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Claire Churchill


Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries



April 10, 2015:  Another soldier died today. He was Claire George Churchill, much admired son and brother, loyal husband, devoted father, good friend, and faithful servant.  At age 95, he passed away two weeks shy of his 96th birthday.  He belongs to history as one of the hero generation - a generation that offered tacit resolve in defense of liberty, freedom throughout the world, and opposition to oppression.

He is survived by his sister, Glenice (Fred) Schmidt; his children, Keith (Kathy) of Rochester, Minn., Constance of Minneapolis, Minn., Joe (Barb) of Minnetonka, Minn., Jack (Lori) of Plymouth, Minn., Jeff (Sue) of Spooner, Wisc., Hjordi of Owatonna, Minn.; fourteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Eileen (Robert) Churchill; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Glenn and Myrtle; wife Beverly; brothers Kenneth, Robert, and Carol; and all the courageous men and women who served so gallantly in our nation’s defense. 

Claire was born April 23, 1919 in Spring Valley, Minn. to Glenn and Myrtle (Lyman) Churchill. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1938 where he met Beverly Niemeyer. They married on September 8, 1940 in Northwood, Iowa. Claire was drafted into the U.S. Army in early 1943. After completing Officers Candidate School as a 2nd Lieutenant, he departed for the Pacific Theatre in early August of 1945 and took part in the military occupation of Japan until his honorable discharge as a 1st Lieutenant in mid-1946. Upon his return from Japan, Claire was employed by the Spring Valley Public Utility. In 1952 he began working for the United States Postal Service as a rural letter carrier and retired, after nearly 30 years of service, to his fortyacre hobby farm. He was a longtime member of Faith United Methodist Church of Spring Valley, Minn. and the American Legion.  

Claire joined the Rochester Male Chorus in 1962 with whom he enjoyed many hours of song and camaraderie. A member of the Chorus for 47 years, his rendition of the spiritual “Ride the Chariot” was a crowd pleaser. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, family reunions, and tinkering with anything mechanical. He aggressively browsed auction sales (people would say if Claire doesn’t have it, they don’t make it). He was, as many have often stated, “the most charming man you would ever want to meet.”

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David Leo Zimmer

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

David Leo Zimmer was born July 6, 1940, in Spring Valley, Minn., to Raymond and Gladys (Schmidt) Zimmer. He grew up on the Zimmer family farm outside Wykoff, Minn., one of six generations of Zimmers to grow up there. On May 3, 1963, Dave married Ge ..... 
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Todd Copeman

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Visitation for Todd Copeman was held 3-6 p.m. Sunday April 12, 2015 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley. The visitation continued at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley at 12:30 p.m., with a short servi ..... 
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Arthur Jordahl

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Arthur (Bud) Jordahl, Jr. will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn. with Pastor Vern Christopherson officiating. Burial will take place in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in ..... 
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Philip Snyder

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Philip W. Snyder were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 9 at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley, Minn., located one-half mile west of Kwik Trip, with the pastors Joe Haynes and Ben Snyder officiating. Visitation was he ..... 
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Loretta Staples

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Loretta Staples was held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, Minn., with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in ..... 
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Elsa Biel Wilkie

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Elsa Wilkie were held 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minn., with Pastor Jim Scaife officiating. Burial took place in the church cemetery. Visitation was held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Ma ..... 
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Lenora Hintze

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Lenora Hintze peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Spring Valley Care Center in Spring Valley, Minn., 10 days short of celebrating her 101st birthday. Lenora Hilda (Grabau) Hintze was born March 24, 1914, to Albert and Bertha ..... 
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Erwin D. Tart

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral Mass for Erwin D. Tart was held 10:30 Wednesday March 11, 2015 at St Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, with Father Marreddy Pothiredy officiating. Visitation was held at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley from 5-7 p.m. Tues ..... 
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