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Benjamin "BJ" Jacob Wratz, age 20, of Farmington, passed away on Oct. 10, 2010, in Sterling, Wis., in a tragic motorcycle accident. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Lord of Life Church, 16200 Dodd Lane, Lakeville, with visitation 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Lord of Life Church and one hour prior to service, also at church. White Funeral Home, Farmington, 651-463-7374.
Penny M. Dimmen, age 66, of Farmington, passed away on Oct. 5, 2010. Survived by children, Paul Dimmen, Joseph (Jackie) Dimmen, Chrissy (Al) Budensiek and Lori Bondeson; loving grandchildren; significant other, Tom Foley; brother, Richard, and sister, Patty. Memorial service 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at White Funeral Home, 901 3rd St. Gathering of family and friends one hour prior to service. White Funeral Home, Farmington, 651-463-7374, www.whitefuneralhomes.com .
Robert M. Haydon, age 75, of Farmington, passed away Sept. 28, 2010. Memorial service at a later date.
Eugene A. Clendenen, age 59, of Winter, Wis., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at his home. Eugene Allen was born on July 14, 1951, in Bowman, N.D., the son of Lynn and Dorothy (Bublitz) Clendenen. His family lived in Rhame, N.D. until age six, then moved to Miles City, Mont. Eugene graduated high school in Miles City. In 1970 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War, then served in the Army Reserves until 1976. After the military he returned to Miles City.
Ervin P. Peine, age 78, of Vermillion, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Ervin was born Dec. 30, 1931, in Empire Township, to Henry Sr. and Margaret (Wollmering) Peine. He attended St. Mary's Parochial School in New Trier and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Ervin married Lorraine Werner on June 2, 1956, in Hampton.
Dorothy Ann Empey, age 76, of Northfield, passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at the Reflections Unit of the Three Links Care Center in Northfield. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the First Presbyterian Church, 625 Heritage Way, Farmington. A gathering of family and friends will take place 1 hour prior to service at church. A private interment will be held at the Corinthian Cemetery in Farmington White Funeral Home, Farmington, 651-463-7374.
Scott H. Holmberg, 66, died surrounded by the love of his family Sept. 1, 2010, in Escondido, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. Scott was born Oct. 14, 1943, to George and Sally Holmberg, Russell, Minn. In 1950, Scott moved to Farmington, Minn. His love of electronics began with 4 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, achieving the rank of ET1. In 1967, Scott married Anna Marie McGuire of Dearborn Heights, Mich. While working for Energy Conversion Devices in Troy, Mich., he graduated from Detroit's Wayne State University with an EE degree.
Daniel "Danny" Clay, the former publisher of Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune, died at his home in Lakeville on Sept. 8, 2010. He was 58. Funeral service was Sunday, Sept. 12, at the White Funeral Home Chapel, Lakeville, 952-469-2723, with visitation prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to Hope Chest News.
Arthur "Art" Hogfoss, 85, formerly of Farmington, Minn., died Sunday, August 22, 2010, at his home in Mesa, Ariz. There will be a private military burial Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Valley of the Sun Memorial Park, Chandler, Ariz. A memorial service will be held at White Funeral Home in Farmington at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 1, followed by a celebration of Art's life at VFW Hall 7662 in Farmington. Memorial donations are suggested to Farmington VFW Post 7662, 421 Third St., Farmington, MN 55024. Arthur S. Hogfoss was born Jan.
Charles Joseph Schaeffer, age 93, of Farmington, formerly of Minneapolis, died August 28, 2010. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Sept. 1, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Farmington, with visitation prior. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, 175 Rt. 340, Sparkill, NY 10976. White Funeral Home, Farmington, 651-463-7374