Ten Mile Lake Association

Remembering our Ten Mile Lake Friends...2017


Robert O. Rydell

Robert O. Rydell, DDS of Edina, passed away on September 13, 2017 at age 79, surrounded by the love of God and family. Bob was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Wheaton, MN High School in 1956. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1964 and enjoyed practicing oral surgery for 31 years. During his career, he was President of the Minnesota Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and taught at the U of MN dental school.

Bob retired in 1999 and remained physically active, competing in 5K and 10K races along with a half-marathon. Those who loved him appreciated his keen fashion sense and his ability to still fit into the same blackwatch plaid pants he purchased from Justers in 1971.

He was a collector of all things, including letters from Sweden, treasured childhood toys and well-used electrical cords. Bob served on the Adult Education Board of Normandale Lutheran Church and the Ten Mile Lake Association in northern Minnesota. Bob cherished his time with his children and grandchildren at the cabin, tinkering in his workshop, sailing, painting, making jewelry for family members and ending each day on the dock with Jean and a jump in the lake.

Survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Jean; children Liz Bejarano (Steve), Rob Rydell (Beth Finley), Kate Dennison (Tony); grandchildren Eric, Caroline, Jesper, Noah and Tierney; brother Ralph (Kathy), sister Ruth (Norman Johnson) and many dear family and friends. A celebration of Bob's life will be held on Saturday, September 16 (Bob & Jean's 56th wedding anniversary) at 11:00 am, with visitation at 10:00 am, at Normandale Lutheran Church, 6100 Normandale Road, Edina 55436. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials to the church for the benefit of the Adult Education Program, or Ten Mile Lake Association, Inc, PO Box 412, Hackensack, MN 56452, or School of Dentistry/U of MN, Moos Tower, 515 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, 55455.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Wilford "Willie" H. Larson

Wilford (Willie) H. Larson, age 83, of Prior Lake, MN, and in later years Lonsdale, MN, passed away August 18, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born September 29, 1933 to Maylin and Agnes Larson of Backus, MN, where he grew up enjoying the outdoors, fishing and hunting. Willie was married to Monica A. Larson for 49 years. Their special place was the family cabin on Ten Mile Lake.

Willie was loved and will be missed by his children Ann (Steven) Nerud, Kevin Larson, Jeffrey (Kirsten) Larson, Susan (Bill) Styles; his grandchildren Brandon, Nicholas, Julia, Kryst, Kendra; sister Carol Dickey; many other relatives and friends.

Willie is preceded in death by his wife Monica; parents; his siblings Roland Larson, Edna Stenberg; nephew Ross Stenberg.

Ann Nerud

Darlene Heckenbach

Darlene Joy Heckenbach, 87, a summer resident on Chariton Beach, passed away on June 24, 2017. Darlene was born in Libertyville, Illinois to A E (Pop) and Esther (Marander) Johnson. With a small nuclear family, Darlene’s summers were filled with fun with extended family, including Johnson and Idstrom aunts, uncles, and cousins on Ten Mile Lake.

Darlene later shared her love of the lake with her children and her second husband, Alan J. Heckenbach, an avid fisherman. They rented for many years – at Woock’s, from friends in Fernhurst Cove and the nearby area, and at the Illinois Resort, finally purchasing their own cabin on Chariton Beach in 1973, giving their blended family “the Hecken-bunch” a place to call their own on Ten Mile.

Darlene graduated from Milwaukee Downer College, received her Teaching Certification from Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois, and her Master’s Degree in Education from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Darlene was an accomplished learning disabilities tutor for the Ames school district, a tennis instructor for the City of Ames Recreation program, artist, gourmet cook, and hostess for numerous ‘Un-Birthday Parties’ for the children she came to know. Darlene continued tutoring LD students privately, during the school year, after her retirement. She spent her summers at Ten Mile Lake, enjoying the lake and close friendships with her wonderful Ten Mile neighbors and friends, and was especially fond of her “Hiram Loop walks” with her “walking partners”, notably her frequent companion Fran Brandt.

Darlene is survived by the four “Hecken-bunch” children: Al Bates & wife Jane, Karen (Heckenbach) Baldacci & husband Steve, Jeff Bates, Kirsten (Bates) Page & husband Randy, their spouses, and her grandchildren: Allan Bates, Becca Bates, Sara Chaffee-Bates, and Natalie Chaffee-Bates, who remember “Grandma Darlene & Grandpa A. J.” as they continue to enjoy the Chariton Beach place on Ten Mile Lake.

A July 29 service was held in Darlene’s “winter town” of Ames, Iowa.

Donations in Darlene’s memory to the Ten Mile Lake Association would be a lovely way to remember her. Credit Al Bates

Allan E. Bates

Harris Hess

Harris Hess, age 90, of Coon Rapids, IA, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Coo n Rapids with Rev. Joyce Webb officiating. Casket bearers will be Tom Groos, Scott Brus, Joe George, Dave Schroeder, Scott McLaughlin, Bill Johnson, and Reno Doty. Burial will be at Orange Township Cemetery with military honors by the Coon Rapids American Legion.

Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids after 5:00 P.M. on Thursday where there will be a Masonic Memorial Service held at 7:00 P.M. The casket will be moved to the First United Methodist Church at 9:30 A.M. on Friday where visitation will resume until the time of service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids and online condolences may be left at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born on October 8, 1926, in Bagley, IA, he was the son of Roy Forrest and Cletus (Harris) Hess. He grew up in Bagley, IA, where he graduated from high school in 1944. Growing up, his father was a veterinarian and he went on many calls with him. Following high school, Harris enlisted in the United States Navy and served two years on the destroyer USS Bordelon. Following his honorable discharge from the military in 1946, he attended Drake University in Des Moines. Harris was married to Marjorie Ann Thomas on May 15, 1949 at the home of Charles and Bertha Thomas in Coon Rapids. The couple made their home in Bagley where they owned and operated the Bagley Grocery Store. Harris and Marjorie later moved to Coon Rapids where they raised their two sons Charles and Lynk and he owned the Coon Rapids Locker and later became employed by the Garst and Thomas Seed Company.

Harris became involved in banking at Security National Bank in Scranton and Jefferson with the Thomas family, and in the mid 1980’s he acquired the Manilla State Bank. He later opened a location in Denison changing the charter name to The National Bank of Iowa. He then purchased the Farmer’s National Bank in Bayard in 1986.

Harris also considered himself a farmer, and managed a great deal of farming operations over the years. He remained an active businessman in the Coon Rapids Community until the time of his death. Harris was a Board Member of Thomas Rest Haven for over 30 years. He revitalized many business and buildings over the years in Coon Rapids including: the United Methodist Church Parsonage, The Coon Rapids Medical Clinic Building, the American Legion Community Building, the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home, Park View Assisted Living, The First National Bank building, the current Coon Rapids Medical Clinic, the Blanchard Building, the Aztec Restaurant, Vickers Gas Station, the Gruber Building, and many other buildings and homes throughout the community. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids, the Coon Rapids American Legion, Coon Rapids Masonic Lodge which later joined with the Carroll Lodge; and he was a Shriner. Some of Harris’ famous quotes were: “There’s a lid for every pot”, “The golden years aren’t so golden”, and “Make sure you have a hobby”.

Harris’ true passion in life was aviation, earning his pilot’s license in the early 1960’s. This love of flying took he and Marjorie on many great adventures including trips to their home on Ten Mile Lake in Minnesota and their winter home on Lake Chapala near Ajijic, Mexico. He was also an avid art collector and loved collecting art wherever he went, especially in Mexico.

Harris is survived by his nieces: Holly Groos (Tom) of Tomkins Cove, NY, Mary Beth Williams (Bob) of Garden City, KS, and Martha Lange of Divide, CO; several great nephews; and many good friends.

Harris was preceded in death by his parents: Roy and Cletus Hess; his mother and father-in-law Charles and Bertha Thomas; his brother Frank Hess (Marian); two sons: Charles Roy Hess in 1974 and Lynk Thomas Hess in 1998; and his wife Marjorie in 2013.

Lynn Abraham

Lynn Nathan Abraham, 74 of Hackensack, Minn, and formerly of Elk River, died Saturday, May 27, 2017, due to complications of cardiovascular disease.

Lynn was born Nov. 10, 1942, in New Ulm, Minn., to Herbert and Laura (Manthe) Abraham.

Lynn completed grades one through eight in rural school district 20, Linden Township, and then finished his secondary education in Madelia, Minn., where he graduated in 1960.

He then attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry education. He later went on to complete his master’s degree at St. Cloud State University.

Lynn taught chemistry and physical science in Hudson, Wis., Glencoe, Minn., Naples, Italy, and St. Francis, Minn.

In 1965 Lynn married Patricia Jacobson in Madelia, Minn. The couple resided in Elk River with their daughters Lisa and Tracy from 1970 until 2005. After leaving Elk River the couple built their current home that is on their property at Ten Mile Lake in Hackensack.

Lynn was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Walker, the Hackensack Lions, the Northwoods Arts Council in Hackensack and the Caloosa Land Trust in Pine Island, Florida.

Lynn is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pat; daughters Lisa (Chuck) Doucet of Avon, and Tracy Abraham (Brandon Marcus) of Fort Myers, Fla.; granddaughter Grace Doucet, grandson Chance Abraham Marcus; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many more dear relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and twin brothers Oren and Arlo Abraham.

Lynn was an excellent teacher, a loyal friend, a good neighbor, and a kind and caring father and husband who never lost his zest for life!

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com

Lynn’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, Minn.

Alice Pewick

Alice M. Pewick, 89, formerly of Ten Mile Lake near Walker, Minn., died Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the Heritage House in Pequot Lakes, Minn.

Following funeral services at the Dennis Funeral Home in Walker, interment was in Turtle Lake Cemetery.

Alice was born May 1, 1928, in Des Moines, Iowa, to William J. and Augusta L. (Vitza) Pewick. She was employed by the U.S. Post Office.

Arrangements entrusted to Dennis Funeral Home of Walker, MN. www.Dennisfuneralhome.com

Kenneth Harrison Lowery

Kenneth Harrison Lowery passed away at his home in Round Hill, Virginia on February 12, 2017. Ken was born in 1919 in Mendham, New Jersey to William F. Lowery and Mary Eudora Colville Lowery. Kenneth was one of 10 children, and had two brothers and seven sisters. He is survived by sisters Eloise Martin, Roberta Sterner, and Carolyn Carlos. Having lived 97 years, Kenneth survived two wives, Frances Paul Lowery, who passed away in 1978, and Mary Ellen Jensen Lowery, who passed away in 2015.

Ken is also survived by his daughter Diane Young of Oxford, Ohio, and son Robert Lowery of Round Hill. Daughter Pauline Kelley is deceased. He also was a father to three stepchildren: Karan Padilla of Sterling, Virginia, Carl Hansen of Hartland, Wisconsin, and Ellen Land of Vienna, Virginia. And he was a grandfather and great grandfather to many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Growing up, Ken worked on the family’s dairy farm in Mendham. Ken attended Rutgers University, graduating in 1941 with a degree in Horticulture. During World War II, he sailed on a steamship accompanied by a Naval escort to work at a Dole pineapple plantation on Lanai, in what was then the Territory of Hawaii. In 1967, Ken helped establish the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, Virginia, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Ken was a charter member of the church and he attended the church with his wife Francis, and then TMLA Newsletter, Spring, 2017 Page 11 TMLA Newsletter, Spring 2017 Page 13 with his wife Mary Ellen. He held several positions at the church, including Church Trustee.

Ken served on the Loudoun County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors from 1979 to 2003, and was chairman for many years. He was the longest serving board member and was a mentor for the District staff. Ken was a founding member of the Board of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, which established and operates the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling, Virginia. The museum opened in 2003. Ken participated in the museum’s first publication, It’s Just a Way of Life, by providing oral histories of his time working at Hill High Orchards in Round Hill. After he married Mary Ellen, Ken began spending his summers on the north shore of Ten Mile Lake in northern Minnesota. He helped manage, maintain, and improve the family cabins on the lake, made many friends, and always attended the weekly men’s coffee. He loved being at the lake with the large groups of grandchildren, relatives, and friends.

Ken was a true gentleman. He was kind, gentle, generous and friendly person. He loved hosting friends and family on the deck at his home on Sleeter Lake, and was proud to share in the enjoyment of the property with his family. Ken was a warm person and had a wonderful sense of humor. He always responded happily when prodded to disclose details about his adventures in his youth. He had some good stories to tell. He was always curious and enjoyed learning new things. He was skilled at woodworking, and built furniture, picture frames, and shelves, and enjoyed teaching these skills to his grandchildren. Ken used reclaimed wood to construct tables of all sizes as gifts to his loved ones, and these tables are treasured by everyone. Ken loved animals. He spent freely to buy bird seed to stock the bird feeders on his deck. Ken enjoyed playing bridge and participated in several Carver Center senior bridge groups in Purcellville, where he had made several new friends over the last few years.

A memorial service for Ken was held on April 8, 2017 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville. Memorial contributions may be given to Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling, VA 20164 or St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132.

Provided by Ellen Land


Michael J. "Mike" Jensen

Michael J. “Mike” Jensen, age 69, of Westerville, OH, passed away January 13, 2017. Mike was a retired banking executive from the Chase Bank. Born in Decorah, Iowa, he was a graduate of DeSales High School in Decorah and the University of Iowa. Resident of Westerville since 1988, he attended Lamb of God Lutheran Church. He gave of his time and talents over the years as an active volunteer for various organizations, including Godman Guild and Camp Mary Orton, Westerville Warcats Hockey Association, and Ten Mile Lake Association in Hackensack, MN.

Mike is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diane; children, Miranda (Matthew) Mann and Martin Jensen and his girlfriend, Christa Van Volkenburg; grandchildren, Lydia and Caleb Mann; sisters, Karen Allen and Susan (Reynold) Sacquitne; brothers, James (Mary Ann), Norman, William, Richard (Sherry), and Paul Jensen; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Margaret Jensen, sister Jeanine, brothers David and Jerome.

Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio, Wednesday January 18, 5-8 p.m., and at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 4925 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43230 for one hour prior to the service, which will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, with Pastor Tim Wagner officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation which is dedicated to the health and wellness of children in central Ohio.

Reprinted from the Columbus Dispatch, provided by Peter Jensen