McKay, Gary 66

Gary McKay passed away at his home in Cokato on May 26, 2016. Gary was 66 years old. He graduated from Cokato Public School where he excelled in baseball, football and basketball. He also played for the Dassel-Cokato Saints baseball team for many years.

Gary was an avid sports fan. He loved to play golf as well as his guitar. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Gary is survived by his mother Fern, sister Vicki and brother Barry.

At his request, there will not be a funeral or memorial service.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 320-286-2534,


Robertson, Wesley David 86

Wesley “Wes” Robertson, passed away at home in Cokato on 5/20/2016.
Funeral Service: 11 AM Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Stockholm Lutheran Church, South of Cokato
Visitation: 1hr prior to service at the church
Interment: Church Cemetery.




Boll, Timothy Myron 45

Boll, Timothy Myron
The beloved son of Myron and Cleo Boll of Howard Lake passed away suddenly but peacefully in his sleep at their home in the early morning hours on Sat., May 14, 2016, and into the arms of Jesus. He was found with his open Bible at his side.

He is survived by his daughter Destiny of Otsego, MN, his parents Myron and Cleo Boll of Howard Lake, sister Lisa (Boll) Coleman and brother-in-law Cavil, and nephew Andrew Coleman of Monroe, Virginia, grandmother Marian Boll of Watertown, MN and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and multitude of friends.

Tim loved helping his dad on the farm and always looked forward to his weekend getaways to Lanesboro, MN to help his mother. Tim was known for his hard work ethic while at a John Deere dealership and also as a diesel mechanic. He was a John Deere fanatic; enjoyed grilling out, keeping up with his friends and family on Facebook and spending time watching NASCAR with his precious daughter, Destiny.

He will be sadly missed by all. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Elim Mission Church in Cokato, MN with visitation from 10-11 a.m. and service beginning at 11 am at the church. Memorials preferred to New Life in Christ Ministries PO Box 456 Clearwater, MN 55320. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake MN, 320-543-3401,


Birkholz, Gene D. 68

Gene Birkholz of Howard Lake, passed away at Good Samaritan Center on 5/11/2016.
Funeral Service: 1 PM Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at St. Johns Lutheran Church of Howard Lake
Visitation: 4-8 PM Monday at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, and 1hr prior to service at church on Tuesday
Prayer Service: 7:30 PM Monday at the Funeral Home
Interment St. Paul’s Cemetery of Lester Prairie.

Gene David Birkholz, age 68, of Howard Lake, MN, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at The Good Samaritan Society of Howard Lake.
Gene was born on November 10,1947 at home in Lester Prairie during an early winter snowstorm to Herman and Esther Birkholz. Gene was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Lester Prairie and graduated from Lester Prairie high School in 1965.
After graduation Gene proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany where he attained the rank of SP5 and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
Gene had many occupations. From mechanic, to inside sales, to bookkeeping, but his most rewarding occupation was as a van driver for HLWW School where he transported his special students with kindness and compassion.
Gene loved all sports. He was a four sport athlete in high school playing football, basketball, baseball and track. He then played basketball and baseball for the US Army in Germany. After returning from the service, he played on many amateur baseball and softball teams. He was also an avid golfer and coached several softball and baseball teams, the most recent being the Winsted Wildcats. He also loved watching sports; his favorite teams being Gophers, Twins, Yankees, Vikings and Wild. Gene was a walking talking sports encyclopedia. He always wished he could have been a sports announcer but his aversion to pronouncing names correctly may have gotten him in trouble.
Gene was an active member of American Legion Post 145 where he served in various capacities.
Gene was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, sister Marjal Prehn, and niece Tricia Dammann. He is survived by: his loving wife of 17 years Teri Doering. Children; Terrese (Chad) Norman, Rebecca Birkholz, Tammy (Wayne) Thompson, Jessica (Joe) Keating, and Josh Doering. Grandchildren: Jessica (Karl), Jordan, Joscelyn, DeJuan, Courtney, Mason, Olivia, Ivy, Arianna, and Noah. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Betty (Lowell) Wolff, Gordon (Doreen) Birkholz, Doris (Chester) Dammann, Joyce (Larry) Heuer, Robert (Nancy) Birkholz and brother-in-law Glenn Prehn, as well as many nieces and nephews and friends.


Peterson, Gladys B. 85

Gladys passed away at Cokato Manor on May 10, 2016.
Memorial Service: 11 AM Monday, May 16, 2016 at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato
Visitation: 4-8 PM Sunday, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and 1 hour prior to service at church on Monday. Prayer service 7:30 PM Sunday at the Funeral Home.
Interment: Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery.

Gladys B. Peterson was born on the family farm in Middleville Township of Wright County Minnesota on January 28, 1931, to Fred and Alvina (Reek) Buttenhoff. She grew up on the farm one of 11 children and graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1949.
In 1951 Gladys married Donald Peterson at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. The couple made their home in Cokato where they raised their family. Gladys worked from 1968-1991 at Dura Supreme.
Gladys enjoyed entertaining and having coffee with her friends and neighbors. She was a very giving person and volunteered often in the community at: the Red Cross blood mobile, Cokato Charitable Trust, and meals on wheels. She was very active in her church, Evangelical Lutheran of Cokato, and gave her time to WELCA, the alter guild, quilting and where ever she could be of service.
Gladys passed away at Cokato Manor on May 10, 2016. She had reached the age of 85 years, 3 months and 12 days.
Survivors include her children: Connie (Joey) Berg of Howard Lake, Mike (Theresa) of Montrose, Carla (Robert) Chesley of Mankato, Carol (Bruce) Jones of Mankato.
Grandchildren; Jami (Sarah) Berg, Cari (Joe) Backes, Candice (Brendan) Dolan, Christopher (Amy) Peterson, Natasha Peterson, Paula Chesley, Lisa Chesley, Brian Chesley, Mariah Chesley, Hannah Jones, Evan Jones, Sophia Jones. 9 great grandchildren.
Brothers and sisters; Leonard (Jeanette) Buttenhoff, Lorraine Fiet, Raymond (Ramona) Buttenhoff, Otto (Virginia) Buttenhoff, Lucille Kraemer, Garland (Ruth) Buttenhoff.
Gladys is preceded in death by her husband, Donald, parents Fred and Alvina Buttenhoff, Brothers and sisters: Ardis Buttenhoff, Edna Beauregard, Lila Chapman, and Melvin Buttenhoff.

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