Obituaries

Gladys Mildred Cunningham passed away November 11, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Gladys was born January 16, 1927 to Kyrn and Jennie (Van Slooten) Ruis in Pease. She married William “Bill” Cunningham on December 9, 1950 and together they had two children. Gladys worked...
James Eastman, 93, of Battle Lake, died November 13, 2020, at the Broen Home in Fergus Falls. A memorial service will be held at a later date due to the pandemic. Interment will be held in Poplar at a later date. James William Eastman was born February 23, 1927 at Staples to James and Henrietta...
Melvin John Nefstead, Jr., 82, of Baxter, Minnesota, transitioned to his heavenly home November 18, 2020, following a brief hospitalization at Lakewood Health System to treat complications of COVID-19 and Parkinson’s Disease. Throughout his life, Mel (also known as Brotz) was consistently committed...
Eldon LeRoy Morey of Motley died on November 18, 2020.  He was born on August 15, 1937, to Edward and Mary Morey.  Motley was his boyhood home and he graduated from Motley High School in 1955.  He obtained degrees from Hamline University, St. Cloud State College, and the University of South Dakota...
Maurice “Maury” Edmund Peterson, 90, formerly of Motley, went to be with Jesus on November 9, 2020, after a short battle with COVID. There will be no service at this time, but a late spring 2021 military burial is planned in Fargo. Maury was born in Motley, to Lawrence and Effie (Carry) Peterson on...
Russell “Larry” Bacon, formerly of Staples, passed away October 21, 2020 at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.  Services will be held at a later date. Larry was born June 26, 1947 in St. Louis County to Neoma (Scully) Bacon and Otto Bacon. He attended school in Staples and after schooling he...
Marlys Jares, 85, of Staples passed away November 4, 2020, at the Lakewood Pines Assisted Living in Staples, under the gentle care of Lakewood Hospice and Dr. Julie Mayer-Benson. A private memorial service was held at Staples Assembly of God Church with Pastor Roy Miles presiding. Burial was in...
June Ida Hanson, 88, of Staples, passed away at Lakewood Health System October 30, 2020. Funeral services will be held Thurs., Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Motley Free Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at the Taylor Funeral Home in Staples, Nov. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., and one hour prior to the...
Roger Jenkins, Anchorage, a former Alaska legislator and fighter for conservatives, passed away June 18, 2020 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after complications from a previous surgery. Private memorial services will be held a later date. Jenkins was born January 17, 1941 in Staples to Leslie...
Bonnie Grossman, 83, of Staples passed away peacefully, at the Harmony House in Motley on November 3, 2020.  Private family services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Staples. Bonnie was born to Gordon and Delores (Fielder) Liane on January 16, 1937. She was raised in Staples and married...

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