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Richard Lee Stensgard


Tue, Feb 2nd, 2016
Posted in Fountain Obituaries



Richard Lee Stensgard, 88, of Fountain passed away peacefully on Monday, February 1, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus.

Richard was born August 27, 1927 in Preston, Minnesota to Olander and Irene Lucille (Ibach) Stensgard. He attended schools in Preston and Lanesboro, graduating from Lanesboro High School in 1947. He was a stand out athlete in high school, selected unanimously as an all district football player. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1948. He was honorably discharged in on August 11, 1952 at the rank of staff sergeant.

On February 7, 1953 he married Joan Marie Olson in Lanesboro. The couple made their home in Lanesboro until moving to Preston in 1993 and Fountain in 2003. Richard and Joan were members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Richard worked several different jobs in Lanesboro and Preston before being hired as a Fillmore County Deputy Auditor. Richard eventually served as the Fillmore County Auditor for 16 years, before retiring. In 1989 Richard also served as the president of the Minnesota Association of County Auditors.

Richard enjoyed bowling, watching the Minnesota Twins, and Vikings. He was a proud member of the Lanesboro American Legion Post # 40 for over 50 years and was a multiple Friday night meat raffle winner. He loved his family very much.

Richard is lovingly remembered by his children: Loren (Bridget) of Elgin, Samuel (Susan) of Rushford, & Lisa (Mike) Wilhelm of Rochester. Eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren also survive. One additional great-grandchild will be arriving soon.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife Joan, and parents.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 6th,2016 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro with Pastor Kerry Eversole officiating. Visitation will take place from 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. prior to the service on Saturday.

A committal service with military honors accorded by the Lanesboro American Legion Post 40 will take place at the Lanesboro Cemetery following the funeral service

Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro is assisting the family with arrangements, 507-867-4310. rileyfuneralhomes.com.

Ardelina R. Ericson

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Ardelina R. Ericson, 91 of Fountain passed away at the Stewartville Care Center on Tuesday, December 30, 2015. Ardelina was born March 21, 1924 to Ludwig and Ruth Mlenar in Fillmore, Minnesota. She graduated from Wykoff High School in 1942. ..... 
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Francis W. Klomps

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

The funeral for Francis W. Klomps age 83, of rural Fountain, Minn., was held 1 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2015, at the Preston United Methodist Church, with Rev. Amanda Larsen officiating. Burial took place in the Cherry Grove Cemetery. Friends ca ..... 
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Walter A. Mulhern

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Walter A. Mulhern, 91, of rural Fountain, died Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2015 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Fr ..... 
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Karen Berg

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Memorial services for Karen Berg, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Audree Catalano officiating. Burial took place at the Fountain Luther ..... 
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J. Eric Ostrom

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

J. Eric Ostrom, 46, of Fountain, Minn. died Sunday, July 5 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Eric was born, September 22, 1968 in Thunder Bay, Canada. He moved to the U.S. when he was four years old. He graduated from Preston-Fountain H ..... 
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Alton Thomas Asleson

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Alton Thomas Asleson, 68, of Fountain, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Clara House in Harmony, Minn. Alton was born August 20, 1946, the son of Victor & Marian Asleson of rural Fountain. He graduated from Chatfield High School. On July 1, 1 ..... 
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Loren Lee Graskamp

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Loren Lee Graskamp, of Fountain, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Loren was born May 27, 1923, in Fountain Township, to Edward and Ethel Graskamp. In 1948, Loren married the love of his life, Dorothy Henke. During the ..... 
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Raymond Schmidt

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Obituaries

Raymond William Schmidt, age 87, of rural Fountain, Minn., died Monday morning, March 2, 2015, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Ray was born May 31, 1927, on the family farm in rural Fountain the son of William and Lottie (Raabe) Schmidt. He ..... 
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