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James Ecker
Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home of Browns Valley announces the death of James Ecker, 87, of Browns Valley, MN. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Browns Valley. Visitation was held at Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home in Browns Valley, MN Monday evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Paul Warnier officiated, and Ginny Westbrock, Todd Johnson, and Jim Jung provided music. Urn bearers were Jay Ecker and Jeff Ecker. flagHonorary bearers were the Browns Valley Fire Department and American Legion Post 58. Burial was in Midway Cemetery.
James F. Ecker was born on July 11, 1927, to Howard and Josephine (Cress) Ecker on the family homestead in Woodside Township, Otter Tail County, MN. He attended country school and Bertha High School. Jim served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge he worked as parts man at Best Motors in Webster, SD, where he met and married Shirley Carlson on April 27, 1949.
Jim worked as a lineman for Davis-Hydaker of Ohio and Hallett Construction of Crosby, MN. In 1952, he began employment with Otter Tail Power Company, retiring from there in 1989. While employed with Otter Tail, Jim and Shirley lived in several towns in North Dakota until they were transferred to Browns Valley in 1958. He was the service representative for Browns Valley and for the towns of Peever and Wilmot, both in South Dakota.
Jim was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby, ND. In Browns Valley he was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he served as a Trustee and as Treasurer. He was an active member of American Legion Post 58 in Browns Valley and spent many hours volunteering there. Jim was also a member of the Browns Valley Historical Society. In the past he has served on the City Council, Browns Valley School Board, and was retired from the Browns Valley Fire Department. He was a Cub Scout Leader in Browns Valley and served on the Arrowhead District Sioux Council of the Boy Scouts of America and in 1988 was awarded the district Award of Merit.
Jim was proud of the restoration he did on his father’s 1935 McCormick-Deering corn binder and later donated it to the Thresher’s Group in Dalton, MN. He also spent a great deal of time building a scale model of his childhood homestead.
Jim died on February 12, 2015, at Browns Valley Health Center, having reached the age of 87.
Left with his loving memory are his wife, Shirley, of Browns Valley, MN; son David (Pat) Ecker of Browns Valley, MN; grandsons Jay Ecker of Browns Valley, MN; Jeff (Staci) Ecker of Twin Brooks, SD; and step great-grandchildren Dylan, Abby, and McKenzie Michels.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother Vernon Ecker; and sister Myrtle (Tom) Tydlacka.
Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home of Browns Valley, MN was in charge of arrangements for James Ecker. To leave online condolences, please visit

Charles Gleason
Charles “Charlie” Gleason, age 72, who was a resident of Greenwell Springs, LA, passed away on Monday, February 9, 2015, after battling pancreatic cancer.
Charlie was a beloved son, husband, father, and grandfather. Charlie served four years in the army after graduating from high school. He worked over 46 years at Graybar Electric and retired in 2012. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing poker and traveling. He touched the lives of everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Virginia “Jenny” Gleason; two daughters, Shelly Gleason, and Greta Gleason Bordelon and husband Reggie; granddaughter, Jena Bordelon; mother, Dolores Gleason; sister, Cheryl Martenson and husband Bob; and brother, Gary Gleason and wife Judy.
He is preceded in death by his father, Glen Gleason; and brother, Wendal Gleason.
Visiting hours were observed on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Resthaven Gardens of Memory Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Visiting hours resumed on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Resthaven Gardens of Memory Funeral Home. Officiant was Rev. Kim Little-Brooks with Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Baton Rouge. A reception followed the service at the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour at 3555 Jones Creek Rd., Baton Rouge.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Lutheran Church of our Saviour or American Cancer Society. Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Lavern SwensonLavern G. Swenson
Lavern G. Swenson, age 84, of Goodwin, SD, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015, at his residence. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Goodwin. Rev. David Mertz officiated. Music was provided by Nancy Severson as organist with congregational singing.
Burial was held at 3:00 p.m. at Garden of Rest Cemetery in New Effington, SD. Military graveside honors were conducted by Frank H. Adams Post #750 of Veterans offlag Foreign Wars, of Watertown, and the Funeral Honors Team of the S.D. Army National Guard. Honorary pallbearers were Lavern’s granddaughters: Tasha Schanbeck, Ashley Swenson, Brittany Swenson, Courtney Swenson, Savanna Young, Samantha Young and Leah Lutheran. Active pallbearers were Lavern’s grandsons: Allen Schanbeck, Joshua Welder, Patrick Welder, Anthony Lutheran, Travis Schanbeck and Trevor Young.
Visitation was at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Lavern was born on July 9, 1930, at Roslyn, SD, to Anton and Gladyce (Oman) Swenson. He attended school in Roslyn through the eighth grade. He graduated from New Effington High School and worked as a Bell Hop in Fargo. Lavern served in the U.S. Army from September 1950 to June 1953 during the Korean Conflict in a tank division. Following an honorable discharge, Lavern worked for the railroad and then in construction in Minneapolis.
On May 21, 1960, Lavern married Janis Martinek at New Effington, SD. He started working for the United States Postal Service in 1962, the family moved to Watertown in 1973 and Lavern retired in 1990. Lavern and Janis moved to Goodwin after retiring.
He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the V.F.W. Post # 750 and D.A.V. Lavern enjoyed many things in life including bowling, camping, hunting, fishing, gardening and speaking Norwegian. He loved spending time with family, especially with his grandchildren.
Lavern is survived by his wife, Janis, of Goodwin, SD; his four children, Steven (Sheila) Swenson of Watertown, SD, Vickie (Russell) Hoverstadt of Wallace, SD, Cindy (Rick) Lutheran of Eagle, ID, and Connie (Jeff Otto) Swenson of Watertown, SD; thirteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Iola Struck of Richfield, MN, and Rose Waage of Groton, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Allen.

Wayne Horner
Milford “Wayne” Horner, age 80 of Peever, SD passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Eventide Nursing Home in Moorhead, MN.
Funeral arrangements are pending with the Bainbridge Funeral Home of Wheaton, MN.
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