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Ralph J. Hanson


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

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 the Army May 31, 1991.

He served two tours in Vietnam and 17 years in Europe in many installations and units. He also served in five installations in the U.S. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal on June 28, 1967.

He married Gudrun M. Hannelore of Germany on November 12, 1987 in Petersburg, Va. After retiring from the Army they moved to & made their home in Petersburg, Va.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gudrun M.H. Hanson of Petersburg; son Thomas E. Hanson of Denmark; daughter Monica A. Hanson of Denmark; two grandchildren, Emma & Oliver Hanson of Denmark; three sisters Carolyn M. Weber of Byron, Minn.; Shirley A. Walderon of Knoxville, Iowa; Betty L. Snitker of Jamestown, N.D. and many nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph & Frances Hanson; sisters Phyllis, Donna (Hanson) Gerard and Lorraine; brothers Robert L. Hanson and infant brother; two nieces Cynthia (Linaman) Smith and Shelley R. Weber.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Petersburg, Va. with Pastor Paul Christian officiating. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. at a later date.

Arrangements were by the Petersburg Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory of Petersonburg.



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Scott Royce Hatfield

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

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
Posted in Preston Obituaries

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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Phyllis E. Utley

Wed, Jun 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Phyllis E. Utley, age 87, of Rochester, formerly of Preston, died Monday evening, June 16, 2014, at Madonna Towers of Rochester. Phyllis was born January 4, 1927, on the family farm in Carimona Township, Fillmore Co., Minnesota, the daughter of Elv ..... 
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Delores Anne (Barth) Joseph

Wed, Jun 11th, 2014
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Delores Joseph, 82, formerly of Preston, Minn., died January 21, 2014, at her home in Upland, Calif. Delores Anne Barth was born in Preston on July 14, 1931, to Reuben J. and Anastasia R. (Baures) Barth. Delores attended school in Preston, graduat ..... 
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Maxine Simonson

Thu, Jun 5th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Maxine Simonson of Preston, Minn., entered her eternal home on Tuesday afternoon, May 27, 2014. Lois Maxine Duxbury, born February 22, 1923, in Preston, was the oldest of four children born to Leigh and Mary (Scheevel) Duxbury. She was a 1941 gr ..... 
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Cloy D. Kneeskern

Wed, Jun 4th, 2014
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Cloy D. Kneeskern, 84, of Preston, Minn. died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. He leaves a wife, Laurice; children Gary of Preston; Sheri (Pat Dunnigan) of Bellingham, Wash.; Dave (Carol) of Greenfield, Iowa; Sandra (Mike) ..... 
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James F. Gartner

Thu, May 22nd, 2014
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James F. Gartner, 79, of Preston, Minn., died Friday, May 2, 2014 at his home. James Gartner was born on November 25, 1934 in Rochester, Minn., the son of Frank and Ella (Scanlon) Gartner. He graduated from Preston High School in 1953. On Februar ..... 
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