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John Donald (Don) Judd


Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

John Donald (Don) Judd, 85, of Rochester died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus of heart failure.

Don was born March 15, 1928 to John and Genevieve (Connelly) Judd. Don graduated from Chatfield High School in 1946. He enjoyed athletics and played football on the great 1945 Chatfield team which ended the year with a perfect record of being unbeaten, untied, and unscored upon. This was the first time such a record had been established. He earned All-Conference in football and basketball, and also played on the All-Conference baseball team.

Don attended Winona State College to earn his teaching degree in History. He graduated in 1950. He then served in the Korean War from 1950-1952 with an honorable discharge. On September 20, 1951 he married the love of his life , Arlene Jacobson, in the chapel at Fort Riley, Kansas. They have been married for 62 years. He began teaching in Minneota, Minnesota in 1953 and was a successful football coach, winning seven conference championships. During this time he also had an article published in the prestigious Athletic Journal, a national coaching magazine. In 1962 he and his family moved to Farmington, Minn., where he taught, coached, and was Athletic Director for 4 years. In 1966 he began work in the Human Resources field. He worked at Frederick Willys Company in Farmington and later for Merrillat Company in Lakeville. He retired in 1993.

During his 47 years in Farmington, he served on the Empire Township planning commission, helped to organize the Youth Center, and was president the first year. He volunteered at St. Michael’s Church and Dakota City, a historic village of the early 1900’s. His favorite guests were always the young kids that visited as he never knew what questions they would have.

He enjoyed sports, golfing, being with his children, their spouses, and his two very special grandsons. He was an avid bridge player and enjoyed socializing with his friends. He also got great pleasure out of socializing with his Thursday morning coffee group. Don and Arlene spent a few winters in Yuma, Arizona. We will miss his great stories, questionable sense of humor, and his smile more than anything.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years,Arlene; one son, Charles Judd of Edina; daughters Julie (Guy) Jackson, of Winona and Kathy (Pat) Berry of Anchorage, Alaska; two grandsons, Joshua Berry of Oslo, Norway and .....
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Edward James Hoffland

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Edward James Hoffland, 90, passed away on January 15, 2014 at his home in Cresco, Iowa. Edward was born on March 26, 1923 in rural Howard County near Saude, Iowa. He was the son of Martin and Lea (Basteson) Hoffland. He was baptized at the Saude ..... 
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Karen Ann (Bowers) Luoma

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
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Karen Ann (Bowers) Luoma, age 72, of Backus, Minn., passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd, Minnesota, surrounded by her husband and three children. Karen was born to Alice and Archie Bowers on Janua ..... 
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Matthew Patrick Erickson

Thu, Jan 9th, 2014
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Matthew Patrick Erickson, 29, of Chatfield, Minn., died Sunday, January 5, 2014 in an automobile accident near Winona. Matthew was born September 17, 1984 to Steven and Deborah (Henry) Erickson in Rochester, Minn. He attended school in Lanesbo ..... 
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Loren “Tom” Thomas Jeche

Tue, Dec 31st, 2013
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Loren “Tom” Thomas Jeche, 69, of Chatfield, Minn., died Friday December 27, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Tom was born February 21, 1944 in Spring Valley, Minn. to Loren and Laura (Bagan) Jeche. He attended schools in Wyko ..... 
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Richard Holets, Jr.

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
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Richard Holets, Jr., 93 of Chatfield, Minn., died Friday, December 20, 2013, at his home in Chatfield. Richard was born April 14, 1920, just south of Chatfield to Richard and Mildred (Oviatt) Holets. He attended country school District 83, and gra ..... 
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Dora Kammer

Wed, Dec 18th, 2013
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Dora Kammer, 87, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Dora was born May 13, 1926 in rural Fountain, Minn. to Baldwin and Effa (Strom) Skrukrud. She attend schools in Chatfield and gr ..... 
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Wesley Dean Idso

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
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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 ..... 
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Helen J. Burk

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
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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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