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Christensen - Gene W.


Thu, Dec 23rd, 2004
Posted in Obituaries

Gene W. Christensen, 75, of Preston, died Dec. 17, 2004 at Preston Good Samaritan Center following a lengthy illness with cancer.

Born Dec. 24, 1928, in Hendricks, Minn., to Merton and Lillie (Jensen) Christensen, grew up in that area and graduated from Hendricks High School in 1946. From August 1946 to 1948, he served in the Army with duty with the 25th Infantry division in Osaka, Japan. After his discharge he majored in music at Mankato State Teachers College. On June 11, 1951, he married Barbara Husby in Canton. They lived in Canton and owned and operated a restaurant and grocery store. In 1963, he began working for Root River Insurance Agency in Preston and moved to Preston in 1966. He later was a field supervisor and loan officer for F & M Community Bank, and after retiring in 1990 he continued to work part time at the bank until recently. Mr. Christensen was a bailiff for Fillmore District Court from 1991 until the time of his death. His first wife died March 29, 1983. On Aug. 4, 1984, he married Valerie Myhre. During college, he played trombone with a number of dance bands, and for many years played trombone with Lee Hall Orchestra in southeastern Minnesota and with a number of big bands throughout the Midwest. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Preston and the Preston VFW. He served on Crown Hill Cemetery Board for many years and was a former member of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department, Preston Lions Club and Booster Club.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Blake (Jill) of Kasson; a daughter, Cherie (Doug) Flaby of Lanesboro; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Allen (Holly) Peirce of Bocker, Minn., and Randy Peirce of Boise, Idaho; a stepdaughter, Lori (Ken) McCabe of Chatfield; 10 stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Calvin G. (Audrey) of Canby, Minn.; and a sister, Ramona Bailey of Austin. A stepson and a sister preceded him in death.

The funeral for Gene W. Christensen was Dec. 22 at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, with the Revs. James Rushton and Jennifer Fite co-officiating. The body will be donated to Mayo Foundation following the service. Interment with military rites will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston at a later date. Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.

Doering - Larry Daniel

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2004
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Larry Daniel Doering, 50, of Spring Grove, died Dec. 20, 2004.

Born Dec. 30, 1953, in La Crosse, Wis., he graduated from La Crescent High School in 1971 and lived in Houston County all his life. On April 1, 1978, he married Maur ..... 
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Gudmundson - Audrey C.

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2004
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Audrey C. Gudmundson, 82, of Whalan, died Dec. 17, 2004 at her home.

Audrey Berge was born Oct. 5, 1922, in La Crosse, Wis. She attended Gribin Country School and graduated in 1940 from Lanesboro High School. She married Miner A ..... 
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Groby - Evelyn M.

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2004
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Evelyn M. Groby, 77, of rural Fountain, died Dec. 18, 2004 at Preston Good Samaritan Center, where she had lived since August.

Evelyn M. Smallbrouck was born May 6,1927, in Etna, Fillmore County to John and Grace (Ziebaugh) Smal ..... 
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Rustad - Donna May

Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
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Donna May Rustad, 79, of Chatfield, formerly of Fountain, died Dec. 13, 2004 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester following a short illness.

Donna May Graskamp was born Nov. 24, 1925, in Fountain, graduated from Preston High Sch ..... 
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Boelter - Lowell ‘Pete’

Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
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Lowell ‘Pete’ Boelter, 78, of Wykoff, died Dec. 7, 2004 at his home.

He was born July 21, 1926, in Carrington, N.D., later moved with his family to Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School in 1944. He served in the Navy from 1 ..... 
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Jorgenson - Audrey Jean

Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
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Audrey Jean Jorgenson, 81, of Boise, Idaho, formerly of Spring Valley, died Nov. 23, 2004, in Boise.

Audrey Jean Denison was born Feb. 10, 1923. On Sept. 16, 1944, she married Thorman D. “Thor” Jorgenson. She lived in Spring Val ..... 
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Merkel - Georgie M.

Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
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Georgie M. Merkel, 80, of Spring Valley, died Dec. 8, 2004 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Georgie Marie Bly was born June 9, 1924, in Spring Valley In 1945 she married Clifford Merkel in Spring Valley and they operated a ..... 
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Welscher - Eileen Catherine

Fri, Dec 17th, 2004
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Eileen Catherine Welscher, 85, of Caledonia, died Dec. 7, 2004 at her daughter’s home in Rochester.

Eileen Catherine Privet was born Sept. 20, 1919, in Caledonia. On May 7, 1947, she married Luman W. Welscher at St. Peter’s Cath ..... 
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