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Willis Harry Miller, 89, a well-known St. Croix County historian and 68-year Hudson newspaperman, died early Sunday, Nov. 16, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after suffering a stroke at home two days earlier. He was born Nov. 28, 1918, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Harry Willis and Ida May (Day) Miller. He spent his first years in Watertown, S.D., and later St. Paul, before coming with his parents to Hudson in 1922. The Miller's first home in Hudson was at 1416 Third St., a rented house of 14 rooms, owned by Dr. Laurence P. and Laura (Hochstein) Mayer, their next door neighbors.
Erling T. Strom, 87, lifelong resident of Hudson, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 8. He was born the son of Henry and Karen (Carlson) Strom on May 4, 1921, in Hudson. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1941. He served as a U.S. Marine from 1941 to 1945 during World War II and the U.S. Army during 1950 and 1951. On April 20, 1945, he was united in marriage to Gloria Rulien. Erling worked as a part-time Hudson police officer for a short time prior to working for United Refrigerator and Nor-Lake.
James K. Richardson, 70, formerly of Hudson, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, but few details were available at press time. Richardson, who most recently lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the former president, chair and CEO of Nor-Lake in Hudson. He left Nor-Lake in 1995 and moved away from the community to pursue other interests. He was married to Barbara (Blakeman) Richardson in 1964. They were later divorced. Her mother and father, the late Marie and Harry Blakeman, were the original founders of Nor-Lake, a local refrigeration company.
Kyle Forsythe, 21, son of Jeff and Joan Forsythe of Hammond, died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 2, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. His aunt and uncle, Greg and Donna Fern, live in Hudson. A Celebration of Life was Friday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. at the Roberts United Church of Christ. A visitation was from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin and one hour prior to the service at the church Friday afternoon. Burial was in the Hammond Cemetery. Memorials are preferred for his sister's college education.
Robert W. "Ole" Samuel, 85, of Hudson passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 4. He was born the son of Edward and Lorena (Tietchman) Samuel on June 5, 1923, in Red Wing, Minn. His mother died at a young age. He attended Cudd School in Pierce County and enjoyed training his beloved horse. On Oct. 2, 1944, he was united in marriage to Marian Larson at Trinity parsonage, east of Ellsworth. Ole spent over 20 years working for the commercial elevator company Hauenstein Burmeister as a welder.
Rolland Dedrick Becker of Hudson passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 4, one day shy of his 73rd birthday. He was born the son of Ralph and Dorothy (Weiss) Becker on Nov. 5, 1935, in Minneapolis. Rollie spent his working life as a route salesman, primarily in the health and beauty aid industry. Blessed with the "gift of gab" and a love of people, these traits later led to three-hour trips to get groceries! Rollie was an avid member of, and volunteer for, the Democratic Party.
Raymond Charles "Ray" Fuchs, 87, of Lakeland died Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Christian Community Home in Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Lake St. Croix Beach, Minn. Visitation was one hour prior to the Mass on Monday and from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening, all at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Knights of Columbus in Stillwater or Mora, Minn. The O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson handled the arrangements.
Dianne Lynn Heins, 57, of Stillwater, Minn., died at home of cancer Friday, Oct. 3. She and her husband, Dennis, operated Heins Nursery in Woodbury, Minn. A funeral service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bayport, Minn., with Pastor Rich Larson officiating. Visitation was from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until the time of the service. Interment was in Cottage Grove, Minn. Memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic for cancer research. O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson handled the arrangements.
Steve Loescher, 61, of Hudson passed away Monday, Oct. 6, at his home with his family by his side. Stephen Brent Loescher was born in Freeport, Ill., on Feb. 7, 1947, to Helen Ruth (Finley) and Carl Dietrich Loescher. He spent his childhood in Freeport, graduating from Freeport High School in 1965. He attended Highland Community College in Freeport before and after spending six years with the United States Air Force in South Dakota. Steve lived in several cities, including Milwaukee, Spearfish, S.D., and Vale, Colo., before coming to St.
Bill Weston, 86, of Hudson, a longtime resident of Christian Community Home in Hudson, died Sunday, Sept. 14. Among his survivors is a daughter, Kathryn (Ron) Smith of Hudson. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Clinton, Iowa, with visitation one hour prior. Private interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to CCH or to Boy Scouts of America in Bill's name. Online condolences may be expressed at www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com .