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Funeral Notice: Estel Fairchild

Funeral services for Estel Fairchild, 94 of Spencer, will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, at Warner Chapel, in Spencer. Visitation with family present to receive friends will be conducted from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Terril. Fairchild passed away Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, at Longhouse Nursing Home in Spencer. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Phillips

Barbara Jean (Bill) Phillips, 72, of Spencer died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Sept. 22, 2023. She was the second of four children to Robert and Doris (Ulrich) Bill. She was married to her husband Al Phillips for nearly 40 years.

Braden Huberg

Funeral services for Braden Allen Huberg, 21, of Lolo, Montana, formerly of Spencer, will be held at 10:30 Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. Braden passed away Sept. 1, 2023, and was the son of Deanna (Burger) Johnson and Justin Huberg.

Funeral Notice: Scott Brown

Funeral services for Scott Brown, 70, of Peterson, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, at First Congregational Church, in Spencer. Rev. Michael Hyde will officiate the service. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, at Warner Funeral Home in Peterson. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Spencer. Scott passed away Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at his residence. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Walter Slipke

Walter Lewis Slipke, 91, died peacefully in the presence of his children Sept. 17, 2023, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. Walt was born on Aug. 11, 1932, in Norton, Kansas, and grew up in the small town of New Almelo, Kansas, where he was known as Wally. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served honorably from 1951-54, including a deployment to the Korean War.

Clarence ‘Clip’ Schreuder

Clarence “Clip” W. Schreuder, 83, of Aurelia, passed away on Friday evening, Sept. 15, 2023, at Cherokee Specialty Care in Cherokee.

Betty Hamilton

Betty Louise Johnson Hamilton of New York City passed away at home on Sept. 14. She was born on Nov. 25, 1923, to Charles and Dessie Johnson on the family farm near Marathon.

She was predeceased by husband Arthur Hamilton in 1962; partner of 30 years Geoffrey Cobb Ryan in 2007; parents of Spencer; brother George Johnson; and sister Dorothy Vaubel.

Elvera 'Vera' Eckert

Funeral services for Elvera “Vera” Matilda (Gade) Eckert, 95, of Spencer, will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday Sept. 29, 2023, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, in Spencer, Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Rush Lake Cemetery in Spencer. Eckert passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Arlene Benson

Arlene (Vos) Benson, the daughter of William and Artie Vos, was born Aug. 30, 1928, in New Sharon. Arlene taught school in a one room schoolhouse for several years. She met her husband when the school bus blocked the driveway and she was delayed for work. Arlene married that school bus driver (LaVern) on March 9, 1951, in New Sharon.

Funeral Notice: Harold Piercy

A celebration of life for Harold Piercy, 76, of Spencer, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, at the VFW in Spencer. Rev. Tonna Parsons will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Piercy passed away Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Devereaux

Funeral services for Edward Dennis Devereaux, 85, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Kevin Richter will officiate the service. Visitation will be at the funeral home in Spencer. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Joanne Tuttle

Graveside services for Jo Anne (Campbell) Tuttle, 96, of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, formerly of Wahpeton, will be conducted at 1 p.m., on Sept. 20, 2023, at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. She passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, at Inver Grove Senior Living.

Jo Anne married Thomas Tuttle in 1952. They lived in Spencer. Their daughter, Jane Tuttle, was born in 1956, and in 1969, the family moved to Lake Okoboji in Wahpeton.

Russell Haugen

Russell Carl Haugen, son of Palmer and Alvina (Meyer) Haugen was born April 9, 1939, in Spencer. Russ received his education in Spencer. Following graduation in 1958 Russ enlisted in the Air Force.

On April 26, 1962, Russ was united in marriage to Sylvia Eilene Sanders in Lemar, Colorado. They were blessed with two children.

Geraldine “Gerry” Rabel

Funeral services for Geraldine “Gerry” Louise Rabel, 96, were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Rev. Kevin Richter officiated the service. Interment was conducted at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Vernon “Doc” Walsh

Vernon “Doc” Walsh, of Lakefield, Minnesota, formerly of Webb, Iowa, passed away Sept. 3, 2023, in Worthington, Minnesota, with family at his side.

Karen Oestenstad

Karen Kay Miller Oestenstad, 73, died peacefully on Aug. 12, 2023.

Karen was born in Spencer on Dec. 20, 1949, to Walter Miller and Goldie (Utley) Miller. Her childhood years were spent in Ruthven where she grew up on a farm with her favorite pony, Jill, and participated in 4-H. During her high school years she played basketball and was majorette of the marching band.

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