Ten Mile Lake Association
Obituaries 2016

Remembering our Ten Mile Lake Friends...2016


Charles Frederick Hamsa

Charles (Chuck) Frederick Hamsa (78) passed away peacefully at home in Cedar Park, Texas with his loving family close by on Monday, November 28, 2016. He was born on July 17, 1938 to William R. Hamsa, Sr. and Anna Marie Brodegaard Hamsa in Omaha, Nebraska.

Chuck grew up in Nebraska, graduating from Benson High in 1957. Most of his summers were spent at his favorite cabin on Ten Mile Lake in Hackensack, Minnesota. He attended the University of Omaha until he joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed most of his service in Japan. He returned and finished his B.S. in History in 1964. He met his wife, Sara shortly before he graduated and they were married on June 11, 1966 in Tecumseh, Nebraska.

After they married Chuck attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and obtained a M.S. in Latin American History in January 1969 and then a M.S. in Library Science from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas in August of 1969.

In the fall of 1969 Chuck accepted a position at the University of Southwest Louisiana (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in Dupre Library. He served as Acquisition Librarian for many years then worked in the Reference Department until his retirement in 1999. In 2007 Chuck and Sara moved to Cedar Park, Texas to be closer to their son and his family.

Chuck’s interests were many and varied. He was involved with the organizing of the Acadian Village in Lafayette, member at Grace Presbyterian Church (Lafayette) where he was a Deacon/Elder, blacksmithing at the Village, member of the Masonic Order, being “Papa Noel” for many years in both Louisiana and on the Austin Steam Train in Texas in his special outfit, and a member of Hope Presbyterian Church. He was also an avid supporter of Living History attending many rendezvous around the country for over 20 years. He played the accordion for many years with small groups. He was on the Cedar Park Tourist Board when the Veteran’s Park was started. He co-authored several books with his mentor Dr. Norman Heard. His love of life was a treasure and he lived it to the end.

Chuck and Sara were blessed with one son Michael Boyden Hamsa and daughter-in-law Julie Richison Hamsa, three beautiful grandchildren, Emily Nicole, Matthew William, and Amanda Katherine. Chuck is survived his wife, son, one brother William R. Hamsa Jr., seven nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please send donation to your favorite charity in his memory.


Beverly A. Reiss

Beverly Ann Riess, 70, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Memorial services will be held at 11 a. m. Monday, August 29, 2016 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines followed by a lunch reception and gathering of family and friends.

Beverly was born December 26, 1945, in Sheldon, Iowa to Marshall and Maureen ( Wilcoxon) Wynn. Growing up in Iowa, Beverly happily spent her teenage years in Monticello. With her winning smile and vibrant spirit she was a natural leader in community and school activities, including leading the band with her flaming baton.

Her adventurous spirit led her to the University of Northern Colorado where she earned her undergraduate degree in education. She taught in Nevada before returning to Iowa to teach second grade at Malcolm Price Laboratory School and earned her Master’s Degree in education at the University of Northern Iowa.

Bev married the love of her life Bill Riess in 1978. Soon after, they moved to the Boston area where they made lifelong friends. In 1991 they moved back to Des Moines and Bev returned to her greatest passion, education. She was selected as the Student Teaching Coordinator for UNI where she placed student teachers in Des Moines classrooms. Educators throughout Iowa will fondly remember their wise, caring and supportive mentor. She lent her many gifts to UNI, notably her work with the Alumni Association and leading a campaign for the University of Northern Iowa Foundation. In 2013 she received the distinguished Alumni Service Award from UNI.

Bev and Bill loved spending their summers at 10 Mile Lake in Minnesota and winters at Trilogy in Gilbert, Arizona, surrounded by family and friends. The consummate hostess, Bev gathered her neighbors and friends for conversation, connections and laughter. With boundless energy and impeccable style, she brought out the best in every organization, student teacher, group and friendship that she touched. Above all, Bev loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren, Luke and Allie.

Beverly is survived by her husband, Bill Riess and daughter, Jennifer ( Tim) Lundberg; grandchildren Luke and Allie of Des Moines; sisters, Marlene Behn of Cedar Falls and Colleen Bowers of Mason City; and three generations of nieces and nephews. And she loved them all.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, brothers in law, Parke Behn and Bud Bowers and nephew, Brock Behn. Heaven gained the most beautiful angel today.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the University of Northern Iowa Foundation or to Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines.

Information provided by Maggie McGill


Charles L. Krueger

Charles Lee Krueger, age 72 of Andover and Hackensack, Minnesota, passed away surrounded by his family on August 22, 2016. Charles was preceded in death by his parents Roland and Delma Krueger.

Chuck is survived by his sister Katie; wife Nancy; children Nicole (Chris), Aaron (Jill); grandchildren Blake, McKenzie, Lilli, Madison, and Myah.

Chuck will long be remembered for his fish fries that coincided with Harry Rhodes pig roasts on Foresman Point. Chuck is also remembered by many of his Ten Mile friends and neighbors as an avid fisherman, hunter and a person that cared much about Ten Mile Lake, its history and its future.

Chuck served on the Ten Mile Lake board throughout the years and will always be thought of as a compassionate giver of his time for the betterment of Ten Mile Lake.

A celebration of life event for Chuck will be held at the Hackensack American Legion on September 10, 2016 at noon. We love you Chuck, you will be missed by many, but we know you are now fishing on the best lake there is on the waters of heaven!

Information provided by Kari Ann Kather


Mary Jo Holte

Mary Jo Holte, 81, a resident of Bettendorf, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children, Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa. Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Jo were at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2016, at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Burial was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Davenport.

Mary Jo Burke was born June 8, 1935, in Oelwein, Iowa, to Harold J. and Dorothy (Struckman) Burke. Mary Jo graduated from ICA in 1953, and went on to Clarke College in Dubuque and received her RN degree from the University of Iowa. She was united in marriage to Dr. James A. Holte, April 11, 1959, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport. He preceded her in death February 10, 2002.

Mary Jo was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer and friend to many. She had worked as an RN for Dr. A. Swearingen at the Bettendorf Medical Center for many years. She was a lifelong supporter of the University of Iowa, a member of Friends of VanderVeer, PEO (Chapter LM), and Questers. She was a master gardener, and past volunteer at the Festival of Trees and delivered Meals on Wheels. She loved gardening, fishing, playing bridge, traveling and entertaining, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends, especially at her second home on the north shore of Ten Mile Lake in Hackensack, Minnesota.

She was an avid fisherwoman and loved spending time on Ten Mile in search of walleyes and listening to the loons. Her beloved yellow lab, Babe, would sometimes keep her company on her fishing expeditions. Some of you may remember Mary Jo as the woman who walked on County 50 with the dog who carried her own leash.

Mary Jo is survived by her children; two daughters, Tracy (Jon) Wright of Hackensack, MN, and Katherine (Nicholas) Romano of Ackworth, IA; two sons, James B. (Julie) Holte of Coralville, IA, and Daniel (Deborah) Holte of Kirksville, MO; ten grandchildren, Dillon and Jake Wright, David, Andrew and Ryan Holte, Nicholas James Romano and Michael Romano, Nathaniel, Kallie and Cohen Holte; and two brothers; Patrick (Nannette) Burke, Chandler, AZ, and Mike (Amie) Burke, Gilbert, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. May they rest in peace.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Mary Jo’s obituary at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home.


Stanley Skaug

Stanley Skaug was born on December 2, 1921 and passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. Stanley was a resident of Omaha, Nebraska at the time of his passing. He was married to Norma. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park with military honors by Benson VFW Post 2503. Memorials are suggested to Ten Mile Lake Association or Dartmouth College.

(Information from Tributes.com)



George J. Benesh

George Jerome Benesh, age 90, of Port Edwards, WI passed away at home surrounded by family on Monday, July 11, 2016.

A private service will be held at a later date. Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home of Nekoosa is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at ritchayfuneralhome.com.

George was born on July 15, 1925 in Walker, MN while his parents, George Sr. and Anna (Brotten) Benesh, were on vacation. George graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis in 1943 before being drafted into the U.S. Navy the same year. As part of The Pacific Theater, he was involved in 2 battles: The invasion of Okinawa on Easter 1945 and the Liberation of the Philippines. He returned home in May 1946 and on August 3, 1946, George married his high school sweetheart, Irene Brinda (he nicknamed her Jo). August 3, 2016 would have been their 70th wedding anniversary.

George attended The University of Minnesota on the GI Bill. He graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree in 1950.

George worked at Flambeau Paper Division in Park Falls, WI from 1950-1959 as a Maintenance Superintendent. For the next 31 years from 1960 to the time he retired, George was Executive Vice President of Nekoosa Corporation in Nekoosa, WI, working with and enjoying "good people".

George's deep loves were: his family, his cabin on Ten Mile Lake near Hackensack, MN (the site of 3 major birthday parties), sailing, model trains and reading.

George claims "I am a lucky man" because of my beautiful wife Jo, 2 wonderful daughters, Linda (Douglas) Gremban and Amy (David) Rasmussen and proud grandchildren, Jeffrey (Meghan) Gremban, Matthew (Xin) Rasmussen, Michael (Kristin) Gremban, Megan Rasmussen and Nicholas Gremban, plus 6 special great grandchildren, Spencer, Abbie, Hunter, Nora, William and Martin.

George was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Gladys and Frances, and niece Ana Mae.

The family would like to thank his physicians, for their excellent and supportive care: Wadad Ailabouni, Roy Brandell, Pamela Littles and Anna Olson. Also thanks to his sweet Hospice nurses from Ministry Home Care: Sam, Sasha, Stephanie,Barbie and Daisy. And special thanks to his constant companion, Winston.

Dear Dad, You are our North Star, never changing, always there guiding us, grounding us, giving us light and hope. We can always count on you to be there for us, shining bright and beautiful. Love, Linda and Amy.

Information provided by Marty McCleery


Jack K. Lewis, M.D.

Jack K. Lewis, age 82, of Omaha NE passed away June 20, 2016. Survived by wife of 56 years, Kathy Lewis; sons John and Todd, daughter Cindy (Liekhus), sister Judy Bachman, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Lewis attended Stanford University in California and played quarterback there. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1960. He practiced medicine in Omaha NE with his father Raymond, who retired in 1987. He also worked with Dr Sam Watson who retired at the end of 1999. After Watson retired Lewis’ son John, a physician assistant became his partner.

Jack Lewis was as well known for his community service as he was for his medical practice. He served 12 years on the Westside school board and worked with the Omaha Police Foundation, The Omaha Sports Hall of Fame, the Great Plains Amateur Boxing board and many other civic organizations.

He was a longtime Omaha Central High School booster and served as it’s sports team doctor for more than 50 years. He was physician to the old Omaha Knights hockey team, at the Ak-Sar-Ben horse track, and at a variety of events at the Civic Auditorium. He was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Omaha Hall of Fame in 2013.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said he had tremendous respect for Lewis due to his hard work and generous philanthropy while working with the Omaha Police Foundation.

He practiced medicine until a month ago. He recently became ill, and died June 20th of complications from surgery. Lewis’ wife Kathy said he had enthusiasm and energy for many activities. “He enjoyed being a doctor most of all,” she said.

The Lewis family had a summer cabin on the north shore of Ten Mile Lake.

Information provided by Kay White and Omaha World Herald newspaper

(Information provided by Kay White and the Omaha World-Herald.)

Floyd Albert Borchert

Floyd Albert Borchert, 85, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the VA Extended Care Center in St. Cloud, MN.

A funeral service was held April 11 at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker. Pastor Matthew McMasters officiated. Interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN.

Floyd was born Dec. 8, 1930, to Fred and Esther (Gish) Borchert in Federal Dam, MN. He grew up there and attended Federal Dam School, then worked in farming, at a sawmill, and as a guide on Leech Lake. He served in the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

After the war, he worked in construction as a carpenter and eventually as owner/operator of Northern Master Builders.

On May 15, 1958, Floyd married Mildred Runyan in Geneva, Ill. They lived their lives together in Federal Dam, Walker and Hackensack, raising a family of three children. Their Hackensack home was on the shore of Long’s Bay of Ten Mile Lake. Floyd and Millie were active members of the community and were frequently seen together anywhere there was music.

Floyd had a talent for pickin’ and grinnin’ guitar and mandolin, and liked to fish, hunt and travel. He enjoyed people and loved to visit at every opportunity. He was a dedicated lifelong member of the Walker American Legion. He will be fondly missed.

Survivors include sons, Melvin (Patti) Borchert, Ronald (Larissa) Borchert; daughter, Dori Foster; “the other oldest son,” Robert Winkler; seven grandchildren, Melissa, Greggory, Kimberly, Douglas, Emil, Rani and Lee; three great-grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Abigail and Joshua; two brothers, Fred Borchert and Wesley Borchert; two sisters, Margie Conway and Francis Johnson; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Esther; wife, Millie; and one sister, Florence.

(Information was obtained from the Walker Pilot-Independent, April 20, 2016.)


Gary Youngdahl

Gary Youngdahl, age 68, of Hackensack, died peacefully at his beloved home on Ten Mile Lake surrounded by his family just after sunset on March 28th, 2016.

He was a warrior, patient teacher, expert fisherman, loyal friend to many, devoted husband of 46 years, the best dad that two girls could ask for, and a man who made it easy to know which of life’s paths to follow.

Gary is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Lisa (Tim) Rounds, Toni (Paul) Palecek; grandchildren, Isaac, Luke, Lexi, Nolan; mother-in-law, Oney Flakne; brother-in-law, Dale Flakne; nieces and nephews; and Jigs, his loyal dog. A memorial service was held on April 9 at the Evans-Nordby Funeral Home. Brooklyn Center, MN.

(Information provided by Marilyn Hultgren)


Dwight A. Lincoln

Dwight A. Lincoln, 83, of St. Louis Park, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 5, 2016. He was preceded in death by parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adelbert Lincoln (Fairmont, MN). Survived by wife of 63 years, Betty; daughters, Ramona Lincoln and DeAnna Baker (Jeff); sons, Timothy (Laura), Michael (Renee), Brad (Denise) and Eric (Jackie); 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren.

(Information from the Minneapolis StarTribune)




Donald L. Buck

Donald Lionel Buck of Edina completed his life on January 27, 2016, passing away peacefully in the company of his family. He was born June 23, 1925, in Minneapolis. His plan was to reach age 90, but when he heard his granddaughter was getting married in October, he wanted to be able to dance with her at her wedding. He lived to accomplish both and so much more in his 90 1/2 years.

His parents were Merle Lionel and Irene Adelaide (Nelson) Buck. He grew up in South Minneapolis, earned his Eagle Scout Award, and served in the Air Force-just missing a deployment with the end of WWII. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1949 with a degree in Business. He began his career at First National Bank, working first in Northfield and later in Sioux Falls.

While attending his home church one Sunday he noticed an attractive woman in the choir. One thing led to another and he married that young blonde, Mary Virginia Thorvig, on October 7, 1950.

Family was Don's treasure. He spent every moment he could with his family, enjoying their presence and making them laugh. He often marveled at the wonderful result of that day he saw Mary singing in the choir: four children and their spouses, Steve (Sally, late wife Kathie), Greg (Lisa), David (Jenny), Brenda (Tim). Seven grandchildren, Kimberly (Andy, and their children -Brooklyn and Braden), Chris (Danne); Paul, Madeline (Matthew); Riley, Griffin; Tyler. Don enjoyed bringing the family together around a fire in the fireplace with waffles on the table, both at their Edina home and the beloved family cabin on Ten Mile Lake.

Don also worked at General Mills and later as comptroller at Research, Inc. before starting an engineering company, Data Myte. He consulted at several firms, started RotoCarve, and taught a course on Entrepreneurship at St. Thomas University, before retiring in 1994. Don was an active member of Normandale Lutheran Church in Edina, where he maintained close friendships with the members of their "Small Group," relished singing in the choir, and served as a Stephen minister. Wherever he went, he always had a twinkle in his eye and a warm greeting for every interaction.

Don's favorite word was "bountiful," which he proclaimed after each joyful family gathering to show his appreciation for a life surrounded by dear family and friends. It certainly was a bountiful life.

The family offers special gratitude to Fairview Southdale Hospital, Presbyterian Homes in Bloomington, N.C. Little Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to: Normandale Lutheran Church in support of the choirs or the Normandale Lutheran Church Foundation.

Contributed by David Buck


Dr. Stanley C. Benbrook

Dr. Stan Benbrook, 96, of Ames, passed away January 20, 2016 at Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames. A memorial service was held in Ames.

Stanley Clayton Benbrook was born February 27, 1919 to Edward Antony and Jessie Clayton (Whittle) Benbrook in Ames, Iowa. He married Alice Jane Stallings on October 3, 1944, his loving wife of 64 years. He graduated Iowa State College with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1949, and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1944 during WWII. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1971, retiring with the rank of Lt. Col. During his time in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, he received an Army Commendation Medal for work on wound care, a Meritorious Service Medal for work in tropical diseases, an Air Force Unit of Commendation for research at Walter Reed, and a Reserve Medal for 30 years service in the Army Reserves. In retirement Stan was active in committees both at Green Hills and in the Ten Mile Lake Association in Minnesota. In later life Stan continued to enjoy the company of friends and family and religiously kept track of his beloved ISU sports teams.

His most enjoyable and lifelong hobby was wood-working. He made unique canes constructed from Minnesota wood that he gave to family and friends. He had an eye for beauty and enjoyed carving intricate geometric patterns into small wooden card or jewelry boxes. Before he lost a vocal chord in surgery, Stan loved to sing. He could often be heard singing a solo in church or belting one out at home just for the joy of it. Stan had a great sense of humor, and was a wonderful story teller, relating colorful events about people he knew and enjoyed all through his life. He spent every summer with family at his beloved Ten Mile Lake.

Above all, Stan loved his country, and was proud to be an Iowan, especially an Iowan from Ames. He strove to uphold the traditional American values that he believed in and cherished.

Stan is survived by his daughter, Susan (Mahmood) Seyala of Silver Spring, Md.; his grandsons, Layth (Suzanne) Seyala and Nazar Seyala; and great-grandsons, Caleb and Aidan. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jane; and his sister, Kathryn (Benbrook) Lapp.

(Information provided by Susan Seyala)