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Wesley Dean Idso


Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Wesley Dean Idso, 83, of Chatfield, Minn., died on Saturday December 14, 2013 from complications of Alzheimers Disease at Chatfield Care and Rehabilitation Center, where he had been a resident since April of 2012.

Wesley was born on June 13, 1931 in Alden, Iowa., the second son born to Torval and Minnie (Lehmeier) Idso. When Wes was just a toddler, Torval packed the family into a small car, in the middle of winter, and made the move to the Pleasant Grove area, where Wes would spend the rest of his life. He attended rural schools and graduated from Stewartville H.S. in 1949. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1951, serving most of his duty as a radioman aboard the USS Cassien Young in the Mediterranean. Following his discharge in 1953 he returned to Pleasant Grove to farm. Wesley married Joan Ready on December 16, 1956 at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and thus began a partnership that spanned the next 57 years. They farmed for a number of years, before moving to Rochester and after a time living there, moved to rural Chatfield, Minn. where they built a house and have continued to make their home. Wes was employed at Mayo Clinic’s Institute Hills and at Marigold Dairy, both in Rochester. Joan was employed for 9 years at Donaldson’s Department Store in Rochester and was a 27 year employee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Following his retirement, Wes was free to pursue his hobby of collecting toys and building scale replica steam tractors and threshing machines. His tinkering was raised to an art form and some of his replicas and dioramas were featured in national magazine articles and newspapers and included in local history museums. His collection knew no bounds and eventually took up a good portion of the basement. His dream to open a museum for his collection came to fruition in 1989 in Harmony, MN where he and Joan owned and operated the Harmony Toy Museum until Wes’s health made him retire for good. He enjoyed family vacations to historical sites, reading, going to coffee, visiting and time spent with family during the holidays and get-togethers.

Wesley is survived by his wife – Joan and was the proud father of 6 children – Greg (DelMarie) of Kasson, Minn.; Jeff (Sarah) of Rochester, Minn.; Doug of Rochester; Julie (Lon) Golberg of Rochester; Jennifer (Tony) Christanson of Goodhue, Minn.; Steve (DaNett) of Rochester; and proud grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his pa .....
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Helen J. Burk

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Helen J. Burk, 85, of Chatfield, Minn. died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Helen Josephine Lynch Burk was born November 29, 1928, in Elmira Twp, Chatfield to Daniel E. and Claire H. (Manahan) Lynch. She gr ..... 
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Barbara Jean Schultz

Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Barbara Jean Schultz, 72, of Chatfield, Minn., died November 26, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Barbara was born on July 12, 1941 at her family home near Orion Township in Olmsted County to Carol and Emily (Groen) Schrader. Bar ..... 
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Charles “Charlie” Clark

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Charles “Charlie” Clark, 88, of Rochester, Minn., died Tuesday, November 12, 2013, surrounded by his family at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Charles William Clark was born February 20, 1925, in Leyden, North Dakota to Thomas and Gertrude (Eato ..... 
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James Joseph Gordon

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

James Joseph Gordon, 92, of Brainerd, Minn., died Friday, November 8, 2013, at his home. James was born September 2, 1921, in Sleepy Eye, Minn. to Harry and Edith (Schloegl) Gordon. He graduated from Chatfield High School. James joined the U.S. Nav ..... 
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Charles “Charlie” Clark

Thu, Nov 14th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Charles “Charlie” Clark, 88, of Rochester, died Tuesday, November 12, 2013, surrounded by his family at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Charles William Clark was born February 20, 1925, in Leyden, North Dakota to Thomas and Gertrude (Eaton) Clar ..... 
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James Joseph Gordon

Wed, Nov 13th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

James Joseph Gordon, 92, of Brainerd, died Friday, November 8, 2013, at his home. James was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Sleepy Eye, to Harry and Edith (Schloegl) Gordon. He graduated from Chatfield High School. James joined the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 19 ..... 
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Neil Louis Snider

Wed, Oct 9th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Neil Louis Snider, 87, of Chatfield, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Neil was born Aug. 9, 1926, in Clayton, Wis., to Henry and Lydia (Meyer) Snider. He attended school in Clayton. He was drafted into the ..... 
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Doretta M. Shorter

Wed, Oct 2nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Doretta M. Shorter, 76, of the Dover area, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Golden Living Center East in Rochester. Doretta was born Oct. 15, 1936, in Chatfield, to William and Emma (Oldenburg) McBride. She attended school in Chatfield and graduate ..... 
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