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Noel Clipperton

Noel Clipperton, 80, of Butterfield died Nov. 22, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society- Pleasant View in St. James. Funeral services were Monday at Alliance Missionary Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Ricardo Renteria officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Butterfield VFW Honor Guard was at Carson Mennonite Cemetery near Delft. Sturm Funeral Home of St. James handled the funeral arrangements. Noel Clipperton was born to Athelstan Ira Clipperton and Ellen Madie Kruse on the home farm south of Butterfield. He attended school in Butterfield and graduated in 1959. While in school, he played football and was a member of 4-H and FFA. From 1959 to 1962, Noel, with his dog Ceasar, stayed on the farm, raising livestock and helping farm 40 acres of his father’s land. Noel met the love of his life when he was 11 years old and she was seven. They started courting in 1961 and were married in 1963. Noel and Lois lived in Limestone, Maine until 1966. In 1962, Noel joined the U.S. Air Force and attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He went to Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colo., for technical school, then to Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine for the duration of his enlistment. In Limestone, he became a member of the Limestore Fire Department. Noel and Lois moved back to St. James where he worked as an electrician’s apprentice. Eventually, he earned his Master A License while working 19 years for Sam’s Electric. He then worked for Westons Automotive for 22 years. Noel retired in 2006 and moved to Butterfield, where he worked part-time for the city of Butterfield until 2010. While living in St. James, Noel served on the St. James Fire Department for 24 years, holding positions of assistant fire chief and training officer. Noel enjoyed working in his garden and flower beds, and feeding birds. He was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and a son-in-law. Survivors include his wife, Lois; children: Timothy Clipperton, Mavis (John) JoRay, Jason (Molly) Clipperton; Steven (Janet) Clipperton and Jennifer (Jaren Smith) Coult; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters; and two brothers.


Donald Peterson

Donald Peterson, 66, of Comfrey died Nov. 13, 2021, at United Hospital in St. Paul. Services were Friday at Mt. Lake Alliance Church in Mt. Lake with Pastor Jeremy Oakland officiating. Interment was at Springfield City Cemetery. Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey handled the funeral arrangements. Donald James Peterson was born July 29, 1955, to James and Irene Peterson in Bismarck, N.D. He graduated from Dodge Public High School in 1973. Don received a degree in precision machining technology from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., then worked a variety of jobs before finding his niche. After receiving a twoyear gunsmithing degree from Pine City Technical College in Pine City, he worked in the gunsmithing department at Sioux Sporting Goods in Bismarck until it closed. He went back to school and earned a process plant technology degree from Bismarck State College, came to Minnesota and worked at Heartland Corn Products Ethanol Plant near Winthrop, from 2001 to 2010. He became shift lead for two plants and stayed until the second ethanol plant was operational. Don then fulfilled his dream of opening his own gunsmithing business, “Peterson Gunworks.” In 2006, Don married Marilyn Evers. A year later, they adopted three children — Carla, age 7; Ariel, 5; and Zoe, 3 — from Texas Waiting Children and moved to Mankato. Don was a man of faith and will be remembered for his sweet, gentle personality, creativeness and ability to do most anything, or learn how to do it. He enjoyed reading and collecting books, his favorite subjects being faith, mental and physical wellness and gunsmithing. He also enjoyed dancing, taking lessons for swing and disco; and playing cards, especially pinochle with family. He also maintained his physical health with healthy eating and daily exercise. His greatest passion was hunting, trapping, fishing and the outdoors. He also enjoyed having his miniature labra-doodles tag along with him. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Peterson of Comfrey; daughters, Sarah Olsen of Bismarck, N.D.; Carla, Ariel and Zoe Peterson of Comfrey; two grandsons; and a sister, Margie Peterson of Bismarck, N.D.


Harris P. Franz

Harris P. Franz, 88, of New Ulm died Oct. 29, 2021, at his home in New Ulm. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., at Oakwood Church in New Ulm. Visitation will be held Dec. 4 at the church for one hour prior to the service. Harris was born Jan. 16, 1933, to Peter and Mary Franz in Mt. Lake. He attended country school until eighth grade, then attended and graduated from Mt. Lake High School in 1951. In 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Menken. They lived in Wichita, Kan., for three years before moving to Windom, where he worked for Hiebert Electric. In 1970, Harris and Lorraine moved to New Ulm, where he began working for ServiceMaster. Harris will be remembered for his love for the Lord. He was preceded in death by sisters, Wilma (David) Krause and Marcella (Abe) Wiehe; and brothers, Willard (Marlys) Franz and Harlan Franz, in infancy. Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; daughters, Sheryl (DeVon) Esau and Kathy (Frank) Majeske; sons, Scott (Patti) Franz and Tim Franz; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren


Cleo E. Friesen

Dorothy Jean (Gosen) Redding, age 85, formerly of Mankato, passed away on Oct. 17, 2021. Preceded in death by husband, Robert, Sr.; and son, Robert, Jr.; parents, Jacob and Sarah Gosen; and seven brothers and sisters. Survived by daughter, Sandra; granddaughters, Lauren (Paetznick) DiPilato and Maret (Paetznick) Bondorew; sons-in-law, Joseph DiPilato and Jeffrey Bondorew; great-grandchildren: Grace, Aria and Ava DiPilato and Wesley Bondorew; sisters, Louise (Gosen) Sawatsky and Darlene (Gosen) Forbrook; and countless relatives and friends. Visitation begins at 9 a.m., Nov. 6, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Both held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 222 Pfau St., Mankato. Private, immediate family-only, interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Windom. Please share a memory of Dorothy with her family and view her service livestreamed at www. mankatomortuary.com.