Obituaries

Dennis V. Schmitt

9/26/1926 — 4/10/2014

Dennis V. Schmitt, age 87, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Dennis was born in Shakopee on September 26, 1926. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He married Luella H. Jaspers on November 29, 1952, in Chaska, Minnesota.
Prior to retirement, Dennis worked a majority of his life at the Ford plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was an amateur radio operator, and enjoyed his camping time with the 'Holiday Rambler's Club'.

Dennis is survived by his son, Kevin; daughter, Karen; grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah; sister, Betty Dols; brother, Joe Schmitt and wife, Harriett. He was preceded by wife, Luella.

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Rosemary Walters Spandl

11/25/1924 — 4/8/2014

Rosemary Walters Spandl, age 89, of Eden Prairie, entered eternal life on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at her home at The Colony in Eden Prairie. She was a shining star bringing love and happiness to all who knew her.
Rosemary was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada, on November 25, 1924, a farmer's daughter, her parents were Edward F. Walters, Sr., and Mary Rose Dugan. She married George Spandl on September 28, 1946, in Hallock, Minnesota.
Rosemary was a world traveler, a few of her favorite places were London, India, Australia, Europe, Florida, Arizona, and many cruises. Taking pictures, and being in pictures made her happy. She would say 'never have a frown in front of the camera.' She was a social butterfly, who loved laughing, singing, and dancing. She also enjoyed gardening. Rosemary also moved a lot; 27 times during her lifetime.
Survived by son, Stephen Spandl and wife, Carol, of Shakopee; daughters, Patricia Spandl Mikrot and husband, Steven, of Blaine, Rory Spandl and husband, Thomas Doty, of Jordan; grandchildren, Nichole Ebner and husband, Mike, Carrie Spandl-Boegeman and husband, Derek; Rachel Schaefer and husband, Edward; Donovan Mikrot, Kristy Kloos and husband, Matt, Justin Doty, Amanda Doty, Lexi Doty, Hannah Doty; great- grandchildren, Ashleigh and Kayla Ebner, Tyler Boegeman, Charlotte Kloos; brothers and sister, Thomas Walters and wife, Martha, Alice Palmquist, Edward F. Walters, Jr. and wife, Madeleine; sister-in-law, Joyce Walters; and special friends, Ralph Sanders, MaryLou Carlson and William Malmo.
Preceded by George Spandl; parents, Edward Walters and Mary Rose Dugan; step-mother, Hilda Johnson Walters; brother, Charles Walters; brother-in-law, Jim Palmquist.

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Dorothy M. Miller

5/23/1926 — 4/4/2014

Dorothy M. Miller, age 87, of Shakopee, died on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Born in Sibley County, Minnesota, on May 23, 1926, the son of Henry and Martha (Schulze) Wills. Dorothy married Robert Miller on July 16, 1945, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. She was a housewife.
Dorothy enjoyed puzzles, hummingbirds, and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren deeply. She was very committed to her faith.

Preceded in death by her husband, Robert; and three brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Gwen Lundahl and husband, Thomas; son, David Miller and wife, Anna Marie; grandchildren, Aaron Lundahl and wife, Kristen, Jessica Paggen and husband, Jason, Joel Lundahl and wife, Sarah, Jeremy Miller and wife, Emily, Kalyn McGarvey and husband, Rob; great-grandchildren, Cole, Shelby, Owen, Decker; sister, Agnes Hoffman.

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Gregory J. Butch Reynolds

8/14/1940 — 4/1/2014

Gregory John Butch Reynolds was born on August 14, 1940 in St. Peter, MN to Floyd Cyril and Bernyce Catherine (Bezdichek) Reynolds. He passed away on April 1, 2014 at Harris Methodist HEB Hospital in Bedford, TX.

Greg was raised in Le Center, MN but later moved to Minneapolis where he graduated from Edison High School. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force achieving the rank of Airman-2nd Class. He spent most of his service at the Air Force Base in Blytheville, AK, as a member of the ground crew that serviced the Stratofortress B52 bombers. He was very proud of his military service. His name is engraved on the Smithsonians Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Wall of Honor in Virginia.

He married Shirley Irene Vollmer on February 10, 1962 in Le Center, MN. After being discharged from the service the couple moved to Shakopee, MN where they raised their five children. He worked as a computer specialist at Midwest Federal and later at ACA Data. He was a former member of the Shakopee Jaycees and the American Legion.

Eventually the couple moved to Fort Worth where he worked as an IT Specialist at Catholic Charities. The staff affectionately called him St. Gregory for solving all their computer problems.

While living in Texas he took up the hobbies of model trains and of flying radio controlled model airplanes. He was an active member in the local RC model airplane club. He was a great lover of history which he passed on to his children.

Greg is survived by four of his children: Sons Dennis(Jackie) of Naples FL; Christopher of Centerville, MN; daughters Debbie(Mike) Seiberlich of St. Paul, MN; Jenny Reynolds of Springbrook, WI. He is also survived by daughter-in-law Karen Reynolds of Ormand Beach, FL; sister, Carol, Skeeter Reynolds of Richland Hills, TX; sisters-in-law, Donna (Donald) Vlasak and Patricia (James) Fillipek both of Montgomery, MN.

Greg is also survived by nine grandchildren: Daniel Seiberlich, Erin(Jay)Singerman, Samantha(Jesse)Watson, Shawn Rosaasen, James(Candi)Weber, Sr, Anthony Weber, Amanda Storms, Alexander Reynolds and Wyatt Reynolds, and six great-grandchildren, Elle Singerman, Haley Knutson-Weber, James Weber, Jr., Olivia Henneman-Austin, Zachary Storms and Callista Storms-Johnson, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews and very dear friends Larey and Maggie Vandervoort and their daughter, Lexi.

Greg was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Shirley, in 2008, his son David in 2006, his parents and one sister, Vickie.

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Bonnie L. Anderson

11/9/1949 — 3/28/2014

Bonnie L. Anderson, age 64, of Shakopee died on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Shalom West Home in St. Louis Park. Bonnie was born on November 9, 1949 in Shakopee the daughter of Delmore and Elsie (Bueche) Anderson. She had been employed at the Holiday Warehouse in Bloomington for 33 years. Bonnie loved animals, country music and was a great admirer of President John F. Kennedy.
Survivors include sister, Cindy (Donny) Buma of California; brother, Dennis Anderson of Chaska; sister, Joy (Dana) Curran of Minnetonka; nieces and nephews. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Polly Booker.

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Dean A. Smith

11/24/1926 — 3/28/2014

Dean A. Smith, age 87 of Shakopee died on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Dean was born on November 24, 1926 in LeSueur, Minnesota the son of Nile and Katherine (Viesner) Smith. He married Verena Mechtel on June 10, 1946 in Marystown. He was the retired owner of Dean Smith Trenching Incorporated of Shakopee. Dean loved fishing and was an enthusiastic bicycler.
Surivors include his wife of nearly 68 years, Verena (Mechtel); son, Larry (Diane) Smith; daughters, Marlene (Howard) Zaback and Marie Black; 9 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; brother, Merle Smith. He was preceded in death by his son Alvin Smith and wife Anna Marie; son, Terry Smith; grandson, Jeff.

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Delmont C. 'Del' Briest

10/14/1935 — 3/27/2014

Delmont C. Briest, 'Del', age 78, of Shakopee, formerly of Bloomington, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at his residence in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Born in Gaylord, Minnesota, on October 14, 1935, the son of Albert and Etta (Quast) Briest. Del graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he married Sharon Stolp on December 16, 1967.
For 30 years Del was employed at Honeywell as an engineer, he retired in 1998. He enjoyed summers at their lake place, fishing, and spending special time with his grandkids.
Survived by wife, Sharon; sons, John and wife, Michelle of Parker, Colorado, Paul and wife, Teresa of Bloomington; grandchildren, Jack and Addison Briest, Henry and Claire Briest; nieces and nephews. Preceded by parents, Albert and Etta; brothers, Wesley, Harold, Raymond, and Donald.

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Frank S. Kes

12/30/1925 — 3/20/2014

Frank S. Kes, age 88, of Prior Lake, entered eternal life on Thusday, March 20, 2014, at St. Gertrude's Health Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Frank was born in Lonsdale, Minnesota, on December 30, 1925, the son of Emil and Ludmilla (Pumper) Kes. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. In May of 1954, Frank and Elaine Scherer were married. Frank was a farmer when he was young, and then he worked at Modern Metals in Bloomington.
Frank enjoyed woodworking, fishing and gardening. He also liked attending the threshing shows in Jordan and Le Sueur.
He is survived by wife, Elaine (Scherer) Kes; son, Steve (Monique) Kes; grandson, Brandon Kes; brothers, Emmanuel (Rose) Kes, John Kes, Lawrence (Mary Jane) Kes, Thomas (Kathy) Kes, and Robert (Cecelia) Kes; 2 sisters, Angela Kes, and Mary Meyer; brother-in-law, Robert Scherer; sister-in-law, Eileen Kes.
Preceded by parents, Emil and Ludmilla Kes; brothers, Emil Kes, Myles Kes, and August Kes; sister, Ludmilla Schoenbauer.

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John G. O'Loughlin

2/3/1940 — 3/13/2014

John George O'Loughlin, 74, of Shakopee, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 13, 2014, surrounded by family at Methodist Hospital.
John was born on February 3, 1940 on the family farm in Shakopee. The oldest boy of seven siblings, John learned to farm from his father Ray. At the age of 17, John had to quit school to take over the farm due to his father's farm accident. He was able to graduate high school with the help of teachers and through the years, John also worked at American Crystal Sugar Chaska and Cargill Savage.
On Sept 6, 1957, John flipped a coin and was lucky enough to win the love of his life Maryann. They married on September 30, 1961 at St. Mark's church in Shakopee and raised a family of four on the farm where he was still farming with his 2 sons.
Family, friends, farming, faith and food were his life.
John's Catholic Faith was an important piece of his life. His dedication to his church and Catholic school community was unwavering. John was a member of Shakopee Knights of Columbus. He also regularly ushered at St Mary's Sunday Mass where his smile and gentle nod warmed the hearts of many.
Many Shakopee children were fortunate enough to meet Farmer John during a farm fieldtrip. John would hold their hands as they squeezed chickens, fed calves and ate ice cream cones with him. John made everyone feel special.
As a farmer, he had appreciation for life, for death, for nature and the land. John was admired for his strength and perseverance with the 1970 and 1978 farm fires and rebuilding. John was grateful to all the helping hands during these times.
A respected member of Shakopee and the surrounding farming communities, John's legacy and contagious smile will live on forever.
Survived by wife, Maryann; daughters and sons, Janni (Rick) Hennes, Tim (Jody) O'Loughlin, Steve (Joanne) O'Loughlin, Amy (Joe) Sullivan; grandchildren, Kelly, Kristin, and Dan Hennes, Erica, Lexi, and Ashlyn O'Loughlin, Robert and Keri Jo O'Loughlin, Samantha, Tom and John Sullivan; siblings, Mary Jane (Larry) Kes, Joanne (Jim) Luce, Donald (Shirley) O'Loughlin, Lois (Pat) Madden, Karen (Jim) Kemp, Kathie Brandel. Preceded by parents, Ray and Odelia; parents-in-law, Jerry and Virginia Weckman; brother-in-law, John Brandel.

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Dale E. Prchal

5/9/1945 — 3/12/2014

Dale E. Prchal, age 68, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his residence.
Born on May 9, 1945, in Glenwood, Minnesota, the son of Ernest and Myrtle (Kvitek) Prchal. He worked as a manager and in marketing for several auto body shops. Dale's main interest was race horses; he owned several race horses and he also enjoyed riding. He also enjoyed his 25 years of working side by side with Gary Kettering.
Dale is survived by his mother, Myrtle; sister, Judy Lee and husband, Al; niece, Jennifer Mcalpin and husband, Marty; nephew, Chad Lee and wife, Michelle; grand-niece, Madeline Sullivan; grand-nephews, Brock Sullivan, Caden Lee, and Paxton Lee; close friends, Ricky Anderson and Gary Kettering; many cousins and many friends.
Dale was preceded in death by his father, Ernest.

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