Obituaries

Wed
01
May

Richard Edward “Port” Harri, 67, dies

Richard Edward “Port” Harri, 67, of Hermantown, MN died April 27. Services will be held at the Duluth Masonic Center, Duluth,MN on Sunday, May 5. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 3:00 with services starting at 3:00.

Wed
01
May

Myron “Mike” Meier of Austin, Minnesota, dieS

Myron “Mike” Meier of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at St. Mark’s Skilled Nursing Facility in Austin.

Sun
28
Apr

Dustin Lee Boettcher “D~bo” dies April 21

Dustin Lee Boettcher “D~bo” was born on October 29, 1980 to Carla Jean Boettcher in Hutchinson, MN. Dustin passed away on April 21, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Dustin went to school in Hutchinson. He participated in various sports in high school.
In 2007 Dustin moved to Ely to attend Vermilion Community College and study taxidermy. While living in Ely he met the love of his life Michelle Kosnitch.
He had a passion for hunting, fishing and spending time at the cabin with Michelle, family and friends.
The past six years Dustin wintered in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ employed by Stellar Adventures doing ATV, UTV and Hummer tours in the four peaks area of the Sonoran Desert. He was an amazing guide and loved the desert.
In the summer months he was self employed doing interior/exterior painting and carpentry.

Thu
25
Apr

Dallas Eugene Geiger (80) of Ely, dies

Dallas Eugene Geiger (80) of Ely, passed away Wednesday night, April 24, 2019 from a short, but brave battle with heart disease. He was at home surrounded by his wife and children.
Dallas was born on December 4, 1938 in Fostoria, Michigan. He met his wife Sharon (Prahl) in 1964 in Ely, while he was on a logging job. They started their family in Michigan and later moved back to Ely in 1991.
Dallas was an avid hunter and fisherman who developed a love for all animals. He enjoyed feeding the deer, fox, birds and chipmunks from his lakeside home. He was also very passionate about his woodworking business “Country Pine,” and loved working in his shop. Dallas was a very fun-loving man and told jokes right up to the end. He was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed.

Wed
24
Apr

Rosemary Helen (Rudman), Coombe 88, dies

Rosemary Helen (Rudman), Coombe 88, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2019, at Trinity Health Service in Farmington, MN, shortly after moving there from Edgewood Vista in Virginia, MN.
Rosemary was born on May 20, 1930, in Eveleth, MN, to Fred and Mary (Champa) Rudman. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School.
She lost her father at an early age, and the family moved to Ely when her mother remarried Marko Dusich. On August 23, 1952, she married Clinton D. Coombe in Ely. Rosemary worked at Zup’s Food Market and later as a secretary for various businesses over the years. They resided in Ely until moving to Virginia in 1973.

Wed
24
Apr

Dustin “Debo” Boettcher, 38, of Ely and Scottsdale dies

Dustin “Debo” Boettcher, 38, of Ely and Scottsdale, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019 in Scottsdale. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Fune ral Home of Ely.

Tue
23
Apr

David Stanley Glinsek, 72, of Duluth dies

David Stanley Glinsek, 72, of Duluth died Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center. He was born July 23, 1946 in Ely, MN to Stanley and Margaret (Sotlich) Glinsek. David was a graduate of Ely High School and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He was an Insurance agent for the Vern Dahlke Insurance Agency for many years. David was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. In his younger years, he was an avid runner. He enjoyed meeting new people and loved conversing with them. David was also an avid UMD football and hockey fan.

Tue
23
Apr

John T. Tauzell, 90 of Cottage Grove, dies

John T. Tauzell, 90 of Cottage Grove, passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2019.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am, Monday, April 29, 2019 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 920 Holley Ave., St. Paul Park with visitation starting at 9:30 until the time of service at church. Interment in the church cemetery.
John was born September 21, 1928 in Ely, Minnesota to Ivan and Mary (Pechek) Tauzell. He graduated from Ely High School in 1946 and entered active duty in the US Army and served in Japan as a paratrooper. He continued his education at the Vermillion Junior College for a few years before returning to serve in the US Army for a few more years. John met the love of his life, Peggy Tauzell in 1952 and they were married on February 6, 1954 in Marble, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1955 with a degree in Economics and went on to be employed by the State of Minnesota as an economist from 1957 until his retirement in 1994.

Mon
22
Apr

William G. Campbell (“Bill”), dies

William G. Campbell (“Bill”), a co-founder of the national law firm, Kutak Rock, died Saturday, April 13, 2019, at an Ely, Minnesota care center. He was 84.
In 1965, Bill, Robert J. Kutak and Harold L. Rock founded Kutak Rock and Campbell in Omaha, Nebraska. The law firm grew dramatically from the three founding members to become the first national law firm in the United States, with offices in several states and the District of Columbia.
Bill was a hard-charging litigator who did not shy away from complicated cases where he achieved excellent results for his clients, including the then largest jury verdict in Nebraska. Bill was an excellent mentor for many young attorneys. He taught them well and gave them chances to excel.

Sat
20
Apr

Dorothy M. Popesh, 93, dies

Dorothy M. (Deyak) Popesh, 93, a life long resident of Ely, passed away on Friday, April 19, at CareFree Assisted Living/Ely, surrounded by her family and Carefree “family” staff.
Dorothy was born on February 10, 1926 to Frank and Angela Deyak, and attended Ely Schools.
She was united in marriage to Anthony J. Popesh, and they were married for 52 years until his passing in 2000. Dorothy was a homemaker and a very loving, caring, fun-loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and Great-Great Grandmother. Faith and family were always an important part of Dorothy’s entire life, but she also thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent working as a Senior Hospitality Hostess at Ely’s then Holiday SunSpree Resort (GEL). She was Ely’s best known ambassador and thoroughly enjoyed her job and the many people she worked with and met there through the years.
And we cannot forget her love of polka music. ( She earned the nick-name “Polka Dot” in her younger years).

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