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Ivan C. “Ike” Vande Weerd


Tue, Aug 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Ivan C. “Ike” Vande Weerd, age 81, of Preston, Minn., died suddenly Friday morning, August 2, 2013, in Chatfield following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ike was born November 26, 1931, on the family farm in York Township, Fillmore Co., Minn., the son of Evert and Bertha (Hebrink) VandeWeerd. He attended country schools. He worked construction until serving with the US Navy from January 4, 1951, until November 16, 1954, during the Korean War on the USS Rowan DD 782 as a seaman. He married Ruth Elaine Schwartz September 30, 1956, in Preston where the couple made their home. He worked in construction following his marriage, drove school bus for 33 years starting in September 1961 and retiring in 1994 then substitute drove for a number of years and was also a longtime custodian at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. He also worked for Thauwald Funeral Home for many years.

Ike was a 50 year plus and Life Member of the Preston VFW and had served as commander in 1975. He was also a member of the “round table” at the Preston Serviceman’s Club for many years and placed the wreath in the Root River during Memorial Day festivities. He also was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed coin collecting, hunting, fishing, card playing, traveling and spending time with his family.

Ike is survived by his wife, Ruthie; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deb and Kim Brastrom of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Denise and Ron Vierling of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; one granddaughter, Lindy Brastrom; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by twin infant daughters, Dawn and Darcy; and two brothers, Eugene and Gordon VandeWeerd.

The funeral was on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Christ Lutheran Church with Rev. Dave Jore officiating.



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Richard “Dick” Watson

Tue, Aug 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Richard Watson, age 85, of Preston, Minn. died Thursday August 1, 2013 at his home. Dick was born April 26, 1928 in Rochester, Minn. to George Watson and Stella (Holt) Watson. He attended school through the 8th grade and was united in marriage to ..... 
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Elmore “Moose” Neill Winslow

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
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Elmore “Moose” Neill Winslow, 86, of Preston, Minn. died Monday morning, June 10, 2013 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 15, at Preston Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Smith officia ..... 
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Linda M. Wead

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
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Linda M. Wead, age 64, longtime Preston, Minn. resident died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. after a lengthy illness. Linda was born September 5, 1948, in Preston to Edwin and Evelyn (Weigand) Hovelson. She ..... 
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Robert “Bob” Lee Hanson

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
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Robert “Bob” Lee Hanson, 69, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Preston, Minn. died Friday, June 7, 2013, at the Veterans Hospital in Tucson of emphysema. Bob was born in Preston to Ralph and Frances (Shaw) Hanson on Oct. 18, 1943. He attended sc ..... 
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Chester “Chet” Rindels

Fri, May 24th, 2013
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Chester “Chet” Rindels, 91, of Preston, Minn. died, Thursday, May 16, 2013 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Chet was born on September 26, 1921 in Castlewood, South Dakota, the son of Samuel and Annie (Ruesink) Rindels. Chet atten ..... 
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Geneva E. Girardin

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
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Geneva E. Girardin Geneva E. Girardin, age 94, of Preston, Minn., died Monday evening, April 8, 2013, at Harmony Community Healthcare, Harmony, Minn. Geneva was born December 8, 1918, in Albert City, Iowa, to Erik and Nellie (Dahlstrom) Anderson. ..... 
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Lewis “Louie” Joseph Roessler

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
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Lewis “Louie” Joseph Roessler Lewis (Louie) Joseph Roessler, 94, of Rochester, Minn. died Saturday, March 30th at Golden Living Center East in Rochester, where he had resided for the past month. He was born March 12, 1919, in Rochester, son o ..... 
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Philip J. Lehn

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
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Philip J. Lehn, former Preston, MN resident, died suddenly at his home on March 4, 2013. Philip Jerome Lehn was born November 25, 1946, in Fergus Falls, MN. He graduated from high school in Fergus Falls in 1964. Phil received his degree in auto me ..... 
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