Yancy Derringer, 58

Yancy Derringer, age 58, of Tracy, Minnesota, with family by his side died on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at Hospice of Murray County in Slayton.  Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 19, 2018, at Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Monday at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall.

Yancy Maverick Derringer was born on May 11, 1959, to parents Robert and Anna (Yovanavich) Derringer. He grew up in Indiana where he attended grade school and later earned his GED.  Yancy worked several manufacturing jobs, was married, and had 2 children, Amy and Alex.

In 2011, Yancy moved to Tennessee to begin working with BlueScope Buildings in Jackson, Tennessee.  Then, following his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer, he moved to Tracy to be closer to his children in April of 2017.

Yancy enjoyed fishing and playing with his grandchildren.  He was a very friendly and social person, talked to anyone, especially while hanging outside the gas station with a coffee in hand.

Yancy is survived by his daughter, Amy Graw of Tracy; son, Alex Derringer of Marshall; 5 grandchildren, Karter (and Rikki) Graywolf of Murray, KY, Jonathon Graw, of Tracy, Joey Graw of Tracy, Kayla Graw of Tracy, Kaitlyn Graw of Tracy; great-granddaughter, Jayden Graywolf of Murray, KY; pet lab, Tippy; brothers, Dan (and Deb) Derringer in MI, Lawrence Derringer in TN, Chuck (and Pat) Derringer in MO; sisters, Sharon (and Kent) Pulley in IL, Judy Derringer in PA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Anna Derringer; and siblings, Nick Derringer and Elaine Wheat.

Arrangements by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, Minnesota. 507-532-2933

Guest book and tribute wall available online at www.hamiltonfh.com.

Laurine “Laurie” Ziemke, 85

The funeral service for Laurine “Laurie” Ziemke, 85, of Tracy, were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Tracy Lutheran Church.   Interment followed at the Tracy Cemetery.

Laurine Mae “Laurie” Ziemke, the daughter of Robert and Mildred (Christianson) Prosch, was born on February 3, 1933, in Marshall, Minnesota.  She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Marshall.  Laurie graduated from Marshall High School in 1951.  She attended Mankato State Teachers College and Southwest State and taught school in Winthrop and Walnut Grove.

On June 19, 1954, she and Elverne Ziemke were married there also.  Prior to retiring to Tracy in 1999, they lived in Mankato, Redwood Falls and farmed near Walnut Grove and Tracy.  Laurie actively participated in choir and women’s groups in Lutheran Churches wherever she lived, most recently at Tracy Lutheran Church.  She taught Sunday school, Bible School and religious classes, she served on church council, women’s groups, Bible Study and Conference and Synodical Boards.  She also enjoyed delivering bulletins to parishioners in their homes.  She was very active and participated in many social, community groups and volunteer efforts including Sons of Norway, Study Club, the Hospital Auxiliary and was a 4-H Leader.  Laurie always enjoyed learning new things.  She enjoyed traveling, reading and attended Senior College.

After a series of health events beginning on January 28, Laurie died on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

She is survived by her husband, El; four children and their spouses:  Zindie and Kent Meyers of Spearfish, SD., Rick and Carol Ziemke of rural Walnut Grove, Nancie Ziemke and Paul Carlson of Denver, CO and Beth and Jon Davidann of Kailua, HI; grandchildren and their spouses:  Derek and Laura Meyers of Northfield, Lauren and David Reiderer of LaCombe, LA, Jordan Meyers of Gig Harbor, WA, Landon and Karen Ziemke of New Hope, MN, Benjamin Ziemke of Springfield, OR, Noelle Ziemke of rural Walnut Grove, MN, Holly Ziemke of rural Walnut Grove, Eli Davidann of Kailua, HI and Eric Carlson of Denver, CO along with eight great-grandchildren:  Micah, Asher, Estella, Truett and Clara Ziemke and Oliver, Isaac and Augustine Reiderer, sister-in-law Sue (and Doug) Nackerud, one niece and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew Brian Nackerud.

Arrangements with Life Remembrance Center of Tracy,  www.lrcmn.com

Jean Asplin, 84

Memorial Service for Jean Asplin will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dawn Quame officiating.  The organist is Brenda Whitehead with special music by Heidi Winter. Interment will be at Steelesville Cemetery in Dassel, MN.

Jean Asplin was born on November 8, 1933 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Helger and Selma Lundgren Anderson.  She grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Washburn High School in 1951.  Jean attended the University of Minnesota with a major in Dietetics, graduating with honors in 1955. Jean was a member of Gamma Bate Sorority.  Jean then attended the University of Iowa where she received her Masters Degree in Nutrition.

On September 21, 1956 she and Roger Asplin were married in Minneapolis.  Following their marriage they made their home in St. Paul for one year and Jean worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  In 1957 they moved to Aberdeen, SD where Jean taught at St. Luke’s Hospital.  In 1958 they moved to Slayton, MN.  Jean worked at the Murray County Medical Center plus did consulting for many area hospitals and nursing homes until her retirement in 2009.  Although retired Jean continued Dietetic Education Programs at the Tracy Hospital and did consulting at Prairie View in Slayton.  Jean loved being a Veterinarian’s wife and all that came with it like helping with calls and clients. Roger passed away on May 26, 2011.

Due to a cancer diagnosis Jean moved in with her daughter, Cindy in Richfield, MN.  Jean passed away at her daughter’s home with her family around her on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the age of 84.

She was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton where she taught Bible Study, release time and Sunday school, and was active in the women’s group holding many different offices.  She also served as church President and on the Alter Committee. Jean and Roger enjoyed camping and fishing trips to Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada as well as an African Safari in Zambia, touring Rhodesia and South Africa.  Jean was an active member of Go Getters 4-H Club, Extension Group, Monday Study Club, the Murray County Health Alliance Foundation and the Hospital Auxiliary.  She also served as a hospice volunteer.  Jean enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, dancing, gardening and playing the accordion.

Survivors include her four children and their families, Nancy and Greg Rino of Casper, WY, Cindy and Keith Larson of Richfield, MN, Sally and Rick Remington of San Clemente, CA, Brent and Sue Asplin of Barrington Hills, IL, 10 grandchildren Rene Rino, Fawn Wallace, Zeb Rino, Chelsie and Amy Larson, Aspyn and Camden Remington, Will Asplin, Hope Kuvalja, Hannah Nylander Asplin, five great-grandchildren, Eralys Wallace, Ava Wallace, Brady Rino, Celby Rino and Davis Rino, two sisters, Norma Asplin of Dassel, MN, and Karen Nelson and her husband, Ross of Webster, MN, one brother-in-law, Tom Locke of Merrifield, MN and one sister-in-law, Virginia Anderson of Dassel, MN.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Roger, sister, Judy Locke, father and mother-in-law, Viola and Albert Asplin, two brothers-in-law, Russell Asplin and Edwin Anderson, and nephew, Chuck Asplin.

In lieu of flowers memorial’s maybe directed to Hospice of Murray County, Christ Lutheran Church or to donor’s choice.  Visitation will be on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton.  Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements.  To send condolences visit totzkefuneralhome.com

John Engesser, 78   

John P. Engesser, age 78, of Slayton, died Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Slayton Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center.

A private service will take place at a later date.

Dingmann Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Adrian, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dallas Petit, 78

The memorial service for Dallas Petit, 78, of Tracy, will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Tracy United Methodist Church.  A private family interment will take place in the Spring at the Tracy Cemetery.

Dallas Martin Petit was born on September 2, 1939, in Currie, MN, to Lambert and Lily (Whitman) Petit.  He was baptized in the Catholic Church and confirmed in the Presbyterian Church.  He grew up and attended school in Currie.  After graduation, Dallas attended the Hanson Mechanical Trade School in Fargo.

On September 1, 1961, he was united in marriage to Linda Langland.  Dallas liked to be busy and was a talented “jack of all trades.”  He worked as a mechanic, drove milk truck and was capable at plumbing and wood working.  He enjoyed summer fishing at the lake, working in his garage and watching birds.  Dallas was very social.  He was a volunteer Scout Master for the Boy Scouts, member of the Lions Club and served a term on the Police Commission.  Although he could be stubborn and a bit feisty, he will be remembered as a good dad with a sense of humor.  He loved his grandkids and great grandkids.

Dallas died on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, children John (and Joy), Wayne (and Nancy Thedans), and Jerry; grandchildren John Jr., Michelle (and David) Vang, Daryl and Aaron; great-grandchildren Aydea, Jake, Christian, Avron and Hailey; sister-in-law Hazel Petit, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Avis (and Ambrose) Pikula, Douglas Petit and nephew Christ Pikula.

Laurine “Laurie” Ziemke, 85

The funeral service for Laurine “Laurie” Ziemke, 85, of Tracy, will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Tracy Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Friday from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Life Remembrance Center in Tracy.  Visitation will continue from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church.  Interment will follow at the Tracy Cemetery.

After a series of health events beginning on January 28, Laurie died on Monday, February 12, 2018, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Arrangements with
Life Remembrance Center of Tracy
Tracy, MN www.lrcmn.com

A complete obituary will be published next week.

Thomas Hansen, 78

Thomas Joel Hansen, age 78, passed away peacefully January 22, 2018 at the Cornerstone Hospice House in The Villages, Fl.  He was born on 6/16/1939 to parents Phyllis and Elmer Hansen of Tracy, MN.  He is survived by his loving wife Mari of 52 years, daughter Christine (John) Hilton, Son Brian (Jennifer) Hansen, Carrie (Reed) Mahlke, his 10 wonderful grandchildren, Jack, Max, Brayden, Hunter, Tommy, Tallon, Caroline, Paige, Rystrom,Mia, his brother Bill, fantastic sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws and a host of special nieces and nephews.

Tom had many names over the years, TJ, Coo, Coach, Tommy Boy but the ones he cherished most were Dad, Grampa, Brother, Uncle Tom and loving husband.

Tom graduated from Tracy, MN high School in 1957 and after graduating Mankato State University in 1961 went on to teach math in Lamberton, MN for 3 years and 1 year in Hicksville, NY.  In 1965 he married Mari Schermerhorn  and also began his business career of 38 years with Univac, Sperry, Unisys and Lockheed Martin living in Pennsylvania, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and Burnsville, MN.  Tom and Mari retired to The Villages, FL in 2006 but spent summers back in MN to be close to family.

Tom’s favorite motto was “Love Life and Have Fun” and he did that every day in whatever he was doing and with whomever he encountered.  His laughter was contagious, his hugs loved by everyone, his personality so infectious that he was able to meet new people wherever he went and most of them became lifelong friends.  His ability to make a room full of friends or strangers sing “The 12 Days of Christmas” was incredible.

Tom loved all sports and played basketball until he was 62 but his real passion was golf!  His hat tipping and professionalism on and off the course were classic.  He was a very good player and people enjoyed (except mom) some of his little instructions while playing with him, whether it was your stance, putting stoke, backswing or grip he always had advice if you wanted to listen.  Besides his love of sports, he enjoyed fishing at Leech Lake, reading, playing cards, talking politics or the stock market, but most of all he enjoyed having fun with his numerous friends and his beloved family.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 9 at 11 am at the New Covenant Methodist Church in the Villages, FL.  The family is planning another memorial service in Tracy, MN sometime this summer

Deborah Larson, 59

Deborah “Debbie” L. Larson age 59 of Tracy, wife, mother, sister, daughter and dear friend to all, peacefully passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be held 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a 4:00 p.m. Rosary Service and a 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service.  Visitation will continue one hour prior the service at church on Saturday.  Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Debbie was born on May 29, 1958 in Sydney, MT to Janet and Donald Slagel.  She graduated from Marshall Senior High in 1976 and Granite Falls Technical College in 1983 with a degree in Accounting.  She married her high school sweetheart, Steve Larson in 1984.  They settled in Tracy, MN where together they established and ran Steve Larson Services Inc., in Tracy and the surrounding area for 15 years.  Following this, Debbie joined John´s RX Drug as an accountant, however according to many, she became the fountain of knowledge for all aspects of the business.  Her welcoming smile and bubbly personality was known and loved throughout the community.  Also during this time, they welcomed their 2 children, Tristan and Brittany, who would become her pride and joy… her heart and soul.  Debbie strived to provide a fairy tale life for her children, instilling in them a zest for life and a commitment to family and friends. She was an avid flower gardener, a fitness enthusiast losing herself in long walks with her dogs, a lover of summer nights watching the sunset from the dock of their cabin and a true inspiration with her flare for design and style on all levels.  However, Debbie`s real and abiding passions were always her family and friends. Her infectious laugh, witty personality, intense loyalty and enormous capacity for love is why she is beloved by so many.  Debbie has filled our lives with warmth and laughter and this loss leaves a tremendous void in all of us.

Debbie is survived by her husband of 34 years, Steve Larson, their children, Tristan Larson (Ayla Snyder) and Brittany Larson; her mother Janet Slagel; her siblings Rick Slagel (Patti), Mike Slagel (Teresa) and Shari Slagel (Razmi Patel); sister-in-law Debra Miller (Ardie); and her nieces and nephews: Sara, Cindy, Samantha, Heather, Tawnni, Braeden, Carter and Kai.

The family asks that you spend time with your children, take long walks with your loved ones and raise a glass in honor of enduring lifelong and beloved friendships.  This is what Debbie would wish for.

Blessed be her memory.

John Janssen, 93

Funeral Services for John Gerald Janssen are set at Trinity Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Doug Minton officiating.  The organist is Kathy Schwartz.  The pallbearers are his grandchildren.  Interment is at Slayton Memorial Gardens in Slayton, MN.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton, MN from 4-6 p.m. and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.  To send condolences visit totzkefuneralhome.com

John Janssen was born on March 26, 1924 on the family farm near Worthington, Minnesota to John and Grace Rieken Janssen.  He grew up on the family farm and attended country school.  The family later moved to a farm near Lake Sarah in Murray County, Minnesota.  On June 1, 1948 he and Elaine Lauck were married at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Worthington.  Following their marriage they farmed near Bigelow, MN and later near Wilmont, MN until 1970 when they purchased a farm north of Slayton.  They retired in 2008 but remained on the farm until 2010. They then moved to Westside Apartments in Slayton and remained there until 2013 when they moved in with their daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and George Bowman in Marshall, MN.  Elaine passed away on February 17, 2014.

John passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the age of 93.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Slayton where he served as elder and usher.  John kept a daily journal until 2008.  He enjoyed going back through his journals as well as the many scrapbooks that Elaine made.

Survivors include his three children and their spouses, Ellen and Gary Bergman of Grand Forks, ND, Gerald and Deb Janssen of Balaton, MN and Marilyn and George Bowman of Marshall, MN, eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Elaine, two brothers, Reinold and Clarence Janssen and one sister, Anora Malenke.

Colleen Jolly, 71

Colleen Kay Drackley Jolly, 71, passed away on Sunday, January 21 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Colleen was born on April 8, 1946 in Tracy, Minnesota.  She grew up on a small dairy farm with her sister and two brothers.  Her parents Arthur and Charlotte (Shannon) farmed and taught in public schools.  Their household was filled with quiet faith, a love of literature and the natural world surrounding them.  Colleen carried these values throughout her life and passed them on to her children.

In 1964 Colleen graduated from Tracy High School and began her studies at the University of Minnesota. She majored in Home Economics Education and graduated with honors in 1968.  While attending the U, she met her future husband Robert Jolly.  Colleen and Bob were married on March 17, 1968 in Tracy Methodist Church in Tracy, MN.

Bob left for Officer Candidate School three weeks after they were married.  Colleen joined him after graduation and for the next 3 years lived the life of a Navy wife in Norfolk Va.  During the Norfolk years, Colleen began her teaching career – teaching home economics at Jaycox Junior High School

After leaving the Navy, Colleen and Bob began their graduate studies at the University of Minnesota.  Colleen received her MA in Family Social Science in 1974.

In 1975, after Bob completed his degree, Colleen and her family moved to Alberta, Canada where Bob began his work with Agriculture Canada.  Colleen started working for Lacombe Family Social Services as an adult educator

Family ties drew Colleen and her family back to Ames, IA and Iowa State University in 1979.  For the first 8 years, Colleen was fully engaged in parenting, community organizations and all the other activities of a young mother.  She began working for Iowa State University Extension in 1987 as the Story County Home Economist.  In 1993, she accepted a position on campus as an Extension Specialist in Family Development.  Her work focused on the educational and support needs of families confronting the demands of aging and frail parents.  She put this knowledge to use in her own life as she cared for both her parents and parents-in-law in Minnesota for well over 20 years.

Colleen retired from ISU in 2007.  She continued her involvement with First United Methodist Church, AAUW and served on the Board of Iowa Caregivers in Des Moines.  For over 10 years, she volunteered at Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance.

Colleen’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.  She also treasured her quiet time when she could work on her many writing projects.  Colleen loved reading good mysteries, music, traveling and exploring nature.  To her family, friends and co-workers, Colleen was a gentle, kind, trustworthy soul who was fiercely committed to the things she believed in.   

Colleen is survived by her husband, Bob of Ames, daughter Shannon Jolly, Beloit WI, son Dan Jolly, daughter-in-law Stacy, and grandchildren Conor and Clare of Andover, MN. Colleen’s mother-in-law Marguerite Jolly is still living in Onalaska, WI.  Her surviving siblings are Barb and Fred Volkmann, Tucson, AZ, Richard and Linda Drackley, Decorah, Iowa and Jim and Tonya Moore Drackley, Urbana, IL.  She is also survived by sister-in-law, Janis Jolly, LaCrosse, WI and her partner Mark Stahlhut as well as Janelle Keltgen and her husband, John Lauridsen of Ames, IA.

Colleen loved her nieces and nephews and their families – Jennifer and Tim McDonough, Rockville, MD, Rebecca Volkmann, Washington DC, Chris Volkmann, St. Louis, MO, Kris and Don Heidemann, Forest City, IA, Jordan and Blake Hansen, Hudson, IA, Patrick Drackley, Champaign, IL, Michael Drackley, Chicago, IL, Andy Drackley, Chicago, IL, Meredith Thomsen and Josh Miner, LaCrosse, WI and Colin Thomsen and Ellen Peterson of Oslo, Norway.

Colleen was preceded in death by her infant son Michael, her parents, Art and Charlotte Drackley and her father-in-law William Jolly.

Colleen’s family and friends will celebrate her life at a memorial service at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Ames. A visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday, March 9, also at the church.  The Reverend Fred Lewis will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Colleen’s memory would be directed toward the missions programs of the UMW at First United Methodist Church in Ames, the AAUW Foundation, Iowa Caregivers of Des Moines, IA or Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance of Ames.

Colleen’s family would like to thank the nurses and doctors in the Neuro/Trauma ICU at Mercy Hospital for their skill, compassion and honesty during a very difficult week. We are also grateful for the love and support of Colleen’s many friends and neighbors.