Daily Globe News
George W. DeBeer, age 86, of Worthington, died Sunday, October 26, 2008, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. He was born September 28, 1922, in Lyon County, IA, near Ellsworth, MN, to Will and Aafke (Harms) DeBeer. George grew up and attended country school in Midland Township. He was baptized & confirmed at the Bethel Reformed Church. George served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. His ship, the USS St. Lo, was the first US ship to be sunk by kamikaze pilots. He was rescued after spending several days in the water. George married Darleene H.
Jean Paul "J.P." Tousignant, 40, of Flower Mound, Texas, passed away Oct. 7, 2008. He was born Jan. 13, 1968, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Larry and Wilma Tousignant. J.P. was an avid soccer player and coach. He served in the U.S. Army in Desert Storm. He is survived by his wife, Jodee Reese Tousignant; two daughters, Jessica Paige and Lauren Parker Tousignant; father and stepmother, Larry and Amanda Tousignant; and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his mother.
Randy Polzin, 52, of Storden, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D. Surviving are his wife, Elaine Polzin, Storden; three stepchildren, Scott (Margo) Thompson, Storden, Jeff (Kari) Stevens, Clovis, N.M., and Kathy Carey, Iola. Okla.; three siblings, Roger (Donna) Polzin, Jeffers, Ricky (Sheri) Polzin, Holyoke, and Carolyn (Harry) Michels, Redwood Falls; and nine step-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Storden Community Center and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethany Lutheran Church, Storden. The service will be 10:30 a.m.
W. Ray Hansen, 86, of Luverne, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Sanford Luverne Hospital. Surviving are his wife, LaVonne, Luverne; four children, Karen Hansen, Ames, Iowa, Eileen (Alon) Hemme, Hardwick, Rhonda (Paul) Jorgensen, Winner, S.D., and William (Nancy) Hansen, New Brighton; three siblings, Vernon (Dorothy) Hansen, Luverne, Lloyd Hansen, Boulder, Colo., and Marion Soehl, Colorado; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m.
Chris Usher, 65, of Luverne, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at Regions Hospital, St. Paul. Surviving are his wife, LaNita Usher, Luverne; and two children, Rick (Brenda) Usher, Elk River, and Robyn (Allen) Vosejpka, Champlin. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Luverne. The service will be to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Luverne. Hartquist Funeral Home -- Engebretson Chapel, Luverne, is in charge of arrangements.
Marie F. Wiegel, 98, of Luverne, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Society -- Mary Jane Brown Home, Luverne. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Luverne. The service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Luverne, with the Rev. Thomas Jennings officiating. Burial will follow in St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery, Luverne. Arrangements are being made by Hartquist Funeral Home -- Engebretson Chapel, Luverne.
Ruth E. Sickler, 90, of Sherburn, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Trimont Health Care Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Kramer Family Funeral Home, Sherburn, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Congressional-United Church of Christ, Sherburn. The service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Congressional Church-United Church of Christ, Sherburn, with the Rev. Rodney Slessor officiating. Burial will be in Sherburn Cemetery.
Ina Jonethe Mellum, 93, of Sun City, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. Visitation will be from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West Belmont Cemetery, Belmont Township, Jackson County. The graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West Belmont Cemetery, Belmont Township, with the Rev. Eric Hullstrom officiating.
Eugene Arthur Steffen, son of Harry and Rose (Lueck) Steffen, was born Aug. 7, 1922, on his parents' farm in Hunter Township, Jackson County, Minnesota. Gene grew up on the family farm and attended country school. Following his education, Gene remained on the farm. He entered the U.S. Army on Sept. 15, 1944, and served in the Philippine Islands and Japan with the 161st and 4th infantry regiments for 19 1/2 months. He also participated in the Luzon and Leyte Campaign. He was honorably discharged Nov. 22, 1946, and returned to the farm. He married Helen Kasch Sept.
Margaret K. Harberts, 77, of George, died Saturday, Oct.