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Curtis Feil

Curtis Feil age 62, of M. Lake died on Oct. 3, 2021, at Windom Area Health. Service was held at the Trinity Lutheran Church-Mt. Lake, on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. Visitation was Saturday at the church beginning at 1:30 p.m., until service time. The clergy was Pastor David G. Fretham. Interment was at the Mt. Lake City Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. Curtis Robert “Curt” Feil was born on Nov. 5, 1958, in Mt. Lake to Robert and Marilyn (Ibeling) Feil. He attended Mt. Lake Public Schools, graduating in 1977, then attended Minnesota State University Mankato, graduating in 1982 with a degree in construction management while also continuing to work with his father and uncles at Feil Brothers’ Builders. He returned to Mt. Lake to work as a boiler operator at Land O’Lakes and then as a die caster at Toro. One spring afternoon, he met Brenda Dubbels, a new teacher in town, while he tended his garden in the backyard of his parents’ rental where she resided. They married on Aug. 13, 1983, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Northfield. He was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Lake, serving as a Sunday School teacher and youth group leader. He also served as a leader of the Loyal Lakers/ Carson Climbers 4-H Club and was a member of the county 4-H board. As an athlete, Curt enjoyed football and basketball, but his real success came as a runner. He had an outstanding running career in high school cross country and track, setting numerous records while competing on several state qualifying teams. Also, competing at the collegiate level at MSU, he was a member of a national qualifying cross country team. Known for his quickwit, keen sense of humor and being fashionably late, Curt found enjoyment in enthusiastically following his children’s sports careers (especially track), spending time with his beloved grandchildren, gardening, raising chickens, hunting, fishing, varied building projects that didn’t always get finished and, in recent years, watching Gunsmoke and other old Western shows. He carried on the tradition of cooking, that ran in his family, specializing in his dad’s oven-baked chicken and his special chocolate chip cookies. Curt passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening, Oct. 3, 2021, at Windom Area Health. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Feil of Mt. Lake; his son, Reid (Haley) Feil of Jeffers; and daughter, Kaitlin Feil of St. Louis Park; grandchildren: Maverick, Kutler, Bridger, BrynLee, Bexley and Bellamie; his mother, Marilyn Feil; stepfather, Leroy Peterson; his siblings: Blake Feil of Mt. Lake and Alison (Dean) Christians of Bloomington; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, aunt, uncles and parents-in-law.


Kyle McNeal

Kyle McNeal, 27, of Sterling, Colo., formerly of Mt. Lake, died Sept. 13, 2021, in Sterling. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 4 p.m., at Heritage Village in Mt. Lake. Kyle Dean McNeal was born March 1, 1994, to Brandon McNeal and Randee (Ringham) Berg in Waterloo, Iowa. He grew up in Mt. Lake and was baptized at First Lutheran Church in St. James. As a child, he enjoyed playing Candyland and Battleship. His favorite drink was strawberry milk and he loved rock and roll music. He also enjoyed playing video games, reading, relaxing and drawing. He also enjoyed being with good company and the people he loved. He graduated from Fairmont High School in 2012 and worked many different jobs. Kyle was blessed with four children: Leila Macho and Mira McNeal (mother, Sam Macho), Rae Rathman (mother Breanna Rathman) and Ivy Gunther- McNeal (mother Taylor Gunther). He was preceded in death by his father, Brandon McNeal. In addition to his four daughters, Kyle is survived by his mother, Randee Berg; step-father, Robert Berg; sisters, Ashley McNeal and Lola Berg; brother, William Berg; step-siblings, Joey Berg, Emily Sites, Angie Bowles and Kirsten Jensen.


Fred A Wall

On Sept. 29, Fred A Wall, age 73, passed on to his eternal heavenly home after handling his illness of Multiple System Atrophy for many years with grace, dignity, his sense of humor and his signature smile. Fred lived a life devoted to education in his roles of teacher, counselor, principal, superintendent and college professor. His favorite part of each of his jobs was the interaction with students, no matter the age. He loved challenging them and watching them grow. In decision-making situations, he was often heard saying, “What’s best for kids?” He enjoyed learning as well and earned multiple graduate degrees at the University of Minnesota. He earned his PhD at the University of Colorado Denver. Fred greatly enjoyed outdoor adventures with his family. They camped throughout the USA and Canada. He also skied, backpacked and climbed fourteeners. He loved spending time by the ocean — it was his favorite place. It was exciting for him and Sharon to take long-distance motorcycle trips, including to the West Coast, up and down the Mississippi River and around Lake Superior. They also treasured trips to Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Israel and Mexico, often traveling with his childhood friend, Gene Bartsch, and his wife, Phyllis. After growing up in Bingham Lake, and completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Mankato, he married Sharon (Regehr) whom he had met at a church fundraiser after his junior year in high school. A year after getting married, Fred and Sharon spent two years teaching in Port au Bras, Newfoundland, Canada where their son, Corey, was born. Their experiences there with both children and adults were never forgotten. Upon their return to Minnesota, Fred attended the University of Minnesota and then spent 10 years in the Hudson, Wis. school district, during which time their daughter Sharra was born. In 1984, they moved to Woodland Park, Colo., where Fred served as principal, director of curriculum, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools. In 1997, he accepted the Roaring Fork School District superintendent position in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and served there until his retirement in 2006. He spent subsequent years as an adjunct professor at Colorado Mesa University, thoroughly enjoying teaching future school administrators. In 2018, he and Sharon moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in order to better navigate his physical limitations from MSA. He was so appreciative of the many visits from friends and family during these last years, many of whom gave of themselves to provide meals, music and help with various household needs. Known as Grandpa and Bapa, he loved being with his family: son Corey Wall, daughter-in-law Emily Wall, and granddaughters AnnaCaroline, Helen Josephine and Lucy Louisa of Douglas, Alaska; and daughter Sharra Liptack, son-inlaw Leonard Liptack and grandchildren Josiah, Asher and Evangeline of Spring Grove. He loved traveling, camping, playing and just being with them. He is also survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon (Regehr) Wall. Other survivors include sisterin- law, Bernice Wall; nephews: Bing (Mary Sue) Wall, Chip (Diane) Wall, Phil (Karen) Wall, Tim Wall, Tom Wall and Ian Wall; and nieces Cindi (Craig) Van Ausdall and Pamela (Rory) Anderson. He considered his wife Sharon’s siblings, spouses, nieces and nephews as his own and spent many holidays and special occasions with them. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shawnya; parents, Fred and Anna Wall; brothers: Milton, Merle and Delbert Wall; and sisters-in-law, Carol and Janna Wall. His family would like to express their gratitude to the HopeWest hospice personnel who cared for him faithfully with kindness, humor and expertise — particularly Bobby, Brittny and Teresa. Fred gave in death as he gave in life and donated his organs to Mayo Clinic Department of Neurology for the study of central degenerative autonomic disorders. A Celebration of Life will be held Nov. 6, 11 a.m., at Mountain View Church in Glenwood Springs, Colo. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Fred’s memory may make donations to HopeWest of Grand Junction, Colo., or their favorite charity.


James E. Lewis

James Edgar Lewis was born in West Clarksville, N.Y., on Dec. 30, 1936. He entered his eternal reward on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, after a sudden illness. His parents were Malcolm “Wally” and Thelma (Windsor) Lewis. His siblings were Malcolm Jr. “Mac,” Patricia and Mary. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at age 9 and later dedicated his life to Christian service. From West Clarksville, he moved to Cody, Wyo., during his eighth grade year and graduated from Cody High School. He attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., where he met his partner for life and ministry — Arlene Quiring. He graduated with a secondary education degree and was an administrator and/or teacher at Christian schools in Mt. Lake; Wichita, Kan.; Huron, S.D.; Owatonna; Enid, Okla.; and Sioux City, Iowa. He and Arlene taught at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna for 15 years. He developed the teacher education program and oversaw hundreds of student teachers during the years he served there. He was also the yearbook advisor for most of these schools. He also taught in public schools in Huron, S.D., Enid, Okla., and his last venture was at the College Center in South Sioux City, Neb., as an English as a Second Language teacher. He was active in leadership in each of the churches he was a member and was passionate about teaching biblical content in historical context — the very thing he was doing before he became ill. He was a perpetual learner having gotten his master’s degree in education administration, doing coursework in curriculum and instruction, taking Bible courses and studying various historical events of the 1860s. As a true Patriot, he was active in the political process from local to national elections, including being an election site chairperson. He loved attending various musical performances locally, as well as programs at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Arlene; his sister, Mary (Eddie) West; three children: Brenda, Barry (Cheri) and Bethamy Lewis (Vince Carrig); two grandchildren, Rachel (Ethan) Wedekind and James (Sarah) Carrig; two great-granddaughters; nine nieces and nephews, their spouses and their children. Viewing with the family was from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday evening, Sept. 17, at the Morningside Meyer Brothers Chapel, Sioux City, Iowa, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. The funeral was at Central Baptist Church, 4001 Outer Drive, Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. Interment was in Mt. Lake City Cemetery at 4 p.m., Saturday. Memorials will be collected by the family for distribution to various Christian endeavors


Melvin Hooge

Melvin Hooge, 94, of Mt. Lake died Sept. 15, 2021. He was a resident of Oak Terrace in Mankato. Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 5 to 7 p.m., at Sturm Funeral Home, Mt. Lake Chapel. Graveside services and interment will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m., at Cornerstone Cemetery (formerly EMB). Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake is handling the funeral arrangements. Melvin Roy Hooge was born May 31, 1927, to Abraham and Helen (Derksen) Hooge at a farm near Windom. He was the Hooges’ eldest son. Melvin attended Windom High School. He was married to Martha (Thiessen) Hooge for 55 years until her death in 2003. He has been married to Ethel (Solomonson) Hooge for 17 years. He loved farming, tending his own farm for eight years and helping local farmers with plowing and harvesting for many years. Melvin also worked at The Toro Company in Windom for 35 years, ending his career there as a quality inspector. He and his family were members of Mt. Lake Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church (now Cornerstone Fellowship), where he enjoyed singing, worshipping his Lord and Savior and serving as an usher for 60 years. He enjoyed woodworking, carving and assembling wooden models and toys. He also was a regular at area auctions, collecting depression glass and other valuables for his Hooge Antiques Shop. In addition to his first wife Martha, Melvin was preceded in death by his brothers: Vernard, Willard and Edgar. Survivors include his wife, Ethel; daughters: Judy (Randy) Walter of Hutchinson, Kan.; Marilyn (Marty) Mauk of Des Moines, Iowa; and Carol (Bob) Marsh of Kenney, Ill.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, David (Alice) Hooge of Mankato; two sisters-in-law, Lois Hooge and Mary Hooge; and children of his wife, Ethel.