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Ruen - Howard James


Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
Posted in Obituaries

Howard James Ruen of Lanesboro, died Wednesday night, October 8th, at his daughter's home in Blackhammer Township, rural Spring Grove, where he had lived for the past two years.

Howard was born June 24, 1911, the son of John Rudolph and Marie Ruen of rural Decorah, IA. As a youth he fished and trapped with a grandfather, raised purebred Holsteins, planted an apple orchard and developed an ethic of hard work that he carried with him throughout his life. He also developed a strong sense of family, surrounded by a large number of uncles, aunts and cousins. This, too, he carried with him throughout his life.

As a young man, he moved to the Ostrander, MN area, bought a farm and met Lyla Olson. They married October 2, 1935, at Bloomfield Lutheran Church, rural Ostrander, creating a union that lasted more than 55 years till her death in 1990. They lived in the area for nearly 15 years, active in church and the community. In 1949, they moved with their then four children to rural Lanesboro where they had purchased a farm.

Howard's farming operation and his family, with the addition of two more children, flourished in the hills and valleys of rural Lanesboro. He was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and a member of the Farm Bureau. It was the church that drew Howard's off-farm devotion, attention and energy, serving on the Church Council and teaching his children the importance of living a life of faith.

From the time of his youth, he was intrigued by travel. He made many trips to New York from 1968 through 1998. He loved Broadway and meeting people. In 1977 he and Lyla made the first of several visits to Norway. They also traveled to Canada, Sweden and Denmark. His last trip to New York was in 1998 for the wedding of a granddaughter in Central Park, surrounded by family and friends.

Through his life, family was the centerpiece of his existence and where he was most blessed. At his death he was survived by five sons: John (Janis) of Anderson, Texas; Charles (Gloria), Donald (Mary), James (Wendy Wellnitz) all of Lanesboro, and the Rev. Edward (Katie) of Shorewood, Wisconsin; one daughter, Joy (Lowell) Moen of rural Spring Grove; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mildred Redmond of Mabel and Leona Carlson of Mankato and one sister-in-law Helen Olson, Ostrander. He was preceded in death by his wife Lyla.

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Roppe - L. Sydney

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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L. Sydney Roppe, 70, of Mabel, died suddenly October 9, 2003 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Born Jan 3, 1933, in Spring Grove to Owen S. and Selma I (Grindeland) Roppe. He graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1951 ..... 
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Pittelko - Eric Brian

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Eric Brian Pittelko, 44, of Ostrander, died October 10, 2003 in Cresco, Iowa.

He was born May 25, 1959 in Spring Valley to Julius Pittelko and Marion Frazer Pittelko and attended school in Spring Valley. He worked at many differ ..... 
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Olness - Orval R.

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Orval R. Olness, 80, of rural Chatfield, died October 8, 2003 at the Veteran's Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn.

He was born Aug. 12, 1923, in Chatfield. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific. He lived most of his life ..... 
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Johnson - Vicki Jean

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Vicki Jean Johnson, 42, of St. Paul, formerly of Spring Valley, died October 11, 2003 at her home of ovarian cancer.

Vicki Fetterly was born April 16, 1961, in Rochester and grew up in Spring Valley. She graduated from Spring Va ..... 
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Peterson - Gordon L.

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Gordon L. Peterson, 79, of Lanesboro, president of Peterson Motors Ford & Mercury in Lanesboro and Spring Valley, died October 8, 2003 in Spring Valley Care Center after a lengthy illness.

He was born Aug. 6, 1924, and attended ..... 
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Jameson - Norma Loretta

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Norma Loretta Jameson, 94, of Preble Township, rural Mabel, died October 14, 2003 at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.

Norma Loretta Wiste was born Sept. 17, 1909, in Adams and attended rural school at Storlie School in Sp ..... 
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Johnson - Robert Paul

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Robert Paul Johnson, 88 of Chico, Calif., a Preston native, died October 7, 2003 in a convalescent home in Chico.

He was born Sept. 17, 1915, in Preston, where he grew up. He graduated from West Point in 1941 and earned a law d ..... 
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Berg - Oscar C.

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Oscar C. Berg, 89, of Ostrander, formerly of Cresco, died October 9, 2003 at Ostrander Nursing Home.

He was born May 8, 1914, in rural Goodrich, Minn, the son of Ferdinand and Henrietta (Arness) Berg. On April 12, 1940, he marr ..... 
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