Erickson, Eltune (1949-2016)

Eltune Erickson, 66, of Minneapolis, MN, formerly of Warren, MN, passed away on Thursday morning, May 12, 2016, at Golden LivingCenter – Lake Ridge in Roseville, MN.

Eltune was born on December 11, 1949, in Thief River Falls, MN, to Eli and Ellen (Ingalls) Erickson. Growing up in Warren, he was captivated by maps and knew every county road (and who lived on it) within 30 miles. He was also a child-historian, spending a great deal of time with his elderly grandfather collecting stories and family history. After graduating from Warren High School in 1967, Eltune entered the U.S. Army on June 26, 1968, serving his country in Vietnam and, later, Alaska. After being honorably discharged on June 15, 1971, Eltune moved to the Minneapolis metro area, where he lived for the next 40 years.

Eltune worked for Tonka Toys for more than a decade, until the company relocated in 1982, and after that, worked various odd jobs. He enjoyed living a simple life. The few material things he did value were his treasures: books, atlases, and maps. He frequented the Minnesota Historical Society and spent days of his life at local libraries going through archives. He attended the State Fair nearly every year and knew the quickest way by bus to anywhere in the city.

Eltune was blessed from an early age with an amazing memory. He used this talent to not only remember innumerable dates of historical events, but to remember the birthdays of all his family members. In addition to receiving a phone call with birthday wishes, you might also be told (from memory) about which president shared your birthday and their life stories; if you gave him your date of birth, he could tell you what day of the week you were born on! Eltune will be remembered both for his quiet intelligence and for his big heart.

Eltune is survived by his sister, Ellette (Jerry) Kostrzewski of Thief River Falls; brother, Ethel (Donna Peterson) of Warren; special aunts, Gladys Blakstvedt of Maple Grove, MN, and Cora Ravndalen of Roosevelt, MN; nieces and nephew, Stacie (Collin) Mooney, Bradley (Jason Grinnen), and Jessica (Corey) Hodne; great-nephew, Kyle Mooney; great-nieces, Ciera Mooney and Paige Hodne; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Elvis; and twin nephews, Jason and Jerald Kostrzewski.

Funeral Service: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 10:00 AM, in DuBore Funeral Home, Warren, MN.
Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home.
Interment: Woodman Cemetery, Middle River, MN

Transcribed by: WSaewyc

Goss, Betty Ruth (Ingalls) (1931-2012)

Betty Ingalls, 80, of Winona died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Winona Health.

Betty Ruth Ingalls was born Oct. 10, 1931, to Leroy and Annie (Magnuson) Ingalls. She grew up in Middle River, Minn., and graduated from high school there in 1949. Betty graduated from Bemidji State University in 1953, and attended the University of Minnesota for further studies. She completed her master’s of education at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in 1972.

She was married to Jeff David Goss, who died just two years after they were wed.

Betty taught elementary school for many years. Seventeen years of her teaching career were spent in Alaska. She also taught for 10 years in Minnesota. Betty had a home-based business.

She is survived by her sisters, Cora Ravndalen of Roosevelt, Minn., Gladys Blakstedt of Maple Grove, Minn., and Ellen Erickson of Warren, Minn.; several nieces and nephews; other extended family and many friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, Edith Blahauvietz and Mae Tunheim; brothers, William Ingalls, Arsa Ingalls, and Clarence Ingalls; as well as three sisters who died in infancy.

Funeral service will take place Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare in Winona, with the Rev. Joe McConkey officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Woodman’s Cemetery in Middle River.

Services are entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Winona.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

McAdam, Merlyn Howard “Buzz” (1937-2004)

Merlyn McAdam, 66, died on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, August 26, 2004 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Wollenzein officiating. Burial will follow at Woodman Cemetery in Middle River, MN.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Wednesday, August 25 with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services at the church.

Merlyn Howard McAdam was born on September 18, 1937 on the family farm in Huss Township, Roseau County, MN, the son of Merlyn E. and Gladys C. (Beito) McAdam. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church and attended school in Thief River Falls.

Buzz entered into the service with the US Army, serving in Germany, Texas and California. While in Texas he gave Elvis Presley his fatigues, tested him to get into the army and was stationed with him at the same base in Germany. He was honorably discharged on April 30, 1962.

On August 8, 1956 he was united in marriage to Josephine Votava in Thief River Falls. The couple lived in California and Texas before moving to a 5 acre mini farm in Queen Creek, Arizona where they raised their family. Buzz retired from the US Post Office and in 1986 he moved back to Thief River Falls. The last several years, Buzz was blessed with his special friend Grace Busse and her family.

Buzz was a member of the Mesa Moose Lodge, TRF American Legion, Eagles Club and Ducks Unlimited. He was a fun loving person who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, ice fishing, and fishing derbies. He especially loved to visit with family and friends; he never met a stranger. He loved to cook, especially barbecues, Buzzy burgers, dove hunt feasts and western omelets.

He is survived by his children Darla Schmier, Rebecca McAdam, Debra McAdam all of Mesa, AZ, Ward (Jolene) McAdam of Queen Creek, AZ; daughter in law Angelica McAdam of Mesa, AZ; grandchildren Richard Schmier, James (Dana) Van Dam, Joseph Schmier, Danielle Combs, Ashley McAdam, Chelsey Van Dam, Ryan McAdam, John Paul McAdam, Dillon McAdam, Evan McAdam; great grandchildren Denali Van Dam and Evan Prue; sister Jo Ann Widing of Thief River Falls, Peggy “Maxine” (Vern) Reierson of Thief River Falls, Gladys “Bobbi” Roberta Pratt of Reno, NV and Scottsbale, AZ; along with several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son John McAdam, parents, 2 brothers-in-law Delbert Widing and Lorne Pratt and special friend Grace Busse.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky