He also loved music and a good glass of wine. He was a Master Gardener and superior outdoorsman, but most of all, Doug loved spending time with this family and friends.

    After a fierce battle with cancer, Doug passed away at his home on October 19, 2022, with family by his bedside, at the age of 77 years.

    Doug is survived by his loving wife, Zona Joy Fiedler of Windom; daughter, Amber “Amy” (Cory) Fiedler of Rochester, MN; son, Wade (Kristie) Fiedler of Hayfield, MN; stepdaughters, Gina Nelson of Windom and Paula (Russ) Kepler of Windom; 11 grandchildren, Joshua, Luke, Korban and Hunter Natzke, Kolton Fiedler, Danielle, Jennifer, Dustin and Justice Nelson, Lauren and Logan Kepler; four great-grandchildren, Jayden, Alex, Michael, and Silas; one sister, Judy (Lee) Thiesen of Windom; as well as many relatives and friends.

    Doug was preceded in death by his parents, John and Martha Fiedler; brother, James “Jim” Fiedler; sister-in-law, Pat Fiedler; stepson, Danny Grothe; and many cousins and friends.

    Blessed be the memory of Douglas Fiedler.

      


  • Truman Leon Larson

     

    A Celebration of Life Service for Truman Larson, age 82 of Blue Earth, formerly of rural Jackson, was held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 1st at Belmont Lutheran Church in rural Jackson, with Pastor Carl Bruihler officiating. Burial will be at West Belmont Cemetery in rural Jackson.

    Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 1st from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at Belmont Lutheran Church in rural Jackson.

    Truman Larson passed away Thursday, October 27th at United Hospital District in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

    Truman Leon Larson was born August 21, 1940, in Windom, MN, the son of Thore and Leona (Eliason)Larson. Truman was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Eielsen Synod. He attended country school Dist.#89 and graduated from Jackson High School in 1958. Truman served in the National Guard.

    Truman was a lifelong farmer, farming with his parents in rural Jackson, MN, and milked cows for over 40 years. He was a devoted son to his parents, taking care of them for the remainder of their lives. Truman was a faithful servant of God and was ordained as a Pastor in the 1980s. He served congregations in French Lake, MN as well as Goldfield, IA. Many were blessed by his singing through the years, and he taught himself to play organ.

    When Truman retired from farming, he moved to Blue Earth, MN, where he lived for the last 20 years of his life. He delivered newspapers for many years, using a 3-wheel bicycle. Truman treasured his Norwegian heritage and kept up many of the food traditions he had learned from his mother, including making his own lefse.

    Truman is survived by his brother, Leroy (Elaine) Larson, of Windom, MN; sisters: Carolyn Kain, of Minnesota Lake, MN; Ruth (Rae) Larson, of Rochester, MN; nieces and nephews: Marilyn (David) Kassube of Eagan, MN; Clifford Kain, of Savage, MN; Wesley (Amy) Kain, of Owatonna, MN; Michele Larson of Marshall, MN; Kenneth(Shelly)Kain, of Mapleton, MN; Christine (Wayne) Henderson, of Edgeley, ND; Gwen (Jay) Hall, of Jackson, MN; and many cousins, and devoted friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Thore and Leona Larson, and brother-in-law, Nylen Kain.

    “Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel”(2 Timothy 1:10) Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through his servant, Truman.