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Gordon S. Johnson, 85, was born on March 25, 1925, in Clear Lake, Wis., the son of Thomas and Edith (Vick) Johnson. He graduated from high school in Clear Lake. He joined the United States Navy in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1946 as an aviation machinist's mate 3rd class. Gordon entered college at River Falls, Wis., in 1947, and married June (Heck) Johnson.
Ray A. LaPorte, age 77, of River Falls, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at the River Falls Area Hospital. He was born the son of Alvin and Goldie (Parise) LaPorte on June 24, 1933, in Glen Flora, Wis. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On May 8, 1954, Ray married Joan Barker in Ladysmith, Wis. He worked at St. Croix Gas for many years and retired from the City of River Falls Utilities department. Ray was on the Volunteer Fire Department in Prescott and enjoyed outside yard work, tinkering in his back garage, fishing and hunting.
Doris Henrietta Larson (nee DeRoy), age 90, was born to John and Allie DeRoy on Oct. 11, 1920, at their home in Baldwin, Wis. She died peacefully at home with family in Inver Grove Heights on Nov. 20, 2010.
Ralph LeRoy Brown, age 85, born Jan. 10, 1925, died Nov. 16, 2010, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Ralph would want to express his gratitude for the kindness, tenderness and love, given him by the hospital staff; also, to the staff at the Deerfield Gables in New Richmond for their wonderful care during the last few months of his life. Ralph was preceded in death by son, Jeffrey Scott Brown; his parents, Ralph and Dorothy Brown; and sister Mae Stalker.
Lavon Margaret Marie Keehr, age 83, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 16, 2010, at her home in Spring Valley, following a short battle with cancer. Lavon was born Nov. 28, 1926, the daughter of Palmer and Gladys (Thompson) Geving in Baldwin. She was baptized Dec. 25, 1926, at the home of her grandparents, Andrew and Mary Thompson. In 1934, the Gevings moved to Spring Valley and Lavon lived there the rest of her life. Lavon attended Spring Valley schools, graduating with the class of 1944. She attended UW-River Falls for 2 years and Minneapolis Business College for 1 year.
Leon Wayne Logterman, age 62, of River Falls, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at his home. Leon was born on Feb. 17, 1948, in Elkhorn, Wis., the son of Marion and Caroline (Risseeuw) Logterman. Leon grew up in Clinton, Wis., and graduated from Clinton High School in 1966. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1975, after serving his country in Vietnam 1969-1970. Leon and Trena Hartsook were married on Sept. 4, 1971 in Montfort, Wis. They moved their young family to River Falls in 1976.
Scott R. Petersen, dear father, son, brother, and friend, 44, of St. Paul. Dear father of Chrissy Lynn; son of Joanne and Tim; brother of Heather and Hiedi; former spouse of Theresa; nieces and nephews. Funeral at Maple Oaks Funeral Home, 2585 Stillwater Rd., at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Visitation Friday for one hour prior to service. Private family interment. Memorials preferred. Maple Oaks/Phalen Park Funeral Home, 651-738-2198.
Doreen H. White, age 64, of Hudson, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at the Kinnic Long Term Care Center in River Falls. On June 7, 1969, she married Donald White. Doreen had a big heart for life and always put everyone else first before herself. Her passion was spending time with family, friends, laughing, shopping and enjoying life as "Nana".
John Anthony Turcheneske Sr., age 89, of River Falls, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at the Kinnic Long Term Care, River Falls. John was born on June 14, 1921, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Adam and Rose (Schumacher) Turcheneske. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII and married Mary Driscoll on Jan. 10, 1943, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Atlantic City, N.J. In 1955 he began employment with the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. and remained with them until his retirement in 1983. Both John and Mary loved flower and vegetable gardening. He was an active member of St.
David Dean Knott was born on July 19, 1938, to Harry and Bess Knott. He lived in River Falls all his life and loved it. He graduated from River Falls High School and UW-RF, and spent two years in the National Guard in Ft. Lewis in Washington State. He worked in the family business, Melgard Monument Company, on and off through his growing up years and became a co-owner with his parents, which he, as of late, co-owned with his son, Korey.