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Spring Valley News...2022



Betty L. (Sorenson) Rudolph, Age 92

   Betty L. (Sorenson) Rudolph passed away April 9, 2022, at the age of 92 at Woodbury Care Center, Woodbury, MN. She was born July 3, 1929, to Norman and Eda Sorenson on the home farm in Eau Galle Township. She attended all 8 grades at one room country Wildwood School. Then to Spring Valley High School, graduating with the Class of '47. After graduation she worked short time at Waldorf Paper Factory, where she met Paul Rudolph (love of her life). She worked at Northwest Airlines, Paul went on to barber school, and Barber for many years. Betty and Paul married on May 7th. 1949, lived in Oakdale, MN, where they raised 6 children (Betty a stay at home Mom) having a big garden, and very involved in activities at Gethsemanee Lutheran Church. After children grown, she did alot of quilting, even teaching some quilting at church and headed up Funeral lunches for over 30 years. She lived a good and happy Christian life, loving her God and Family!!
    Betty was preceded in death by her Parents, 2 Sons-Michael and Robert, and 4 siblings, Dale, Stanley, Robert Sorenson and sister Norma (Sorenson) Bee. Leaves to mourn Paul - her husband of 72 years, Sons Richard and Steve, daughters Luanne (Jeff) Peltier and Jean Modrow, Granddaughters- Roxanne Modrow and Rachel (Logan) Brand, and Sister Esther '54 (Richard) Nelson. Services were held April 13th, 2022 at Gethsemanee Lutheran Church, burial at Union Cemetary, Oakdale, Mn.

Gloria Brooke Duffy, Age 94

   Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, opened Heaven’s Gates to our mother, Gloria Yvonne (Brooke) Duffy, on the morning of March 14, 2022. Gloria was residing at the Comforts of Home Assisted Living when she passed from congestive heart failure.
    Gloria was born to Arthur and Severina ‘Marie’ (Ray) Brooke on November 8th, 1927. She was the 7th of 11 children born to this pioneering family of Spring Valley, WI. Her parents and siblings Walter, Adeline (Langer), Colburn ‘Cub’, Byron, Eunice (Dahms); John ‘Sonny’, Ada (Hughes); Robert ‘Bob’, Richard ‘Dick’, and Dale have all preceded her in death.
    She met our father, Lawrence Duffy, in Spring Valley. They were married on August 29, 1947. She and Larry owned an A&W restaurant in Tucumcari, New Mexico before moving back to Spring Valley and Ellsworth, WI. Larry passed away in 1988 and Gloria continued with her job as a bookkeeper and store clerk for the Ben Franklin Store in Ellsworth. Upon her retirement, she moved to River Falls, WI.
    She enjoyed playing cards, reading, making the occasional trips to Treasure Island with her sister, Eunice Dahms, attending church at St. Bridget’s in River Falls, and she seldom missed an episode of Wheel of Fortune. Gloria was also a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Upon learning of her eligibility for membership in DAR, she remarked “Dad always told me we [the Brooke Family] had been here for a long time, I didn’t know it was that long ago!” Her apartment was often very busy with visits from friends, nieces and nephews, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. There were always treats, coffee, and coca cola.
    Her passing leaves an emptiness in our hearts but we have the blessed assurance of seeing her again and sharing in the eternal life that Jesus Christ offers us. Her love and family stories will stay in our hearts. She is survived by her children, Patricia Duffy of Fridley, MN; Gayle (Charles) Nelson of Ellsworth, WI; Julie (Michael) Daly of Northfield, MN; Mike (Allison) Duffy of Three Forks, MT; Tom (Cheryl) Duffy of Ellsworth, WI; Jim (Susan) Duffy of New Richmond, WI. She is survived by several grandchildren, Joleen Gutting, Jennifer Duglin; Larry Nelson; Shad Christenson; Nick and Brad Duffy; Nathan Duffy; Marissa Jourbert and Will Daly. One grandchild preceded her in death, Sara Christenson of Montana. Pictures of her great and great great grandchildren filled her apartment.
    A very special thank you to all the staff at Comforts of Home-The Falls in River Falls and St. Croix Hospice for their support, patience and loving care.
    Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church (211 E Division St) in River Falls. Lunch will be served following the mass.
Visitation will be on Friday, at the church, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Darlene Joyce Litzell Richards, Age 88

   Darlene Joyce Litzell Richards, age 88, passed away peacefully Wednesday March 16th, at the Kinnic Nursing Home in River Falls, Wi.

   Darlene was born to Bernard Litzell & Eleanor (Gunderson-Dahlberg) on September 15th, 1933 in Duluth, Mn. She spent most of her childhood in Spring Valley, Wi. where she attended Spring Valley schools, graduating with the class of 1951.
    On March 15th, 1951 she was united into marriage with Raymond Richards. They were blessed with 4 children Steve, Debra, Ronald and Jodine “Jody”. They raised their child in the River Falls area. In 1973 they moved to a farm home on highway 29 in River Falls. It was there that Darlene’s passion for gardening and canning began. They spent many years on the farm before moving to a Lake home in Amery, Wi in 1991.
    During her working career she spent many years at Armors in St. Paul, Mn. and 15 years at Nor-Lake, Inc in Hudson, Wi. where she was affectionately known as “Ma”. Darlene is described best as a hard working woman with a love of chocolate, gardening, knitting, crochet, bowling, canning and spending many weekends playing poker with her children and later grandchildren.      

   Darlene is survived by her children Steven (Beverly) Richards of Turtle Lake, Wi., Debra (Gary) Vindal of Hudson, Wi., Ronald of Mellen, Wi., Jody (Mark) Suchy of Hastings, MN;

grandchildren Lori (Jamie) Dezern, Jennifer (Brett) Slunaker, Lisa (Tom) Christensen, Michele (Travis) Bonse, Jeff (Rebecca) Grinnell, Jacky (Paul) Smith, Abby (Edwin) Sutton; 14 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren; brother David (Barb) Litzell, sister-in-law Cindy Litzell and many other family and friends.

   Darlene is preceded in death by her husband Ray, infant son, Parents, Brothers Donald Litzell and Darwin “Hap” Litzell, Niece Elizabeth “Lizzy” Litzell. 7 sister-in-laws and 4 brothers-in-law.   

   Visitation will be held Thursday March 24th from 1pm-3pm at O’Connell Funeral home in River Falls, WI. The funeral will be immediately following the visitation. Burial will be following the funeral at the Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Lori Dezern, Jennifer Slunaker, Lisa Christensen, Jeff Grinnell, Abby Sutton and Ashley Wolff.

Ramona Christopherson (Sorenson Sanders), Age 81

   Ramona Christopherson (Sorenson Sanders), age 81, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2022 with her children at her side after multiple courageous battles with cancer. Ramona was born on June 9, 1940 to Raymond and Edna (Taylor) Christopherson in Spring Valley, WI. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1958.
   Two of her proudest personal accomplishments were her decades long career at 3M and obtaining her bachelor’s degree acquired late in life from Metropolitan State University.

   She was a talented pianist and was the organist for Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, MN for many years. She was an avid reader and a book club member. She also loved knitting and participated in a knitting group at St. Andrews Village in Mahtomedi, MN where she lived for the past 4 years. She had a strong faith and was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN.
    Her world revolved around her family and friends and she will be dearly missed. Everyone always enjoyed her fantastic lefse that she made for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
    Survivors include sister, Judith Hoops (Marvin) of Duluth MN; brother, Lyle Christopherson of Spring Valley WI; children, Todd Sorenson (Susan) of Minneapolis, MN, Timothy Sorenson (Julie) of Minnetonka, MN, Kari Hallowell (Jim) of San Clemente CA, Scott Sorenson (Bonny) of Granite Falls WA; grandchildren, Celinda, Davin, Kyla, Tristan, Erik, Bryan, Jenna; and great-grandchild, Kyler. She was preceded in death by her parents.
    The family would like to thank both Lakeview Hospice and the Pillars Hospice Home for their kindness, love, and support.
    A celebration of life will be held 11 AM Saturday, May 21, 2022 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, with visitation beginning one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society or The Pillars Hospice Home (please mail directly to 6025 Upper 35th Street North, Oakdale, MN 55128).

Bruce Jerry Larson, Age 58
   Bruce Jerry Larson, Age 58, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Sunday, Feb. 27th,2022.
    Bruce was born on September 29, 1963, the second of three children of Jerry & Joyce Larson. He was raised on the family farm, growing up doing daily chores- milking cows and baling hay. As a Spring Valley High School Cardinal, he lettered, won all-conference honors and was part of the Div. 5 1978 State Champion football team. He was also an outstanding heavyweight wrestler and competed in the state tournament twice. Being coached by the legendary Bob Thomas, Bruce’s love for sports and coaching took root. He graduated from Spring Valley H.S. in 1982 and moved on to UW- River Falls. He continued his football and wrestling career there and earned his degree in Physical Education. It was there that he met his sister’s college roommate, Kelly Christopherson. After they both graduated, they married on July 25, 1987. They moved to Somerset and began to raise their children and their football centered family.
    Bruce was hired in 1987 by Somerset (WI) High School. His Spartan coaching career included Girls Basketball (87-88), Wrestling (88-99) and Football as an assistant to his longtime friend, Brad Nemec from 87-1998 and took over as head coach in 1999 after Brad retired. He remained in this position through the 2021 season.  As head football coach, his teams claimed nine Middle Border conference championships, and went on to win state titles in 2002, 2012 & 2014, as well as state runner-ups in 2004, 2005 & 2011. In 2013 he was inducted into the UWRF Sports Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Wisconsin High School Coach of the Year in 2014 and the Don Shula National High School Coach of the Year in 2015. Most recently, he was honored with the inaugural Wisconsin Bell Cow Leadership award in 2021. Under Bruce’s guidance, Somerset H.S. has had several players reach the NFL. Bruce’s greatest accomplishment was all of the students he impacted daily at Somerset High school for the past 36 years. He affirmed this in a quote he shared: “I think we have made many good fathers [and mothers], some great employees, people that will look you in the eye and will do what is right and honest.”
   Bruce also founded and owned the Bumper to Bumper School of Driving and has trained thousands of drivers over the past 10+ years. He loved to cook- especially grilling meat to everyone’s delight. Bruce’s wardrobe color selection was small, black and red, and green and yellow, but growing. In recent years he added in blue and orange, but he would have never ever added in purple. Bruce was a dedicated Packer fan and could be found every Sunday cheering them on. After a 40 year wait, this Bruce finally got his Packer season tickets.
    He is survived by his wife, Kelly; sons, Rocky (Richell), granddaughter, Lettie, Mayville, ND, Reggie (fiancé’, Bailey Walz), New Richmond, WI. and daughter, McKell, Somerset. Gaelin (Micaela) and daughter, Laniah Elmore are also part of the Larson’s cherished extended family. Bruce and Kelly’s influence on education and coaching impacted their children’s future careers. Rocky is currently the Head Football Coach at Mayville State University, ND. Reggie is a Physical Education Teacher and Head Football Coach at New Richmond High School, WI. McKell is an 8th-grade Social Studies Teacher at Osceola Middle School, WI, and was at her dad’s side during every single game. Gaelin advocates for youth and foster care improvement. Parents, Jerry & Joyce Larson, Spring Valley (who rarely missed any Spartan games), brother, Fred (Lori), Spring Valley, and sister, Beth Carlson (Ross), Murdock. Nieces and nephews, Justin, Easten Larson and Mallory (Ryan Vos, fiancé), Regan Carlson. Mother-in-law, Kathy Christopherson, Ridgeland, WI. Brother-in-law, Jeff (Diana) Christopherson. Nieces and nephews; Austin, Lee, Beau and Veda.
    Bruce was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred & Grace Larson, Spring Valley, and Walter & Verna Larson, Minneapolis, MN; and his father-in-law, Larry Christopherson, Ridgeland, WI.
    None of us will ever forget that small spark of mischief in his eyes, infectious smile, and quick-witted one-liners.
    Visitation Friday, March 4, 2022, 4:00-7:00 P.M. at SOMERSET SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 645 Sunrise Drive, Somerset, WI with a celebration of Bruce's life at 7:00 P.M.  Spartan or Packers attire is encouraged.  Funeral service Saturday, March 5, 2022, 11:00 A.M. at CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 510 Germain Street, Somerset, WI with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Robert Freiberg, Age 78

     Robert Freiberg, age 78, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.
    Bob was born August 6, 1943 to Arnold and Lillian (Aamodt) Freiberg in Spring Lake Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church-Hatchville, and presently a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Woodville.
    Bob grew up and attended grades 1-8 at Reed School and Spring Valley High School graduating with the Class of 1962. After graduating, Bob worked with his parents on the home farm.
    On October 5, 1968 Bob married Barbara Fritz. They were married at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church due to the fire at St. John’s-Hatchville. They purchased the home farm and lived and worked there until 1992 when they purchased a home south of Hatchville and Bob started his Welding & Repair business.
    Bob was well known for his goofy sense of humor and his love of talking to anyone that had the time. His family and his Christian faith were very important to him. His passion was welding, forging, and helping others.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; Brothers - Gordon, Leroy, & Dennis. Sisters - Joan Styer & Delores Afdahl.
    Survivors include his wife Barb of Spring Valley; children: Susan (Curt) Turner and Sara (Wally) King both of Spring Valley; Grandchildren: Kelsey (Adam) Barstad, Faith (Brandon) King, Austin (Jenna) Turner, and Hope King: Great Grandchildren: Blakely, Brylynn, & Brewer and Savannah, Mckenna, & Annabelle; Siblings: Sister, Marilyn (Charles) Gjovig of East Bethel, Mn. and Brother-in-law, Herb Afdahl of Anthem, Arizona; Sister-in-law and brother-in-law Brenda and Duane Kado: and, Many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.
    Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service at church on Thursday, March 17. A memorial service will be on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Woodville, Wisconsin. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery-Hatchville in Weston Township, Wisconsin.

   Barb and the family wish to thank the staff of Spring Valley Health & Rehab and St. Croix Hospice for their wonderful loving care. They made Bob's and our lives as easy and comfortable as possible during his stay.

William Wayne Kittleson, Age 73

   William Wayne Kittleson, age 73, of River Falls, WI passed away peacefully Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at his residence with his daughters seeing him off. William was born on August 31, 1948 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, the son of Wayne and Pearl (Wenum) Kittleson. He was raised in Spring Valley where he graduated from high school in 1966.
    He would be married to the former Diane Huebel. To this union daughters Colleen and Aimee were born. This union would later dissolve. He would later marry Doris Field. To this marriage, daughters Nikki, Carrie, and Angie were born. William would later start up his own business, Kittle’s Mobile Repair Company, where he would help move, repair, and fix up mobile homes. He later worked for KolPak in River Falls for several years. Sadly, he injured his back with a work-related accident and was forced to retire.
    William’s greatest passion was jumping on his Harley Davidson and going for a drive. Unfortunately, his motorcycle was a complete loss as it was swept away in Hurricane Katrina when he was down south. He enjoyed going to the local classic car shows, grilling with his family, and cheering the Green and Gold to a victory. In earlier years, many great memories were made camping and fishing on the Red Cedar River with his kids.
    He is survived by his daughters, Colleen (Bob) Kittleson, Aimee O’Donnell, Nikki (Brandon) Backhaus of River Falls, Carrie Kittleson of River Falls, and Angie Kittleson of River Falls; grandchildren, Grace, Mariah, Madison, Evelyn, Kyleigh, David, Gabi, John, Emma, Jo and Cooper; mother, Pearl Kittleson of River Falls; siblings, Bonnie (Rich) Richardson of Menomonie, Kathy Starr of River Falls, and Mike (Patty) Kittleson of Spring Valley; many nieces and nephews, other family, and friends. His father, Wayne precedes him in death.
    Mass of Christian Burial for William Kittleson will be 2PM, Thursday, February 24th at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in River Falls. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at church. Memorials are preferred to the family. Funeral and cremation services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of River Falls.

Karen Dahlman Hudson, Age 73

   Karen Hudson, age 73, of Hudson, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at her home in Hudson, Wisconsin.

  Karen was born September 27, 1948 to Robert and Kathleen (Harshman) Dahlman in Baldwin Township, St. Croix county, Wisconsin. She grew up and attended school at Spring Valley until her Junior year in high school. Her family moved to Hudson and she graduated from Hudson High School in 1966. She worked many years as a stocker at Walmart. She was an avid Packer fan. Most important to her were her family and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her father Bob, grandson Austin.
    Survivors include her mother Kathleen of Hudson; 4 children: Shaun (Dana) Hudson of Glenwood City; Steven (Angela) Hudson of River Falls; Jamie Hudson of River Falls; and Jennifer Hudson of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren: Samantha Hudson, Hunter Lewis, Zach Marek, Haley Lewis, Kimberly Hudson, Mathew (Brittany) Evenson, Marne Lewis, Isabelle Hudson, Landon Moore, Michaela Hudson, and Abigail Hudson; 2 great grandchildren: Liam and Dakota Anderson; siblings: Erlene (Jerry) Barriault of Hudson and Robert ‘Butch’ (Dawn) Dahlman of New Richmond.

   A Celebration of Life will be on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley.

Timothy Louis Traynor, Age 62

   Timothy Louis Traynor, age 62, of Louisville, KY, passed away unexpectedly in his home on January 28, 2022.
    Tim was an amazing father, " grandpa", brother, son, and friend. He loved his children fiercely and absolutely adored his grandchildren. Tim was always smiling, always positive, he radiated happiness and that great cackle he had for a laugh was the best. He was intelligent, compassionate, loving, caring and would do anything to help anyone in need. He loved the beach, being by the water, golfing, and loved to cook, especially his favorite chicken salad.
    Tim graduated from River Falls High School in 1978 and joined the Air Force shortly after where he proudly served for 4 years at Reece Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. Tim moved back to Wisconsin and started working at the Ford Plant in St. Paul, MN in 1992 and then transferred to Louisville, KY in 2012 to finish out his retirement.
    Tim is survived by his daughters, Tosha and Alicia "Steak Sauce" (Rory); son, Josh (Anna); grandchildren, Izaac, Elainna, Landon, Lilah, Kade, Gage and Skyla. His Mother, Sandy Mrozek; brothers, Tony(Bernice) Traynor and Tom(Nicole) Traynor; sister Tracie(Sonny) Poulin, many nieces and nephews and former spouse Cindy Jacobson.
    He was preceded in death by his father, James Traynor ('56).
    He will be greatly missed by his kids: mom, Sandy Mondor Mrozek ('58); family, Alicia "No Sauce", close friend Billy (Laura) Wiley, Sherry Valentino and the many other people he has touched the lives of.
    A celebration of his life will take place at a later date in Wisconsin to share favorite memories, stories, to laugh and to cry, and to remember a wonderful man. A memorial service will be held at the Ford Union Hall in Louisville, KY. Date to be determined.

Larry Hopwood, Age 79

   Larry Hopwood, age 79, of Elmwood, Wisconsin died Monday, January 31, 2022 at the Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin, Wisconsin.
     Larry was born May 29, 1942, to Will and Olive (O’Connell) Hopwood in El Paso Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1960. A year later, on June 10, 1961, Larry married Cathy Falde. They were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood. After marriage they lived in St. Paul for a while before purchasing their farm in Rock Elm Township. They were blessed with 4 children: Suzanne, Steve, Shawn and Sandra.
    Larry was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed fishing. He worked as a tool and die maker and kept busy on his hobby farm raising beef cows and hogs.
    Preceding him in death were his parents; stepmother Hazel; daughter Sandra Binkowski; granddaughter Amber Wheeler; brother Morris ‘Dick’ Hopwood; brother-in-law William Van; mother-in-law and father-in-law Gordon and Jean Falde.
    Survivors include his wife Cathy of Elmwood; children: Suzanne (Dave) Casey of Menomonie; Steve (Jamie) Hopwood of Elmwood; Shawn Hopwood of Roberts and sons-in-law: Corey Binkowski and Dave Wheeler; 9 grandchildren: Jordan (Hannah) Wheeler; Miranda (Tanny) Flowers; D.J. Wheeler; Justin (Tasha) Hopwood; Jesse Hopwood, Hunter Hopwood; Zac Binkowski; Hayley (Brandyn) Seipel; and Paige (Mike Erlitz) Binkowski; 6 great grandchildren: Braylon and Ellie Hopwood; Lydia Hopwood; Camdyn and Carter Seipel; and Donavin Erlitz; sisters: Marilyn (Robert) Slonecker, Sterling, CO.; Ramona Van, Plum City, WI.; Karen (Jim) Olek, Andover, MN.; sister-in-law Wanda Hopwood, Spooner, WI.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
   A private family service is planned.

Kent Rudesill, Age 91

  Kent Rudesill, 91, of Baldwin, died of heart failure on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at his home in Baldwin, Wisconsin.
    Kent was born on January 18, 1931, to Scottie and Elsie (Knerr) Rudesill in Martell Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was a graduate of Spring Valley High School (Class of '48) and top graduate of United Electronics Laboratories in Louisville, Kentucky.
    Kent met his future wife, Ann Turner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa at a youth group roller skating party at the Hammond Hall. It was love at first sight for both of them. Kent served his country for two years during the Korean War. He did his basic training in Camp Chaffee, Arkansas and served in Heilbronn, Germany as a company clerk. Kent and Ann were married on October 11, 1953 at St. James Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa between basic training and deployment to Germany. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in 2021.
    Kent and Ann farmed with Kent’s parents from 1955 to 1968 and continued farming on the family farm in Gilman Township, Pierce County into the 1990s. His dream was to build a prized herd of registered Holsteins. By the early 1980s he accomplished that dream. He along with his sons continued to improve the herd and became a top butterfat producer in Pierce County for several years.
    In the 60s and 70s, Kent had a side job operating ‘Kent’s TV and Radio Repair’ for extra income. He installed many antennas and changed out tubes in many TVs in the area. In addition to farming and TV repair, he served as Gilman Township Clerk for many years.
    Kent was an avid sports participant, viewer, and coach. As a young adult, he played baseball for the well-known ‘Duffy’s Darlings’ in Spring Valley and also for Elmwood town team. He fondly told tales of playing against Bud Grant who was a pitcher for various town teams as a young man. Kent shared his knowledge by coaching youth in 4-H and church softball. He also enjoyed playing league golf and bowling. He even appeared on the TV show ‘Bowl-a-rama’ in the 1960s. His most memorable golf success was a hole-in-one at a Casa Grande golf course in Arizona.      

   Kent rarely missed watching the Twins and Vikings on TV. Fishing too was a passion as he and Ann, along with friends, made many trips to lakes in Northern Minnesota and Canada.Kent loved to play cards, especially bridge. He taught many people how to play the game he loved. He was always up for playing some kind of card game.
    Kent and Ann were fortunate to spend 35 winters in the Phoenix and Casa Grande Arizona area where they made many wonderful life-long friends.
    Kent is survived by his wife Ann, sons Doug (Sue) Rudesill of Shell Lake, Andy (Rose) Rudesill of Baldwin, Kurt (Becky) Rudesill of Menomonie and daughter Jane (Jeff) Ducklow of Maple Grove, Minnesota; Grandchildren: Ben (Suzannah) Rudesill, Greg, Jacob and Troy Rudesill, Tony (Lacey) Ducklow, Alex (Katie) Ducklow, Samantha Rudesill (Samuel Roesler), Vince (Tana) Rudesill, Heather Rudesill and Jenna (Brock) Sletner; 7 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in law Mary-'53 (Len) Place, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, brother-in-law, Charles Olson, Alden, Michigan and sister-in-law June Gwynn, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Kent was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-laws Lorraine-'50 (Harold) Turner , Audrey-'57 (Joe) Menter, sister, Judy-'61 Olson and brother, Troy Rudesill-'51.
    Kent was a life-long member of the New Centerville United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, New Centerville, Wisconsin after the celebration of life service in the spring.
    A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. at New Centerville United Methodist Church, located at: 36 County Rd Y, rural Baldwin. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Martell Township. Visitation will be on Friday, May 13, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at New Centerville United Methodist Church.

   Special thanks to Pastor Tim Matthaei of New Centerville United Methodist Church and Adoray Home Hospice Care.

Duane Clarence Larrieu “Spook”, Age 74
   Duane Clarence Larrieu “Spook”, age 74, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at his son’s home in Spring Lake Township. With his family at his side.
   Duane was born February 26, 1947, to Ervin and Signa (Larson) Larrieu in Menomonie, Wisconsin.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Cady Township.   Duane attended Spring Valley Schools.  He worked all his life in Spring Valley for Gilbertson Lumber Company and Oak-Dale Hardwoods. He also worked for Elmer Miller skinning coon, foxes and mink as a side job for many years.  On June 21, 1969, Duane married Judy Gilbertson at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.
   Duane would give you his shirt off his back if you needed it. He enjoyed the company of everyone, always looking for the good in you. He enjoyed going to the bars and Cenex where he could have a drink and play some Lottery (I’m going to win big one day, wait and see!!). He enjoyed the outdoors (hunting, cutting wood and camping). He was a collector of many things, hats, stuffed animals, and whatever else he liked. (“it’s going to be worth something someday”) He always enjoyed going ‘thrift sailing’, especially with Darcie and Donna because they would let him buy anything.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Bill Larrieu; nephew Josh Larrieu; and niece Amy Larrieu.
   Survivors include his wife Judy; sons: Jim (Lisa) Gilbertson and Lloyd (Darcie) Larrieu; 4 grandchildren: Zach and Cody Gilbertson and Trenton (Jennifer) Larrieu and Alexzandria Larrieu; 3 great grandchildren: Addy, Brantley, and Harleigh;  Special niece Jamie (Michael) Hall; siblings: Bonnie (Gail) Mick; Timothy Larrieu; and Tina Cotts; several in-laws; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and his beloved dog Bandit.

   Memorial service will be on Monday, January 10, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 9, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley, and one hour prior to the service on Monday.