Lorraine Posey

Posey picLorraine E. (Holien) Posey, 96, of Dell Rapids passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at her home. Her Memorial Service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Inurnment will be in the Bethania Cemetery, rural Trent. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel Hall at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids.

Lorraine Edith (Holien) was born on October 19, 1921 in West Jasper, Minnesota, the daughter of Oscar and Ida (Holter) Holien. She was baptized in Jasper Lutheran Church of Jasper and confirmed at Bethania Lutheran Church in June of 1936. She grew up in rural Jasper and attended grade school at Hermanson District #40 in Moody County. She graduated from Jasper High School in 1940 and then worked at Jasper Telephone Company and also worked as a telephone operator in Tucson, Arizona and Pipestone, Minnesota.

Lorraine married Jerome Posey on July 12, 1949 at Jasper Lutheran Church. They worked as a farm couple near Sherman, Alpena, Canton, and Jasper, Minnesota and moved to Dell Rapids in March of 1963. She was a dietary aide at the Dell Rapids Hospital from 1963, retiring in 1998.

She was active as a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids and her ELCA circle/bible study, quilting group and church for 50 plus years. She was very active in American Legion Auxiliary serving as secretary for almost 40 years. She enjoyed her 20 years of singing with Auxiliary sextette, The Quarrytones and had many happy memories of their times together. They especially enjoyed their performance at Mount Rushmore during the SD Centennial in 1989. She was chosen District Legionette of the year in 1999. She and Jerome were editors of the American Legion Post #65 newsletter for 16 years.

Lorraine and Jerome enjoyed traveling to 6 or more of his E Company WWII army reunions and hosted 2 of these reunions in Sioux Falls. May of 2004 found them and daughter Jolene traveling to Washington DC for WWII memorial dedication. They also enjoyed wonderful trips to Alaska and Maine.

She and Jolene enjoyed 10 plus years as members of the Red Rockettes Red Hat Group and made many good memories with these ladies over the years. She normally had a hat on her head and received many comments about these hats.

She was a faithful Christian lady and encouraged her family to be involved in their community and church activities as they married and started having families of their own. Many family reunions were enjoyed and she was instrumental in reminding people of the date/time place every year.

The coffee pot was always on at her house. Norwegian treats were special and she and her brother “Bud” recently enjoyed their annual lutefisk and lefse meal at her home. She also enjoyed making Norwegian wedding cakes for special birthday celebrations. She enjoyed her public TV shows Lawrence Welk, Minnesota Twins and spent this past winter putting together puzzles. She was a 60 year cancer survivor and participated in the Relay for Life for many years.

She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always had a few pictures in her purse to show to anyone she visited or came to visit her.

Lorraine passed away on Monday, April 30 at the age of 96 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerome in March of 2014 and brothers Orvin, Art and Roy; sisters Idella, Dorothy and Ruth.

Lorraine is survived by one daughter, Jolene (Gaylon) Wehde of Crooks, SD, three sons, Burdette “Boone” (Cathleen) Posey of Bruce, SD, Olin (Lynette) Posey of Trent, SD and Mark (Karen) Posey of Titonka, IA, seven grandchildren; Sarah, Laura, Nathan, Justin, Adam, Austin, Brett; seventeen great-grandchildren Dylan, Blake, Alyson, Katrina, Tyson, Ryker, Peyton, Hayley, Ruby, Reagan, Truman, Asa, Paxton, Jemma, Anna, Evan, and Seth.



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Jerome Posey

Jerome PoseyJerome W. Posey, 94, of Dell Rapids passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Interment with military rites will be in the Bethania Cemetery, rural Trent. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Kahler Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.kahlerfh.com

Jerome William Posey was born on August 21, 1919 at rural Alpena, SD, the son of Jesse and Flora Posey. He grew up and attended school in Alpena. He farmed with his parents for a while and then moved to Sherman, SD and worked as a farm hand until March of 1941 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippine Islands serving with the 160th infantry 40th Division Company E. His service of four years ended when wounded in battle and he was honorably discharged in July of 1945. He received the Purple Heart. In 1985, he received the Bronze Star Medal for Achievement in ground combat in the Asiatic – Pacific Theater of Operations.

He worked on the railroad and in 1947, he began working with his brother Elton as a farm laborer, carpenter and other jobs. He met Lorraine Holien in February of 1949 and they were married on July 12, 1949 in the Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jasper, MN. To this union was born four children, Jolene, Burdette, Olin and Mark. The family lived near Alpena, Canton, and Jasper before moving into Dell Rapids in 1963.

Jerome worked at Conoco Gas station and later owned and operated Champlin Gas Station. He worked with the Minnehaha CO-OP Oil until his retirement in 1981. He then helped his brother Elton in various carpentry jobs. He then drove school bus for the Dell Rapids school district, driving handicapped children to the Crippled Children’s School in Sioux Falls.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids, a life time member of the American Legion Post #65 serving in many offices, a life time member of the VFW and member of 40 and 8, the Senior Citizens Center where he was instrumental in getting the pool tables installed and served on the Veterans Memorial Park Committee. He and Lorraine were editors of the American Legion Newsletter for 16 years. He enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, jigsaw puzzles and the Minnesota Twins.

His dedication to his family, his community, and his country was always on his mind. He encouraged respect and honor for the flag and our country. He and Lorraine hosted two company and army reunions in the early 1990’s and thoroughly enjoyed seeing his army buddies again.

Jerome became a resident of the Dells Nursing and Rehab on October 19, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lorraine of Dell Rapids, a daughter, Jolene (Gaylon) Wehde of Crooks, SD; three sons, Burdette “Boone” (Cathleen) Posey of Bruce, Olin (Lynette) Posey of Dell Rapids and Mark (Karen) Posey of Titonka, IA; seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, Irma, Vinnie, Elsie and Nellie and his brother, Elton.

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Ruth (Holien) Strader

Ruth Elaine (Holien) Strader, 86, of Fergus Falls, died Saturday June 15, 2013, while a patient at Abbott North Western Hospital, of Minneapolis.

The daughter of Oscar Alfred & Ida Dorothea (Holter) Holien, Ruth was born on July 7, 1926, in Moody County, South Dakota. She attended grade school at Hermanson Grade School #40, and graduated from High School in Jasper, MN in 1943. After high school, she attended Secretarial School in Dickinson ND and completed a two year Medical Secretary course from Sioux Falls, SD.

On April 6, 1947 she married Delbert “Jim” Strader in Jasper. The couple made their home in Fergus Falls, where she worked as a secretary for Ottertail Co-Op Oils, then Skogmo Motors. In 1951 she began working at what is now known as the Regional Treatment Center in the medical records department, retiring in 1986.

Ruthie was involved in many activities around the area. She was a member of the Fergus Falls Eagles Auxiliary and a charter member of the VFW Post 612 Auxiliary. In addition, she belonged to several VFW groups and enjoyed being a part of the Drill Team and the Heritage Group.

She was known for many things including her love of dancing, the Minnesota Twins and music. Ruth enjoyed being part of numerous musicals and singing for community events and for her church, Our Lady of Victory.

Preceding her in death were her husband Jim in 1990, a daughter Susan Tomhave in 2001, three brothers, Orvin, Roy, and Arthur, and two sisters, Idella and Dorothy.

Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte “Tinker” (Johnny Crawford) McKenna, of Burbank, CA; three grandchildren, Brenda & Ronnie Westenhaver of Dennison,Texas, Jamie & Woody Pierce of California, and Jake & Ruth Zwilling of Orono; and two great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Shelby. Also surviving is a brother, Arnold “Buddy” (Lois) Holien of Jasper, MN and a sister Lorraine (Jerome) Posey of Dell Rapids, SD, along with numerous nieces and nephews, and very special angels Virginia Robertson and Cyndy Nystrom.

Memorials are preferred to Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, or the Minnesota Veterans Home, Fergus Falls.  Visitation: 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and resumes one hour prior to the service at the church.  Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2013 at the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 207 N. Vine Street, Fergus Falls MN.  Clergy: Father Tim Wenzel and Father Bill Gamber.  Interment: St. Otto’s Catholic Cemetery, Fergus Falls, MN. Arrangements: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, MN; www.olsonfuneralhome.com

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