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Willis “Willie” J. Cambern


Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Willis “Willie” J. Cambern, 73, of Fountain, Minn. died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Willie was born June 28, 1940 in Preston to Daniel & Evelyn (Smith) Cambern. He attended school in Preston, where he graduated from Preston High School in 1958. He served in the United States Army from 1963-1965 as a cook & baker. During Army service he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska when the 1964 earthquake took place. On October 23, 1965 he married Leona M. “Beezie” Jech at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Willie & Beezie owned and operated Willie’s Grocery & Locker in Fountain since 1972. Willies warm and inviting smile, gift of gab, and genuine love and interest in his customers made him a community icon. Whether you came for a ring of Bologna, or a conversation full of baloney, chances are you left with a smile on your face after spending time with Willie.

While he was very proud of his store, Willie’s greatest Joy came from time spent with his family. His grandchildren were the light of his life. His is survived by his wife of 48 years, Leona of Fountain; daughter Kimberly (Ken) Anderson of Crosslake, MN and son Darrin (Sarah) Cambern of Fountain. Grandchildren: Alyse, Riley, and Ella, Also surviving are brothers Daniel (Marjorie) of Fountain) and Ernest of Preston and many loving nieces and nephews.

Willie enjoyed polka music, whistling, and helping others. He loved the community of Fountain. He served as the Fountain Fire Chief from 1965-1975. He often connected with children that came into the store, referring to them as future customers.

Willie is preceded in death by his parents, and infant sister.

A Funeral Service celebrating the life of Willie will be held 1:00 PM Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 at the Fountain United Methodist Church with Rev. Deanna Woodward officiating. Willie was a active member the church for many years. Do to limited space at church, an overflow area will be available for friends to gather during the service at the Fountain Community Center. Burial with military honors will be accorded by Fountain American Legion Post 492 at the Fountain Lutheran Cemetery. Following the service a luncheon will be served at the Community Center.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield. Visitation will continue one hour prior to s .....
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R.E. “Gene” Richardson

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

R.E. “Gene” Richardson, age 89, of Harmony, Minn. died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his home in Harmony. Gene was born October 3, 1924 in Harmony Township of Fillmore County to Carl and Hazel (Turnmire) Richardson. He graduated from Canton Hig ..... 
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Janice E. (Simonson) Winch

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Janice E. (Simonson) Winch of Rockford, Ill., passed away from a sudden illness on March 8, 2014. Janice was born on March 2, 1931, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of J. A. and Lucille (Nelson) Simonson and was a 1949 graduate of Preston High Sch ..... 
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Lucas John Westby

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Lucas John Westby, age 29, of Minneapolis, Minn., formerly of Mabel, Minn., died March 10, 2014 at the Hennepin County Medical Hospital. Lucas was born August 2, 1984 in Decorah, Iowa to John and Diane (Tollefson) Westby. He grew up in Mabel, was ..... 
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Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”, 67, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, of natural causes. He was born July 10, 1946, in Winona, Minn., to Walter and Ida (Gillingham) Grutzmacher of Lewiston, Minn. Chris gra ..... 
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Eldor Rahn

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Eldor Rahn, 92, died at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, after a long rewarding life. Born March 15, 1921, in rural Hazen, Mercer County, N.D., to Wilhelm and Jacobina Rahn. He had seven siblings. He att ..... 
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Newell Delbert Holt

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Newell Delbert Holt, 84 of Chatfield, Minn., died Tuesday March 4, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital –Saint Marys. Newell was born January 15, 1930 to the late Stanley and Velora Holt. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean war. P ..... 
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Verna Lorine Berge

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Verna Lorine Berge, 90, of Stewartville, Minn. (formerly of Lanesboro, Minn.) died Monday, March 3rd at her residence. Verna was born January 19, 1924 to Carl and Amelia (Christenson) Hildestad. She married Harvey Berge of Lanesboro on June 27, 19 ..... 
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Betty Timm

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Betty Timm, 90, of Wykoff, Minn., passed away peacefully Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Spring Valley Senior Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1923, in Forestville, Minn., to Lulu (Jeffers) and Charles Schwartz. She lived most of her life in the rural W ..... 
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