Obituaries 05/25/23

Samantha Gibbs, 31

Samantha Dana Gibbs, age 31, of Buffalo, MN, passed away on May 16, 2023.

Samantha was born the daughter of Dennis Gibbs and Kelly (Nicholson) Griffin on April 22, 1992, in Buffalo, MN.

Samantha is survived by her parents, Dennis (Harmony) Gibbs and Kelly (Peter) Griffin; sister, Bethany (Jon Hareid) Gibbs; brother, Jacob Gibbs; stepsister, Alicia Beckman; grandma, Lorraine Gibbs; aunts, Amy Nicholson and Laura Nicholson; uncles, Robert (Mary) Gibbs and Steven Gibbs; nephew, Benton Heins; and a niece and nephew on the way; also many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Sam is preceded in death by her grandparents, Dana Gibbs, Sam and Gail Nicholson.

Funeral service for Sam will be held Saturday, May 27, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 12:00 noon, all at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.

Private family interment at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.


Randy Kruck, 70

Randy Robert Kruck, 70, from Buffalo, MN, joined his Lord and Savior on May 15, 2023.

Randy was born the son of Robert and Dolores (Herbst) Kruck on October 13, 1952, in Minneapolis, MN.

 Randy graduated from high school in 1970 and then served his country in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. from 1970 – 1973. He then worked forty-two years as a driver for UPS.

Randy was united in marriage to Beverly (Weller) on November 25, 1972. Together, they had five children.

 For enjoyment Randy loved spending time in nature. He liked deer hunting (or sleeping in the deer stand), and was an avid collector of “everything.” 

 After his wife, Beverly, died Randy often talked about her walking on streets of gold in Heaven. Randy has now joined her and his Jesus walking those streets of gold.

 Randy is survived by his children, Rob (Mary) Kruck, Cathy (Shane) Snyder, Daniel (Rebecca) Kruck, John Kruck and Nicole (John) Pavlik; 13 grandchildren; parents, Robert and Dolores Kruck; brothers, Larry Kruck and Bob (Kris) Kruck; also many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

 Preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; and grandson, Henry.

Funeral service for Randy was held on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m., all at Buffalo Ev. Covenant Church in Buffalo, MN. 

Officiating was Pastor Reid Gilbert.

Casket bearers were Bob Kruck, Larry Kruck, Shane Snyder, John Pavlik, Anthony Oelrich, Taylar Kruck, Jake Edmonson, and Joey Edmonson

 Luncheon followed the service at church.

 Interment was in the Swedish Mission Cemetery in Buffalo, MN.

 Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.


Sheri McCallum, 60

Sheri Lynn McCallum, age 60, of Hanover, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2023, after battling cancer for over three years. 

A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, May 23, at 11 A.M. at Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield with Pastor Schuler officiating. Inurnment followed at Salem Lutheran Cemetery.

A visitation was held on Monday, May 22, from 4-7 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. Further visitation was held on Tuesday, May 23, one hour prior to services at the church.

Sheri Lynn McCallum was born in Buffalo on November 2, 1962, the daughter of Gordon and Vernetta (Middelstadt) Zimmerman. Sheri was baptized on November 18, 1962, at Salem Lutheran Church. She was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith at Salem on April 11, 1976.  

Sheri graduated from Buffalo High School in 1980 and completed her bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State University. On October 4, 1986, Sheri Zimmerman was joined in holy marriage to Douglas McCallum at Salem Lutheran Church. God blessed their marriage with two children.

Sheri was a lifelong, faithful member of Salem Lutheran Church in Greenfield and played in the Church hand bells for several years.

She was proud of her 30-year career in Human Resources. She was also grateful to have several years away from work and dedicated to raising her children prior to joining Whirltronics Inc. in Buffalo where she was employed as the Human Resource Director for 18 years.

Sheri will be remembered for her drive, enduring faith, positive attitude, and always having a funny line to sing. She loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. She cherished watching her grandkids grow, taking them to parks, playing Legos, and going for Pontoon rides. She enjoyed her time up north and hosting friends and family at her Mille Lacs Lake home. She particularly appreciated relaxing in her swing looking at the lake. Some of her favorite activities included caring for her garden and sharing what she grew with others, traveling the country, walking on the beach, and watching the Vikings play.

Survived by her loving husband of thirty-six years, Douglas A. McCallum; a son, Bryan (Danielle) McCallum, of Rogers; a daughter, Megan (Adam) Dickman, of Blaine; three wonderful grandchildren, Elijah and Ethan McCallum, and Graham Dickman; brothers, Randy (Cindy) Zimmerman, Thomas Zimmerman, and Timothy Zimmerman; a brother-in-law, Dennis Baker; other relatives and many friends.

Preceded in death by her parents and by a sister, Janet “Jan” Baker.

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to


Dwayne Ordorff, 78

Dwayne Ralph Ordorff, 78, of Lake City, MN (formerly of Waverly MN), passed away peacefully at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN, surrounded by family and loved ones by his side on May 18, 2023, due to Covid-related issues and leukemia.

Dwayne was born on January 28, 1945, at Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. He was the son of Ralph and Lucille (Gresen) and was raised on the farm in Buffalo, MN. Dwayne was a member of the Buffalo High School class of 1963. He honorably served his country in the United States Navy from 1963 to 1967 and was stationed in Naples, Florida. He traveled the world and shared many pictures with others. He always spoke of his years on the USS Charles R. Ware, and seeing the world came with it.

On November 4, 1967, Dwayne married Linda Bloom, of St. Louis Park, MN. He said it was love at first sight when he first met her at a mutual friend’s house in Minneapolis. God blessed their union with three children.

Dwayne was a machine shop supervisor in Long Lake and Minneapolis. After he retired, he worked at the Lake City Golf course for 15 years. In 1973, they built their first home on farm land in Waverly, MN. A farm boy marries a city girl kind of life. They were so happy there for 36 years. The kids had everything there on wheels. They also raised chickens, had gardens, and all that went with it.

Dwayne was thrilled to learn he was going to be a grandfather of quadruplets. After the quadruplets were born in 1998, he and Linda moved to Lake City, MN. He had fishing rods ready for them. To anyone who would listen, he loved to teach fishing tips and tricks. Family life was a big part of his life, such as camping, motorcycle trips, three-wheelers, woodworking, and snowmobiling. Giving his time as the Chaplin of the Lake City VFW Post 8729 was an important part of his life. Dwayne was also a member of the New Hope Church where he was a Trustee, and his faith played a huge role in his life.

Dwayne is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Linda Ordorff; his three children, Melanie Hoover, of Lake City, Matthew (Kari) Ordorff, of Coon Valley, Wisconsin, and Angela (Jeremiah) Lanska, of Lake City; six grandchildren, Noah (fiancé, Grace Riley), Ashley, Nathan, and Alyssa (fiancé, Chase Shulze) Hoover, and Brooklyn and Bryant Gulden; three brothers, Richard (Linda) and Daniel (Cindy), of Buffalo, MN, and Kevin (Gayle) Ordorff, of Brooklyn Park; four sisters, Renee (Tom) Burchett, of Buffalo, MN, Sharon Beauchamp, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Shelley Fadden, of Buffalo, MN, and Rita Harris, of Florida; brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Proceeded in death by nephew, Tronn Paulson; and by Ralph and Lucille.

Celebration of life will be held later this summer. Internment will be held at the Preston Veteran Cemetery, in Preston, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Lake City’s New Hope Church building fund.


Thomas Stewart, 77

Thomas Arthur Stewart, age 77 of Greenfield, formerly of Waseca, passed away at his home on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

Tom was born in Waseca on February 27, 1946, to William and Frances (Blowers) Stewart. He grew up in the 1950’s on his family’s Waseca farm. He had a rich childhood and attended country school until the sixth grade and later Waseca public schools in town. Following his high school graduation, Tom served in the United States Navy Reserves. He went on to study at Stout University and Dunwoody College. In addition to many years of farming, Tom owned and operated Royalton Heating and Cooling. He enjoyed traveling and had taken many fun trips with family and friends. He was a generous, hardworking man, and his loss will be closely felt by all of his family and friends.

Tom is survived by his wife, Laura Link-Stewart, of Greenfield; children, Jennifer VonEnde, Laura Stewart, Amy Breazeale, Brady Stewart, and Ryan (Asma) Stewart; sixteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Daniel (Patty) Stewart; sister, Liane (Matt) Keane; sister-in-law, Debbie Cowles; nieces and nephews; and former spouse, Susan Stewart.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, William and Frances Stewart; son, Brent Stewart; brother, William Stewart; two sisters, Judith Cyr and Nancy Anhorn; mother-in-law, Dolores Link; and grandson, Joshua Stewart-Anderson.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, May 22, 2023, at Faith United Methodist Church in Waseca, with Rev. Carolyn Doering officiating. Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment followed at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca. Dennis-Steffel-Omtvedt Funeral and Cremation Service in Waseca is handling the arrangements,



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