Next General Membership Meeting on july 11, 2022
Next General Membership Meeting on july 11, 2022
Vance A. Stueness, age 73 of San Tan Valley, Arizona, formerly of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota died Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at his home under the care of hospice.
Vance Allan Stueness was born August 12, 1948, in Ada, Minnesota, the eldest of 5 children of Bennie and Veronica (Berray) Stueness. Vance grew up on the family farm in rural Twin Valley, where his love of agriculture began. He attended school in Twin Valley, graduating with the Class of 1966. Following his graduation, Vance enlisted in the United States Navy in September of 1966. He served on the east and west coasts, before being sent to Vietnam in 1970 as part of a search and rescue team. In December of 1970, Vance was honorably discharged from the Navy. He returned home to Twin Valley and worked for the Twin Valley-Ulen Telephone Company. During this time, he also attended Moorhead Technical College for agricultural sales and management. While taking classes he was offered a job at the Kragness Farm Elevator in Sabin. Vance worked there prior beginning his extensive career with Chipman, now known as Syngenta. He started in sales and worked his way to upper management, overseeing 15 states. Vance spent the last two years of his career starting the seed treatment division for West Central Inc. in Willmar. Around 2008, he officially retired. On June 29, 1985, Vance was united in marriage to the love of his life, LeAnn (nee Chandler) Barron, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota. They made their home on Pelican Lake, near Pelican Rapids for approximately 30 years. The draw of playing golf year-round and not having to deal with Minnesota winters appealed to Vance and Lea; in 2008, they permanently moved to San Tan Valley, Arizona. They return to Minnesota during the summer months to enjoy their fifth wheel at the Forest Hills Golf & RV Center near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
As a proud veteran, Vance was a member the Joe Foss American Legion Post #97 in San Tan Valley, West Central Minnesota Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 235 in Alexandria, and former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5252 in Pelican Rapids. In addition to his love of golf, Vance also enjoyed boating, traveling, jeeping, and participating in events with his veteran brothers and sisters. Always gracious hosts, Vance and LeAnn often entertained family and friends at their lake home in Pelican Rapids and in later years, they welcomed visitors in Arizona. Vance cherished the time he was able to spend with his family, especially with his 6 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters that he so lovingly adored.
Vance is survived by his wife of 37 years, LeAnn of San Tan Valley, AZ; children, James Stueness (Nancy Blaney) of Twin Valley, Stacie Reierson of Devils Lake, Robert (Heather) Barron of Beulah, ND, and Tiffany (Staffan) Strand of Stocksund, Sweden; 6 grandchildren, Dustin (Courtney) Stueness, Preston Reierson, Nathaniel "Toby" (Malloreigh) Barron, Shea Barron, Samuel Strand, and Sophia Strand; 2 great-granddaughters, Alyson and Alexis Stueness; siblings, Gary (Betty) Stueness of Ada, LaCinda (Richard) Scruggs of Anchorage, Alaska, Kent (Denice) Stueness of Twin Valley, and Shellie Bueng (Mike Milligan) of Glyndon; father-in-law, Ralph Chandler of Twin Valley; brothers-in-law, Ralph (Deirdre) Chandler of Caledonia, Dean (Darlene) Chandler of Queen Creek, AZ, and Cheryl (Dean) Dormanen of Gilbert, AZ; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bennie Stueness and Veronica Hoven; mother-in-law, Charlotte Chandler; niece, Tiffany Burdett; and great-nieces, Dayton Vigesaa-Avery and TRE Burdett.
Marc H. Falkenhan, 71, of San Tan Valley, Ariz., passed away July 3, 2021, in San Tan Valley, Ariz. Marc passed away at his home, with family at his side, after a short illness.
He was born Feb. 8, 1950, in Kankakee, the son of Herman W. Falkenhan Jr. and Therese “Terry” (Settles) Falkenhan.
Marc retired from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colo., after a 30-year career in computer information technology.
He served our country in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Buchanan during the Vietnam War; and received numerous medals, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Marc was a proud veteran, a true patriot and volunteered countless hours helping veterans and their families.
He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in San Tan Valley, Ariz., American Legion Riders, Joe Foss American Legion Post 97, and the Encanterra Veterans Club.
Marc enjoyed riding his Harley, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and watching old Westerns on TV.
He was a devoted son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. Marc was loved dearly and will be missed by all.
Surviving are his mother, Therese “Terry” Falkenhan, of Manteno; his devoted partner, Maureen Huffman; son, Marc P. Falkenhan, of Aurora, Colo.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jacob “Koot” and Carolyn Falkenhan Levy, of St. Anne, Scott and Pam Falkenhan, of Kankakee; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jill and Lambert “Sid” Kane, of Bradley, Kelly and Dennis Smith, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., and Jaymie Falkenhan, of Goodyear, Ariz.; and three grandchildren, Chloe Falkenhan, of Omaha, Neb., Callie Sherrier, of Littleton, Colo., and Caylee Falkenhan, of Des Moines, Iowa.
Preceding him in death were his father, Herman W. Falkenhan Jr.; and a son, Michael Falkenhan.
Tony L. Gunderson, age 70, of Florence, Ariz., formerly of Mabel, Minnesota died Monday, July 1, 2019, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
Tony was born Aug. 28, 1948, in Spring Grove to Jerome and Maxine (Wright) Gunderson. He graduated from Mabel High School in 1966. From 1966 to 1972, he served in the Army National Guard trained in heavy equipment mechanics.
On May 1, 1971, he married Myrna Yotter in Lake City. They made their home in Mabel raising three children, Jenny, Ian and Cory. Tony worked as a sprinkler fitter, then as an insurance agent with his parents in Mabel and for a short time in Rochester. He worked at the Jennings State Bank in Spring Grove until 1989, when he returned to sprinkler fitting, retiring in 2004. In retirement, he worked part-time driving the residents at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home. In 2011, they moved to Florence, Ariz., and return to Minnesota for the summers.
Tony was very community oriented and loved to offer his time, energy and resources to multiple organizations over his lifetime. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 299 in Mabel and held positions at the local, county, and district levels. He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church, had been a member of the Jaycees and was a Scout Master for Troop 68 in Mabel. Tony enjoyed working on projects including home remodeling, tinkering on cars, boating, fishing and woodworking, volunteering at the church and food bank, and talking with people.
He also became a member of American Legion Post 97 of San Tan Valley after moving to Florence. He held several officers position to included Adjutant and Treasurer. Tony was also part of the American legion Riders as Secretary/Treasurer. Tony was instrumental with the Post 97 youth programs, to included Boys State and Oratorical. Tony was the American Legion for 49 years and will be deeply missed by his Legionnaires
Jack William Malpass. December 26, 1943-November 20, 2017.
The post lost one of it's members, after a battle with a heart condition.
After graduation from high school in 1962, he enlisted with the US Navy. HM2 Jack W. Malpass served during the Vietnam War as a Navy Hospital Corpsman at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virgina from 1962-1966.
Jack married Marsha Ann Guggery in 1963 and together they raised a family of three childred and two grandchildren.
Jack's civilian professional career included pharmaceutical sales, human resources and his own consulting company after receiving a Master of Arts in Organizational Behavior.
Jack moved to San Tan Valley, in 2005 and was one of the charter members of the Joss Foss American Legion Post 97.
Phil Jordan was born in 1927 and raised in Phoenix, AZ. In 1941, he attempted to enlist in the US Navy when he was fourteen years old. Phil grew frustrated at not being accepted because of his age so he ran away to San Francisco and helped build ships.
With eighteen shipyards churning out destroyer escorts, over 200 DE’s were operating in the Pacific by the end of the war, providing anti-submarine cover for the larger ships as well as delivering mail and supplies to the ground troops.
When Phil returned home his father signed permission for him to join the Navy in April 1944. He spent nineteen weeks training in Los Angeles, CA.
After the war was declared over and while waiting to be discharged, Phil brought his cocker spaniel, Nicky, onboard the ship.
Upon his official discharge, Phil Jordan returned to Phoenix to support his widowed mother. Most of the jobs went to married men with responsibilities so Phil re-enlisted and became an Army paratrooper. He served in the elite Airborne from 1947 to 1950, which included a tour in Afghanistan.
When his army enlistment was up, Phil returned to Phoenix and became the second motorcycle deputy for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. From that first position in his early twenties, Phil Jordan went on to a law enforcement career that spanned nearly 30 years … including 11 years as a federal law enforcement officer on the Apache Indian reservation and several years with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, where his final four years were as sheriff.
Phil Jordan died at his home on July 12, 2018.