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Benjamin “BJ” Johnson, 37

BJ Johnson of Owatonna passed away on September 15, 2018 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A memorial service to celebrate BJ’s life is scheduled for 6:00 pm Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Medford Funeral Home (310 – E. Central Ave.) Friends may greet the family starting at 3:00 pm Thursday at the Funeral Home.

Benjamin Jerome Johnson (BJ) was born on December 24, 1980 in Faribault, MN. BJ was the son of Arnie and Kathy (VonRuden) Johnson. He attended school in Medford and Faribault. BJ worked construction for several companies in the area and most recently was a Job Foreman at Marvin Purrier Construction.

BJ was overjoyed the day he became a father to his son, Tyler. He was immeasurably proud of Tyler and the man he helped raise. BJ shared his love of hunting and fishing and all things outdoors with Tyler. BJ, Arnie and Tyler made many great memories together. Although, he had only 18 short years with Tyler, BJ was able to share Tyler’s first deer, winning fishing contests out at LeMieux's Resort on Cedar Lake, and all of his athletic accomplishments.

BJ had a passion for riding bikes from a young age. He went from popping wheelies on his bicycle as a kid to racing motocross as a teenager. His whole-shot success at the races helped him lead the pack and earn many trophies and his AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) Pro License. As an adult he continued that passion on his Harley, riding with many friends and Becky right behind him. He wore a contagious smile, was the life of the party and had a love for little kids, especially his four nieces and “Papa’s Boy” Carson.    

BJ will be deeply missed by his son, Tyler Johnson (Mother, Brooke Zahorik); girlfriend, Becky Walderon along with her children Jake Walderon (Tina) and their son Carson, Jesse Stechmann, and Jasmynn Stechmann; parents Arnie and Kathy Johnson; sister Jessie (Andy) Cowell, nieces Nora, Kate and Emma; sister Emily (Joe) Butler and niece Kaylee. BJ was preceded in death by his grandparents.

He will live forever in our hearts and will be remembered for his great sense of humor, love of the outdoors, and special talent of making rubber smiley faces! To leave a condolence message go to www.medfordfuneralhome.com


Jerald “Jerry” L. Monson, Sr.


     Jerald “Jerry” Leslie Monson was born in Owatonna on July 20, 1935 to his parents, Dorothy E. (Wood) and Leslie Monson.  Jerry graduated as an honor student in 1953 from Owatonna High School.  He married Mary Carolyn Imbody of Owatonna (his high school sweetheart) in 1956.  In the following 10 years, they lived in Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Maryville, Tennessee.  They have three children:  Jerald L. Monson, Jr. (Lois), Lynn Ellyn Pflugrath and John Stearns Monson (Diane).

     They returned to Minnesota so that Jerry could complete his college education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.  He reversed his strategy for a college education and went to school full time and worked part time as an Agent and Office Manager for Minneapolis Insurance Agency.  Jerry graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1967.  He achieved an MBA from the U of M in 1980.  They returned to Owatonna when Jerry, after graduating, was rehired by Federated to be Systems and Procedures Manager in the Home Office.

     Jerry had a varied and fulfilling business career that gave him work experience and insight into 8 different industries (Newspaper, Retail, Insurance, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Computer, Consulting, and Education) starting as a newspaper carrier at age 9.  He held many different positions with Federated Insurance in Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Owatonna.  He joined Wenger Corporation in 1968 and served in many positions retiring as Vice President and Corporate Officer in 1988.  He retired from business to pursue a vision for needed partnering between workplaces and education.  He worked several years as Vice President of Customized Training for Riverland Community College and was called to join the MN Dept. of Education as a Partnership Development Specialist.  He retired again in 1996 but continued an active involvement in volunteer activities and mentoring individual young people on their career plans.

     He was an active volunteer for ISD 761; Technology Plus, Mankato; Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce; United Methodist Church; State Task Force on Condition of Education Industry – Humphrey Institute – U of M; Minnesota Vocational Association; Norris Foundation, St. Paul; State Steering Committee on Youth Apprenticeship; State Council on Vocation Education; and Sales/Marketing Executives of Minneapolis.

     He wrote and published articles for Owatonna People’s Press; Manufacturing Engineering magazine; “Communique” – a magazine of State Council on Vo-Tech Education; Minnesota Technology; Telemarketing Magazine; and Youth Apprenticeship Bulletin.  Has was recognized “Groundbreaker” by SMIF in October, 2009 and KTTC-TV Rochester award June, 2009 as one of “Ten people who make a difference.”

     He had a wide variety of hobbies and interests from writing, mentoring young people on careers, reading, traveling, coin collecting, woodworking, and gardening, to sports, especially golfing, tennis hiking, biking, fishing, and hunting.

     Jerry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary; 3 children, Jay (Lois), Lynn Pflugrath, John (Diane); 9 grandchildren, Jer (Jenn), Tom, Ann (James), Jonathan, AJ (Tiffany), Jessica, Kyle, Connor, Christofer, and 2 great-granddaughters, Hadley and Elli all of whom he enjoyed immensely.

     A visitation will be held at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Tuesday, September 25th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM and at church one hour prior to the service.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at United Methodist Church in Owatonna with the Reverend Loren Olson officiating.  A private interment will be held at a later date in Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna.

     Memorials preferred to SE MN Initiative Fund, Owatonna Foundation, Owatonna United Methodist Church or Owatonna Hospice House.


Luverne “Vern” E. Schlobohm


Luverne Ernest Schlobohm, 91, of Owatonna, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Owatonna Hospital.

Mr. Schlobohm was born March 9, 1927 in Medford Township, Steele County to Edward and Ella (Abbe) Schlobohm.  He went to country school and high school in Medford, helped on the family farm, and enlisted in the US Navy in 1945.  He served on the destroyer ships; the USS Floyd B. Parks and the USS Robert Oreleck in the South Pacific, and was honorably discharged in 1947.  He was a World War II veteran.

In 1952, he married Joan A. Cole in Kenyon, Minnesota.  Together, they made their home and raised their 5 children in Owatonna.  In 1952, Luverne was employed at Steele-Waseca Coop Electric for 40 years, first as a lineman, then promoted to crew chief and ended his career as transformer meter supervisor, retiring in 1992.

Vern enjoyed working the family farm throughout his life, going as far as taking vacation time to help with the harvest.  He also enjoyed collecting and working on old tractors and taking them to the Steele County Fair.

He was particularly proud to take an Honor Flight trip to Washington DC in 2008.  He had the opportunity of visiting the WW II memorial, and was greeted by former Senator Bob Dole.  It was a highlight that he talked of for many years.

Luverne was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, the VFW, and the American Legion Post 77, and a charter member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Mr. Schlobohm is survived by his 5 children, Susan (Dan) Branstad, Sharon Lager, David (Maureen Crowley) Schlobohm, Diane Randall, and Doug (Jennifer Erck) Schlobohm; 9 grandchildren, Paul (Kelli Meyer) Branstad, Adam Branstad, Matthew and Kathryn Schlobohm, Joshua, Shelby and Shannon Randall, Brooke Schroht, and Lauren Schlobohm; 7 great-grandchildren, Sophia, Eleanor, and George Branstad, Adeline, Weston and August Schroht and Rory Bailey; sister, Lucille Skalicky; brothers, Herbert, Delbert (Dalene) and Wilford (Sandy) Schlobohm; brother-in-law, Jeff (Mary Pat) Cole; sister-in-law, Lila Cole and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan in 1994; in-laws, John S. and Dorothy Cole; brother, Harold; sister, Dorothy; son-in-law, J. Victor Lager; brothers-in-law, John Cole and Richard Skalicky and nephews, Randy Schlobohm and Dean Cole.



Milton G. Ebeling Jr.


Milton “Milt” George Ebeling, Jr., 88, of Owatonna, died Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.


He was born June 5, 1930, in Meriden Township, Minnesota the son of Milton and Mabel (Brown) Ebeling. He attended country school in Meriden Township and Aurora Township when the family moved to a farm there.  He graduated from Owatonna High School.  He was united in marriage to Joyce Linse on January 10, 1953, in Blooming Prairie.  The couple operated a dairy farm in Aurora Township in Steele County. Along with dairy farming, Milt worked with the Civil Defense for a short time and at the ASCS office.  He served on the Aurora Township Board for many years, was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, National Farmers Organization and Associated Church. 


Milt was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He dearly missed his wife of 60 years, Joyce, after her passing in October of 2013.  They had a loving marriage, raising their family and trips with two close couples each winter to Las Vegas.  He also enjoyed hunting trips up near Blackduck with his buddies and most recently rides in the country to look at the crops.


He is survived by his children,  Pam (Doug) Hoiland of Rogers, Terry (Tammy) Ebeling of Owatonna and  Cindy (Greg) Lammers of Owatonna; nine grandchildren,  Grant (Tara) Holthus, Kyle (Nissa Dahle) Holthus, Megan (Ryan) Braun, Michael (Heather) Ebeling, Melissa (Aaron) Jenkins, Laura (fiancé, Nick Chadderdon) Ebeling, Brock Lammers and Beau (Heather) Lammers; great-grandchildren, Bree, Emerson, Amelia, Archer, Logan, Jack, Liam and Dominic and sister, Margaret Matkovic of Indianapolis.


He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce Ebeling; siblings, Glodine Jones, Delores “Dee” and Bill Pirtle, and Charles and Carole Ebeling; and brother-in-law, Joe Matkovic.


Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-7pm and at Associated Church on Thursday from 10-11am.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 11am at Associated Church with Reverend Coqui Conkey officiating.  A private interment will be held at the Steele Center Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Homestead Hospice House or donor’s choice.

+++++Dennis Weichert, age 73, died September 21, 2018 at his home in Owatonna. Memorial service will be 12:00 noon Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Brick Meger Funeral Home, friends may greet the family one-hour prior at the funeral home starting at 11:00 AM.


Denny was born March 13, 1945, to parents Herbert and Ethel (Rector) Weichert in Austin, MN.


He grew up in Lancing, on a horse farm, where he gained his love for horses and other animals.

In the early 80’s he moved down to North Carolina, working various jobs, and living there for over 30 years.  After that, Denny moved back to Owatonna to be with his twin sister.

Denny was known for his practical jokes which will be missed by his friends and family.

He also enjoyed country music, playing guitar and the mandolin.


Denny is survived by, sister, Dotty Combs, Des Moines, IA, Ramona Leonard, Rochester, MN, twin sister, Donna Weichert, Owatonna, one brother, Paul, North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Herbert.   For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to www.brick-megerfuneralhome.com.




Tyler Jordan Bohannon, age 19 of Waseca died Thursday, September 20, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas. 

Visitation will be held at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 4-8 PM and continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca.  dennisfuneralhomes.com



GORDON “GORDY” FOELS, age 94 of Waseca died peacefully at home on Monday, September 24, 2018.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 1:30 PM at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waseca.  Visitation will be held on Friday, one hour before services at the church.   Burial will follow at Woodville Cemetery.   Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services of Waseca is handling arrangements. 



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