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Mildred “Millie” Lillian Corson


Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries



Mildred “Millie” Lillian Corson, age 91, of Preston, Minn., passed away on December 19, 2014, at the Grand Meadow Care Center.

Mildred was born August 18, 1923, to Adolph and Josie (Flattum) Davidson on a farm near Amherst, Fillmore Co. She attended grade school in Amherst and high school in Canton. After graduation, she went to work at Camp Hood, TX, where her future husband, Manford Gilmore Corson, was stationed with the U.S. Army. Before he went to war in North Africa, they were married on November 23, 1942, at a parsonage in Mabel. After Manford was wounded in Italy, he returned to the U.S., and they moved to Rochester for one year. They then moved to Dodge Center, where they operated a gas station, grocery store, and cabins. The family then moved to Harmony, where they operated a dance hall, bowling alley, and skating rink. In 1957, their bowling alley burned to the ground, so they moved to Preston, where they built the B&B Bowling Alley. They also bought 35 acres of land on the north side of Preston, where they lived and raised horses. They developed this land into the Corson Additions to the city of Preston.

Mildred had a number of businesses and was active in the Preston community. She raised and sold strawberries for many years from the strawberry patch they maintained near their home. She also operated several restaurants, raised and butchered meat chickens with the help of her children, and volunteered as an EMT for the Preston Ambulance Crew for over 21 years. She was also part of the Preston Flying Club, took flying lessons, and eventually obtained her pilot’s license. She was a member of the Preston Legion Auxiliary, Sons of Norway and Christ Lutheran Church. Mildred also owned and operated the LaHacienda Gift Store for many years, obtained her real estate license, and operated Root River Real Estate in Preston. Mildred enjoyed bowling, dancing, golfing, music, travel and cards. She had a zest for life.

Mildred and Manford had eight children: Jimmilee Miller of Dennison, Minn., Marcia Teel of Bloomington, Minn., Steven (Nancy) Corson of Preston, Stuart Corson of Preston, Kirk (Nan) Corson of Lino Lakes, Minn., Brett (Nancy) Corson of Wykoff, Minn., Carlisle (Traci) Corson of Preston, and infant son (deceased) Carleton Jay Corson. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joyce (Ellsford) Dahl of Waukesha, Wisc. S .....
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Delvin W. Bunke

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Delvin W. Bunke, 85, of Preston, Minn. died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Mayo Clinic - St. Mary’s Campus Delvin was a tolerant man of perseverance born a month before the great depression. He asked little of the world. He was a man of few w ..... 
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Virginia F. Milton

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Virginia F. Milton, 86 of Austin, Minn., died at her home on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Virginia was born January 21, 1928 to Virgil and Jeanette (Maxson) Dotzenrod in Preston, Minn. She graduated from Austin High School and from the Austin Juni ..... 
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Richard Wildgrube

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Richard “Dick” Wildgrube, age 82, of Preston, Minn., died Wednesday morning, November 19, 2014, at the St. Mary’s Hospital ER. Dick was born March 10, 1932, in Winona, Minn., the son of Roy and Marie (Troppman) Wildgrube. He was a graduat ..... 
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Mark Dean Kneeskern

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
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Mark Dean Kneeskern was born July 10, 1972, in Audubon, Iowa, to Laurice (Peterson) Kneeskern and Cloy Kneeskern. He attended grade school and high school in Audubon, and attended Iowa State University in Ames, where he graduated with a Bachelor of ..... 
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Ralph J. Hanson

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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Retired Sgt. Major Ralph Jesse Hanson was born in Preston, Minn. on September 5, 1942 to the late Ralph H. & Francis J. (Shaw) Hanson. He graduated from Preston High School in June 1961 and enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 12, 1961. He retired from ..... 
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Scott Royce Hatfield

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
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Scott Royce Hatfield was born on February 23, 1943 in Austin, MN. He was the son of Leona (Scott) and Royce Hatfield. He grew up on a farm in Florenceville, IA and attended Cresco High School. He served in the US Navy for seven years as a Cryptolo ..... 
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Virgil J. Rindels

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
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Virgil J. Rindels, 96, of Greenleafton, Minn., died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Virgil was born on January 26, 1918 in Castlewood, S.D., the son of John and Jennie (Bleeker) Rindels. He attended school in Castlewood. I ..... 
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Ruth E. VandeWeerd

Wed, Jun 18th, 2014
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Ruth E. ‘Ruthie’ VandeWeerd, 80, of Preston, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with Rev. Dave Jo ..... 
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