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Gary Keith Erickson
Gary Keith Erickson, 70 of Aitkin died Sunday, June 25, 2017 at his home. He was born December 30, 1946 in Aitkin to Albert “Bud” and Lois Mae (Erlandson) Erickson. He graduated from Isle High School in 1964. After high school he attended college and was a member of the National Guard. Gary was united in marriage to Sandra Kay Norman on October 24, 1970 in Crosby. He worked many jobs and most recently was the owner of Cedarbrook Lumber Company in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his mother: Lois Mae (Erlandson) Erickson and his brother: Brian Erickson. Gary is survived by his wife of over 46 years Sandy Erickson of Aitkin; father: Albert “Bud” Erickson of Aitkin; son and daughter-in-law: Jason (Kara) Erickson of Aitkin; daughter and son-in-law: Jill (Brent) Katzenberger of Ironton; 8 grandchildren: Sharayah (Kodie) Krautkremer; Lincoln, Solomon, and Everen Erickson; Barrett, Levelyn, Scarlett, and Bexton Katzenberger; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Bob (Jane) Erickson of Arizona and Mark (Miriam) Erickson of Florida; 1 sister: Susan Erickson of Aitkin; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Don and Gloria Norman of Aitkin; many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Journey North Church in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Jason Erickson, Rev. Glenn Browning, and Rev. Dallas Smith will officiate. Music will be provided by Jill Katzenberger and Michael Janetis. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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James Joseph Collins
James Joseph Collins, age 83 of Aitkin died Saturday, June 17, 2017. James was born September 6, 1933 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Joseph and Eileen Collins. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1951. He then entered the National Guard and was activated and served in the U.S. Army in Korea where he was wounded. Upon his discharge he worked for Johns-Manville Company near Chicago Illinois for a time and then returned to the Aitkin area where he worked Hiway construction for a time and then worked in the Mines at Crosby. He married Judith Ann Sanbeck on August 17, 1957 in Aitkin. They made their on a farm east of Aitkin where they eventually built their home. He farmed most of his life but also worked a milk route and also had a contract mail route from the mid 1960’s to 2000. He served the Glen route which later was known as HC 5. In 1969 he went to work in Virginia, Mn. as a state patrol dispatcher for two years. He then worked for Rasley Oil Co driving a bulk oil truck and in 1972 he went to work for the Aitkin Count Sherriff’s office as a dispatcher, a job which he held for 25 years retiring in 1997. He enjoyed his farming, hunting, fishing, and especially enjoyed time with the grandchildren and family. He was a member of the Aitkin VFW, Aitkin American Legion Post, the Disabled American Veterans, the Teamsters Union and Bethesda Lutheran Church of Rossburg where he had served on council for many years and was also church treasurer for many years. He is survived by his wife Judy Collins of Aitkin; Sons and daughters in law: Doug (Jeanie) Collins and Rick (Janice) Collins all of Aitkin; brother in law: Cliff Sanbeck of Aitkin and grandchildren: Joe (Ashley) Collins, Brian(Cora) Collins, Mitch Collins, Matt Collins, Isaac Collins, and great granddaughter Ann Rose. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Gene. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Saron Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Angeline Louise Bodeker
Angeline Louise Bodeker, 81 of Aitkin died Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was born October 25, 1935 in Graham, Benton County to Richard and Myrtle (Hafner) Bartel. She graduated from Crosby – Ironton High School. Angeline was united in marriage to Douglas F. Banks, Sr. on April 27, 1957 in Crosby. Douglas died in 1973. Angeline was united in marriage to Eugene “Bud” E. Bodeker on March 6, 1976 in Aitkin. She worked as a bookkeeper at Aitkin Feed Store and at Hyytinen Hardware Hank in Aitkin. She was a homemaker and mother. She enjoyed Sewing and Quilting, and was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge. She was preceded in death by her first husband Douglas F. Banks, Sr. on November 19, 1973; her second husband Eugene “Bud” Bodeker on November 6, 2001; two brothers: Bobby Bartel and Dick Bartel; and her parents: Richard and Myrtle (Hafner) Bartel. Angeline is survived by 5 children: Douglas (Bonnie) Banks of Pillager, Mark (Janice) Banks of Villard, Tammy Banks (Jeff Hagen) of Elk River, Steven (Trudy) Banks of Minneota, Lynn (Greg) Mattice of Nowthen, 10 grandchildren: Kyle Banks, Klaire Banks, Jordan Keith, Douglas (Nichelle) Banks, Jared (Stacy) Green, Jessica Nelson, Adam Shipman, Kimberly Shipman, Megan Mattice, and Taylor Mattice. 5 great-grandchildren: Hayden & McKenzie Banks, Haily, Paige, and Sutter Green. 9 brothers and sisters: Vonnie Sanvig, Jimmy Bartel, David Bartel, Donna Bartel, Otto Bartel, Mel Bartel, Tiny Judd, Joyce Bartel, and Janet Morin. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Monday, June 19, 2017 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Brian Ricke will officiate. Burial will be in Bennettville Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m, Sunday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service.
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Thomas Partridge
Thomas Michael Partridge, age 68 of McGregor died Monday, June 12, 2017 at his home in McGregor Thomas was born June 11, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Russell and Theresa (Sobotta) Partridge. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis graduating from South High in 1967. He married Carol Ness in 1967 and they lived in Minneapolis for a time and then moved to Starbuck, Minnesota. They returned to Minneapolis for a short time and then moved to Superior, Wisconsin where he operated a restaurant for a number of years and then also operated a food truck. He moved to McGregor in 2003 and has resided here since. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his daughter Tracy Partridge of Superior, Wisc.; Sister: Sharon (Partridge) Murray of Tamarack, Mn.; nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his 2 sons: Russell and Michael; sister: Jean Partridge Kehoe; long-time significant other: Cheryl Birk; and his parents. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Kuriakose Nediakala officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be June 29, 2017 at 2:00PM in Greenwood Cemetery, Superior, Wisconsin. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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