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BUSH Jr., Walter Lewis  
Sept. 25, 1929-Sept. 22, 2016 Naples, Florida One of the most recognized and respected leaders in the sport of amateur and professional hockey, passed away on September 22, 2016. He was 86. In the first period of his life, Bush was born in Minneapolis and played high school hockey at The Breck School before heading east to Dartmouth College. He played hockey and football as an undergrad and then returned home to attend the University of Minnesota Law School. Bush married his long time sweetheart, sailing partner, and member of the Ice Follies, the late Mary Relf Bush. They spent 50 years together and she was his greatest fan. After working as a lawyer at Strong, Tully & Bush, he played amateur hockey in the Twin Cities and hung up his skates when he found that he excelled at the administrative side of the game. In 1959, he was named General Manager of the U.S. National Team and was elected a Director to the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (AHAUS) – now, USA Hockey. Bush was integral in convincing the Soviet National Team to play in the U.S. for the first time that same year. In the second period of Bush's life, after gaining experience in the minors as the Owner and President of the Minneapolis Bruins of the Central Hockey League (CHL), Bush focused on an NHL expansion franchise for his home state. He led local hockey enthusiasts and businessmen in making a successful bid against competitor cities to establish the Minnesota North Stars in 1967. The third period of Bush's life focused on increasing participation and elevating amateur hockey in the U.S. He became the full-time, volunteer President of USA Hockey in June 1986, following his mentor, William Thayer Tutt. Bush served in that role for 17 years. In recognition of his 45th year of service to USA Hockey and commemorating his contributions to the greatest game on earth, the organization dedicated its national headquarters in Colorado Springs as The Walter L. Bush, Jr. Center in June of 1999. Bush retired as a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Council in May 2008 after a 23-year stint, the last 14 years as a Vice President of the organization. He served on numerous committees within the IIHF, including Chair of the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey Committee, the IIHF Inline Hockey Committee and the Selection Committee for the IIHF Hall of Fame from its inception. As chairman of the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey Committee, Bush was instrumental in organizing the first IIHF Women's World Championship. He also led the initiative that made women's ice hockey a medal sport in the Olympic Winter Games in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. Too many accolades to list, here are a few standouts: In 1973, he received the NHL's Lester Patrick Award in recognition of his outstanding service to ice hockey in the U.S. He was enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980 and, in 1989, was elected to the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame. An inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 2000, Bush was later elected to the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2009. Bush received the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee in 2002, the highest honor of the Olympic movement awarded for distinguished contributions in the cause of sport. When Walter's life went into overtime, he met the next love of his life, Kathleen "Sis" Bush. They were best friends and he loved to say: "With Sis' legs and my brains, we make a pretty good team." Sis' beauty, strength and strong will were a perfect match for him. Walter was a dedicated family man, a loyal friend to many, a savvy world traveler, an exceptional golfer, a mediocre captain of his boats, an avid sports fan and always the guy in the room you wanted to laugh with and stick by his side. He savored life and was tireless filling his days and nights with his cherished friends, enjoying golf and boating, and discovering new ways to bring people together to share in the fun. His intelligence, sense of humor, wisdom, sharp mind, advocacy and quiet way of helping those in need will never be forgotten. He will be missed by his thousands of friends all over the world and especially by his family whom he deeply loved. Survivors include his wife Kathleen "Sis" Bush; sons Walter III and Steven Bush Minneapolis (Jasper and Madeline); daughter, Anne (David) Hanson, Englewood, CO (Lilly and Adelaide); nephew, Robert Bush, Minneapolis; and niece, Tori Bush Pajeski of Great Barrington, MA. Special thanks to caregivers Jennifer and Steve Benson and Camille Schultz as well as long-time friend, assistant and confidant, Mary Ann Wadsworth. In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring Walter may be made to: USA Hockey Foundation, 1775 Bob Johnson Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80906; and/or Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, 920 E. 28th St., Ste. 100, Mpls., MN 55407. Memorial service will be held on Oct. 4th at 11:00a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 6820 St. Patrick's Lane, Edina, MN. www.GILLBROTHERS.com MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612 861 6088
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Published in Pioneer Press from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2, 2016

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BECK, James  
Passed away on September 18th, 2016 peacefully from a head injury. Survived by wife, Joyce of 63 years; children, David Beck (Becky), Nancy Ross (David), Vicki Mayer, Pat Beck, and Cindy Bliss (Vic); also 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Preceded in death by daughter, Susan; great-grandson, Colin Ehrreich. Memorial Mass 11 am Monday, September 26th with visitation one hour prior at The Church of St. Patrick's, 3535 E. 72nd St., Inver Grove Heights. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. It was Jim's wishes that in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society or Masses for the deceased. www.robertsfuneralandcremation.com
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Published in Pioneer Press on Sept. 25, 2016
BENSEN, Brandon C.  
Age 27; of Hastings Son, Grandson, Uncle Died 9/22/16. Preceded by grandfather George Carlsness. Survived by his parents, Scott & Dorothy; siblings, Theresa (Don) Nash, Angela (Jerry) Bergeron & Nadine Bensen; grandparents, Connie Carlsness, Charles & Ida Bensen; nieces & nephews, Ashley Lobe, Reilly Bergeron, Hunter & Hannah Nash; also aunts, uncles, other relatives & friends. Memorial Service 2 p.m. Tuesday, 9/27/16 at Our Saviour's Ev. Lutheran Church, 400 W. 9th St., Hastings with visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. 651-437-9419
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Published in Pioneer Press on Sept. 25, 2016
BIXBY, Edward Kirker (Ned)  
Ned Bixby, 80, died on September 6, 2016 at the N.C. Little Hospice in Edina, Minnesota, from complications arising after a fall while visiting family in upstate New York. Ned was born in St. Paul on October 25, 1935, to Paul and Katharine, and grew up in St. Paul alongside older brothers Bill and Pete. It was in St. Paul that he first met many lifelong friends, including his wife-to-be, Marlene. Ned attended St. Paul public schools, graduating from Central High School in 1953, where he was a varsity swimmer. Ned graduated from Dartmouth College in 1957, where he was active with Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the Dartmouth Glee Club, and earned a Master's degree at the Thayer School of Engineering in 1958. Ned was a spirited and lifelong supporter of both Dartmouth and Thayer, and worked hard to make both stronger since the day he graduated. Ned was married on August 1, 1957 to Marlene Heger, with whom he recently celebrated 59 years of marriage. After graduate school, Ned joined General Mills, where he invested his entire 40-year professional career in varied roles across operations, purchasing, marketing and sales, based in Chicago, Toronto, Toledo and Minneapolis. Ned retired as the senior vice president of sales and distribution in 1998. Upon retirement, and in partnership with Marlene, Ned became a driving force for several high-impact organizations, most notably World Vision, the West Wisconsin Land Trust and Partners in Food Solutions. Through World Vision, Ned and Marlene have supported construction and maintenance of seven schools in central Africa through which more than 7,000 young Zambians have passed since 2001. Ned led two family expeditions to visit several of the schools, and had recently begun planning his third visit to Africa. Though Ned was a devoted Minnesotan, he spent much of every summer at family cabins on Love Lake near Danbury, Wisconsin, and recent winters among close friends in Bonita Springs, Florida. Ned was a longtime member and deacon of the Colonial Church of Edina. Above all, Ned was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was most content when surrounded by his immediate and extended family, and was a loyal friend to many throughout his life. Ned's vigorous laughter, zest for storytelling and energetic planning skills built and sustained an extraordinary web of true friendships over many decades. Ned is survived by his wife Marlene, of Bloomington; children Anne, of Edina, Scott (m. Kerry Bixby) of Ft. Worth, and Tim (m. Heather Myers) of New York City; grandchildren Ben Miller (m. Julia Miller) and Mackenzie Miller, Scott and William Bixby, and Kate and Jack Bixby; sisters-in-law Audrey Bixby, of Brielle, New Jersey, and Lizzi Heger, of St. Paul. All are welcome to attend a celebration of Ned's life on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Avenue, Edina, MN 55424. There will be a reception immediately following at Edina Country Club. The family encourages support for the following organizations in lieu of flowers: West Wisconsin Land Trust ( www.wwlt.org ), N.C. Little Hospice ( www.littlehospice.org ), or Friendship Village/Bloomington Foundation Scholarships.
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Published in Pioneer Press from Sept. 11 to Sept. 25, 2016
BOELKE, Brian P. "Nick"  
Beloved Father & Grandpa Age 54, of West St. Paul. Passed away on September 22, 2016. Preceded in death by infant son, Logan; father, Gary; step-father, William Werb; 1 brother; and faithful dog, Izzy. Survived by children, Travis (Jackie), Amanda (Mike) Totzke; grandchildren, Ethan, Liam, Aubrey, and Quinn; mother, Elizabeth Werb; mother of his children, Kelly; 10 siblings; and many other family and friends. Funeral Service 7 PM Sunday, September 25th at Klecatsky & Sons Southern Chapel, 414 Marie Ave., South St. Paul (651-451-1551). Visitation 4-7 PM Sunday.
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Published in Pioneer Press from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25, 2016
BOGOTTY, Gladys B. (SKAAR)  
Age 92 of St. Paul Passed Peacefully on September 18, 2016 Graduate of WBL HS class of 1942 and Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing class of 1946. Preceded in death by husband, Joseph; brothers, Melvin, Arthur, Irvin, and Gordon Skaar; sister, Leona Hemenway; and nephew, David Hemenway. Survived by daughter, Linda Olson of St. Paul; grandchildren, Eva (Matt) Frank, Katie (Luke) Neuman, Reed (Katie) Olson, and Ryan (Claire) Olson; and 19 great grandchildren. Memorial service 11AM on Tuesday (9/27) at Grace Lutheran Church, 1730 Old Hudson Road, St. Paul with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Interment Fort Snelling. Memorials preferred to the church or any charity of donor's choice. Special thanks to all staff of St. Anthony Park Home for their loving kindness and exceptional care.
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Published in Pioneer Press from Sept. 21 to Sept. 25, 2016
BRICKZEN, Virgil A.  
US Army Air Corps WWll veteran. Age 93 of St Paul. Passed away September 19, 2016. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by wife Rita of 66 years, children Pam (Jim Pertz), Pat (Brent Laqua), Connie (Tom Cocchiarella), Linda (Bob Steinhibel), William Brickzen (Susan) and Joan (Scott Audette). Also survived by 11 granchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral service will be held on Monday, September 26 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2119 Stillwater Ave E., St Paul. Visitation is at 9:30 and Mass at 10:30. Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
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Published in Pioneer Press on Sept. 25, 2016
BROWN, Harold W. "Harry"  
Age 78 Passed away on September 15, 2016 Preceded in death by brother Koester; son David; and great-grand daughter Miah. Survived by his loving sister Alberta Childs; and his children Heidiann Gaffney (Ron), Todd (Dhel), Catina Sager (John), John, Timothy, Gregory (Jennie); 17 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Harry served in the USAF from 1958-1962. In 1999 he retired from Cemstone Concrete then moved to Wasilla AK where he was a proud member of the Susitna Valley American Legion Post 35. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 4-8 pm at N. St. Paul American Legion Post 39. Memorials preferred.
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BUSH, Karen Kay (Tobeck)  
Born 1957. Died September 21, 2016. Survived by husband Terry, daughter Sarah; sister, Lynne Zimmerman; brother, David Tobeck. Preceded in death by parents, Vincent and Dorothy Tobeck. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 10:00 a.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 4030 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis; visitation 9:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Peace Hospice.
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BAKEWELL, LeRoy R. "Lee"  
Of Las Vegas formerly of St. Paul C.E.O. of Real Estate Dynamics (R.E.D.), real estate investor/manager and an avid sailor. Survived by children Troy (Heather), Derek, Tara (Eric Neumann), Donald (Keri) and his cat Dexter; grandsons Sean and Nick; former wife of 48 years & mother of his children Mary. Visitation Sunday from 3 to 7 PM at O'Halloran & Murphy-Woodbury (8700 Valley Creek Road, Woodbury, MN 651-702-0301). Additional visitation with sharing of memories Monday at 10 AM at O'Halloran & Murphy Woodbury with burial to follow. A great man who lived one hell of a life! We love you Dad!
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