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Ruby Simonson, age 84, of Benson

Ruby Simonson, age 84, of Benson, passed away February 6, 2014.  She was born on June 18, 1929 in Barsness Township, Pope County, MN, the daughter of Henry and Clara (Halvorson) Hagen.  Ruby was baptized at Barsness Lutheran Church and confirmed at Big Bend Lutheran Church.  She graduated from Benson High School in 1947.  On October 24th, 1947 Ruby was united in marriage to Reuben Simonson at Big Bend Lutheran Church.  Together they were able to share in sixty-six years of marriage and were blessed with four children.  Ruby’s faith and church were very important to her.  She enjoyed bible study, sewing, raising her family and helping others.  Ruby is survived by her loving husband, Reuben; children, Rebecca (Bob) Winge of West Fargo, ND, Renae (Kenny) Jacobson of Hopkins, Bob of Benson, Mona (Jon) Hilleren of Willmar; grandchildren, Sarah, Leah, Nathan, Michael, Ben, Amanda (Shawn), Joe and Greg; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Clara and Liam; and other family and friends. 

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Daniel Paul Knutson, 53, Benson

Daniel Paul Knutson was born in Benson, MN, on November 15, 1960, the son of Gerald W. and Gloria H. (Nelson) Knutson.  He was baptized and confirmed at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls.  Dan was raised in the Benson area and graduated from Benson High School in 1979.  After high school he attended Hennepin Technical College.  He worked as a welder for many years and thoroughly enjoyed his vocation.  
        
He was united in marriage to Helen “Sissy” Lageson on May 19, 1984 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson.  This union was blessed with two children: Samuel and Desiree.  Dan enjoyed NASCAR, football, hunting, fishing, music, welding, woodworking, and playing with his dog, Kojack.  He loved to spend time with family, especially his kids, Sam and Des.

Dan died at his residence on Thursday, January 30, 2014.  He had attained 53 years, 2 months, and 15 days of age.

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27
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George W. Claussen, age 95, of Benson

George W. Claussen, age 95, of Benson, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Golden Living Center, Meadow Lane Nursing Home in Benson, Minnesota.
 
Services are at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, with Rev. Gary Brandenburg officiating.
 
Visitation is at 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service.
 
Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson, MN.

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Ethel N. Krupke, 92, Benson

Ethel N. Krupke, 92, died Saturday January 25, 2014 at Bethesda Nursing Home in Willmar.
Services are at 11:00 A.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 27, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Benson.  Visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the Church on Tuesday.

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22
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Justin A. Jeffery, 77, of Benson

Justin A. Jeffery, 77, of Benson, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 at a family member’s home in Wisconsin. “Just Jeff” as he was known, was born August 3, 1936, the son of Lena and Paul Jeffery of rural Benson.
A Celebration of Life with family and friends will be held at a later date.

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22
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Robert A. Thompson, 72, of Milan

Robert A. Thompson, 72, of Milan, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital.  
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m.  Saturday, January 18  at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan.  A Celebration of Bob’s life and visitation with his family was held at the church from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Friday with a prayer service at 7:00 and also one hour prior to services  Saturday.  Interment was with Military Honors at Kviteseid Lutheran Cemetery.
Robert Allen Thompson was born July 23, 1941, in Milan, Minnesota, the son of Alfred and Inez (Lovehaug) Thompson.  He was baptized and confirmed in Kviteseid Lutheran Church and graduated from Milan High School in 1959.  

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David Joseph Griffin, 67, Cold Spring

David Joseph Griffin, 67, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep Saturday, January 4, 2014 at his home in Cold Spring, Minnesota.  
David was born to Richard and Florence Griffin at San Diego Naval Hospital  Valentine’s Day 1946. He was the eldest of 11 children.
Dave graduated from Benson High School. He studied biology at St. John’s University where he was an All-American football player, having played on the 1965 national championship team. From 1970 to 1976, he worked at the St. Cloud Children’s Home as a counselor, after which he became a self-taught cabinetmaker, gardener, winemaker, and fruit tree farmer.  With endless curiosity, he explored the world of Minnesota peach and apricot propagation, and worked passionately toward developing cold hardy fruit varieties.  

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Doris Molden, 86, of Benson

Doris Molden, 86, of Benson, died  Monday, January 13, 2014  at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.
The funeral service for Doris Molden was held  Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson with Pastor Paul Idstrom officiating.  Marg Friedlein was the organist and accompanied the congregation in singing “On Eagles Wings” and “The Old Rugged Cross”.  Dick Dandurdend sang “Go Rest High on That Mountain”.
Honorary Bearers were all of Doris’ relatives and friends.  Casketbearers were Terry Rohloff, Zach Rohloff, Todd Rohloff, Travis Collins, Troy Collins, Mike Molden, and Zach Molden.
Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.

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13
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John Edward Rear, age 68, of Benson

John Edward Rear, 68, of Benson, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Swift County Benson Hospital in Benson, Minnesota.
Funeral services were held  Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, with Rev. Paul Idstrom officiating.  Burial followed the service at the Benson City Cemetery.  Visitation was held  Tuesday, January 14,  from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, and for one hour prior to the service at the church  Wednesday.  Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson was in charge of the arrangements.  www.zniewskifuneralhome.com
John Edward Rear was born April 6, 1945, in Montevideo, Minnesota, the son of Edward and Agnes (Jorgenson) Rear.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Mandt Lutheran Church in rural Montevideo.  He grew up in Swenoda Township and graduated from Benson High School in 1963.  

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10
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Julie Rae Munsterman, 51, of Rochester, MN (formerly of Villard, MN)

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JULIE R. MUNSTERMAN

Julie Rae Munsterman, 51, of Rochester, MN (formerly of Villard, MN) died on Friday, January 10, 2014 at the Ecumen Bethany Community Nursing Home in Alexandria, MN.  Funeral arrangements are pending, through the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood, MN and Calvary Lutheran Church in Glenwood, MN.

www.hoplinfuneralhome.com

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