Cowan, James P. 56

Cowan, James P.
age 56, of Waverly, passed away unexpectedly on October 18, 2014. He was born November 18, 1957 in Buffalo, New York to Bernard and Mary Cowan. He served his country in the United States Army for several years. He is survived by his wife, Sharon. A celebration of Jim’s life took place at 2:00 pm. on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Howard Lake Legion.


Kotila, Martin 83

Kotila, Martin
age 83, of Cokato, passed away on October 21, 2014 at St. Cloud Hospital. He was born April 17, 1931 at home in rural Cokato to Oscar and Hilma Kotila. Martin was raised on the family farm and attended country school at Temperance Corner. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in Japan. Returning from the service, he was united in marriage to Joyce Arvola in 1960. This marriage was blessed with one child, Jodi. Martin farmed until he begain his career and hobby as a salesman, whether that was farm implements, vehicles, or brooms. His greatest love was spending time with his family.
Martin is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce, his daughter, Jodi (Jim) Danielson, grandchildren, Katie (Brian) Larson of Cokato, Annika (Marcus) Johnson of Houghton, MI, Brett Danielson of Dickinson, ND, Chase (Cindy) Danielson of Dickinson, ND, and Courtney Danielson of Cokato. Along with 7 great-grandchildren, Maggie, Riina, Brooklyn, Brock, and Ivy Larson, Clay Johnson, and Maverick Danielson. Sister, Impie Olson of Cokato, step-sisters, Alice Schad of South Dakota, and Helen Maza of Oregon.
Preceded in death by, his parents, step-mother, Annie Kotila, siblings, Nels, George, Earl Kotila, Della Erickson, and Linnea Engstrom, along with step-brother Tom Laurilla.
Visitation, Friday, October 24, 2014 from 4-8 pm, and Funeral Service, Saturday, October 25 at 11:00 am, all at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church, Dassel, MN. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com


Mattson, Clayton Marvin 87

Clayton Mattson 87 of Howard Lake, passed away at Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
Memorial Service: 2:00 PM Saturday, October 25, 2014 at St. Johns Lutheran Church of Howard lake
Visitation: 4-7 PM Friday, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Howard Lake and 1 hr prior to service on Saturday at church.

Clayton Marvin Mattson was born on September 20, 1927 in Waverly, Minnesota to Clinton and Alice (Bakeberg) Mattson. He grew up on a farm North of Waverly, and was baptized and confirmed at the Swedesburg Lutheran Church in Marysville Township. In 1945 Clayton graduated from Buffalo High School.
On October 21, 1950 Clayton married Muriel Birkholz at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. The couple lived in Buffalo first and in 1954 bought the farm North of Howard Lake. Clayton farmed and in 1958 started the well drilling business. In 1968 they built Mattson Well at their present location. Clayton retired about 10 years ago.
He enjoyed wood working, golf, hunting and fishing, and enjoyed socializing a the Howard Lake Legion. Most important to Clayton was his family.
Clayton passed away at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center on Saturday, October 18, 2014. He had reached the age of 87 years and 28 days.
Survivors include: his wife Muriel of Howard Lake, children: Nola (Loyal) Staskivige of Loretto, Deborah Herbst of Delano, Kurt Mattson of Howard Lake and Kent Mattson of Howard Lake. Grand children: Forrest Mattson, Nathan Mattson, Jason Herbst, Amber Gruba Mattson, Stephanie Schuman, David Nettleton. Great grandchildren: Dylan, Kasja, Alexa, Kane, Skylor, Devin, Brandon, and Ethan. Brothers: Richard and David and sister Wanda Gilmer. Clayton was preceded in death by his parents and son John.


Hazelton, Robert Joseph 67

Robert Joseph Hazelton, 67, of Howard Lake, Minnesota, passed away early the morning of October 16th, 2014 at his home, after a long fight with a formidable opponent, cancer.

Robert was born November 11, 1946 in Philadelphia, and was raised in Orlando, Florida. He grew up loving athletics, and excelling at many. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he pursued a career in professional boxing. Among the highlights were his fights with George Foreman and Bob Foster, as well as his time as a sparring partner with Joe Frazier. After his boxing career, Robert spent some time as a bodyguard for the bands such as Van Halen and Def Leppard.

During his career in boxing, pressure mounted on Robert to add weight and become more powerful, which lured him into steroid use. Both his legs were amputated as a result. After a long, painful recovery, Robert began speaking to young athletes about the risks of steroid use, helping others to avoid the painful road he followed. Robert did many interviews on the subject, was featured on many national sports programs, and spoke to a Congressional Subcommittee in 2004 while it was considering tighter controls on over-the-counter “pre-cursers” of steroids.

Robert met the love of his life, Valerie Warn, in 1994. Valerie and Robert built a home in Howard Lake, Minnesota, sharing it with a family of loving animals, including Sammy, his beloved dog.

A few years ago Robert, through all his challenges, accomplished one of his proudest achievements—his private pilot’s license. He regretted that he wasn’t able to fly very much after getting it. But maybe, somewhere, right now, he’s flying. Free as a bird…

Robert is survived by many loving family members, including his wife Valerie, Mother, Lara Mae Grantham, Sister, Mary Jo King, nieces and nephews, and his loving pets. He is preceded in death by his father Joseph, and brother, Harry. Services will be held at Bear Creek Lutheran Church, 74727 265th Street, Grand Meadow, Minnesota, on October 25, 2014, at 11 am.


Lauzer, Lorraine J. 85

Memorial Service: 11:00 AM,Saturday, October 18, 2014 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake
Visitation: Begins at 10:00 AM at church on Saturday
Lorraine Jeanette Lauzer passed away at Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center on October 12, 2014

Lorraine Jeanette Lauzer was born July 15, 1929 in Howard Lake, Minnesota the daughter of Albert and Minnie (Schmieg) Drawert. She was a lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake where she was baptized on August 11, 1929 and confirmed in her faith on April 18, 1943.
In 1945, she was married to George Lauzer. Their marriage was blessed with eight children. Together they operated the family farm and lived there until 1970 when they moved into Howard Lake.
On October 12, 2014, while a resident at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center, Lorraine was called to her eternal rest having reached the age of 85 years, 2 months and 27 days.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband George; infant son Richard; son Michael and grandson Joshua.
Lorraine is survived by her children Sharon Hecksel, Dennis (Patricia) Lauzer, LuAnn (Robert) Ryks, James (Renee) Lauzer, David (Kelly) Lauzer, Cheryl (Lee) Hamilton; sisters-in-law Norma Drawert and Fran Lauzer; 23 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

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