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David Lee Royalty, age 68 of Minneapolis, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Friday, July 3, 2020. He was born January 14, 1952 in Minneapolis, the son of William and Jeanne (Swanson) Royalty.

David enjoyed working at Functional Industries in Buffalo and ProAct in Red Wing and the friends and purpose that it gave him will never be forgotten.

David was genuinely loved by many!

He is preceded in death by his wife, Louise Royalty; and parents, William and Jeanne Royalty.

David is survived by his siblings, Dan (Ann) Royalty, Barb (Ralph) Lindenberg, Debbie (Ray) Olson; nieces and nephews, Steve (Lisa), John (Jenny), Beth (Levi), Jason (Angie), Ryan (Jamie), Michelle; aunt, Dorothy DuCharme; and other family and friends.

A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hope Academy’s Reading Program: 2300 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

A special thank you to all the social workers and caregivers who helped David along the way. Your care and love shown to him is greatly appreciated.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362.

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Duane Allen Winkler “Wink”, age 85 of Crystal, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020. He was born February 19, 1935 in Annandale, the son of Emil and Sarah (Heaton) Winkler.

Wink was a 1953 graduate of Annandale High School. He was a 40 year employee as a crane operator at Williams Steel and Hardware in Minneapolis. Wink was also a proud MSRA member.

On January 15, 1955, Duane Winkler and Yvonne Hayes were united in marriage.

Wink was a lifelong car enthusiast, enjoyed hunting, and dearly loved his dog and cats.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Donald and Clayton.

Wink is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne Winkler; sons, Don (Marcie) Winkler and Brian (Rita) Winkler; and many family and friends.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 11:00 AM, with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we ask that all attendees abide by social distancing regulations and practice safe precautions by wearing a mask if planning to attend the celebration of life.

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Bernadine Merna Beyer (Sipe), age 89, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Bernadine was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth, Warren and Clifford Sipe; sisters, Genevieve Kohnen and Isabel Beyer.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Beyer; sister, Betty Muehlbauer; daughter, Patrice Rambow; grandchildren, Melissa Schellenberg and Amanda Marmas; and great-grandchildren, Colin, Amelia and Ethan.

She enjoyed traveling, family genealogy, and keeping in touch with friends.

Join us in a celebration of her life on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, with a time of sharing at 5:30 PM, at The Peterson Chapel, 300 Main St N, St. Michael, MN.

A special thank you to the staff at Urbana Place for your loving care of Bernadine.


Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we ask that all attendees abide by social distancing regulations and practice safe precautions by wearing a mask if planning to attend the celebration of life.

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Dianne Marie Dayon, age 67 of Maple Grove, passed away unexpectedly on April 6, 2020.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Isabelle (Striebel) Dayon.

Dianne is survived by her brothers, David (LeAnne) Dayon and Jack (Kathi) Dayon.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 7/16/20, at 10 AM at the Church of St. Anne in Hamel, MN. Interment to follow.


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February 20, 1930 – June 28, 2020

Vernie Carl Payne, age 90, of rural Buffalo passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at his residence.
He was born on February 20, 1930 on the Hamilton farm in Maple Lake Township, Wright County the son of Emery J. & Frieda M. (Stoppelman) Payne.
Vernie was baptized on April 30, 1930 at The Presbyterian Manse in Buffalo.
On December 23, 1950, Vernie C. Payne and Yvonne J. Isaacson were joined in holy marriage in Buffalo. Reverend K. Alvar Persson performed the ceremony. God blessed their marriage with five children.
Vernie honorably served his Country in The United States Navy from January 15, 1951-January 13, 1953.
He worked for Vic Corron for many years. Vernie later owned and operated VCP Backhoe and engaged in septic systems and tiling.
He loved cars and anything with a motor. His car collection included two 1992 Chevrolet Caprice wagons, a 1995 Impala SS, a 1931 Model A, 1930 Cadillac LaSalle, a 1937 Chevy Coup, 1938 Chevy Street rod, 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster, 1957 Chevy and a 1976 Camero.
Vernie also farmed his whole life until three years ago.
He belonged to Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.
Survived by his children Randy Payne, Tobin (Barb) Payne, Robyn (Doug) Patri, Vanessa (John) Koshak and JoLinda (Mark) Elletson; grandchildren Ryan (Katie), Nathan (Erin), Mitchell (Krystle), Benjamin Patri and special friend Katrina, Ashley (Bernard) Lang, Amber Patri and special friend Ricky, Alicia Nelson, Malinda (Zach) Gahm, Easton Paulsen, Levi Elletson and Silvonna Elletson and special friend Dean; 15 great grandchildren; a brother: Orval (Leah)Payne; many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his loving wife Yvonne on April 9, 2016, his parents, infant twin sisters, infant brothers: Leo and Gordon; brothers: Marvin, Roland, Roger and Clyde.
Funeral Services for Vernie Payne will be held on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Pastor Dave Hoadley will officiate.

Interment with military rites Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.
A visitation will be held at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo from 4-8 P.M. on Wednesday, July 1st. Further visitation will be held on Thursday morning, July 2nd one hour prior to services at the church.
Honorary Casket Bearers will be John Koshak, Doug Patri and Mark Elletson.
Casket Bearers will be Ryan, Nathan and Mitchell Payne, Levi Elletson, Benjamin Patri and Kolton Payne.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

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December 2, 1932 – June 27, 2020


Elwood Alfred Rentz, 87, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2020. He was born on December 2, 1932 to Ray and Helen Rentz.

He attended Buffalo High School and enjoyed basketball. He proudly served in the United States Army participating in the Korean Conflict serving as military police.

He was joined in holy marriage to Carol Witte on August 24, 1957 at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. He was an amazing, supportive father that provided for his three children whom were raised on the family farm near Rockford. He never missed his children’s events, showing his love and support for us. One of his favorite things was fishing, which led to many family trips salmon fishing to Lake Michigan or walleye fishing on Mille Lacs. As a family, we enjoyed going to our trailer home on Lake Pulaski on the weekends as soon as he arrived home from work. There he enjoyed waterskiing, using homemade skis. Deer hunting was a yearly family tradition on the farm. He loved flying and even bought and put together and flew his own ultralight airplane. In his next life, we see him becoming a pilot and flying planes.

He spent most of his working career at Red Owl in Hopkins, working in the warehouse for 31 years. He and Mom did daycare for the three grandchildren Sam, Molly and Charlie who he treasured immensely. After retirement, he and Mom enjoyed traveling to Arizona for many years where they met up with friends from Red Owl.

He is survived by loving wife Carol; sister Delores Hanson; children Mike (Francoise), Mark (Pam), Marcy (John) Kapsner; grandchildren Sam (fiancé Callie), Molly, and Charlie; other relatives and friends.

A Private Family graveside service for Elwood Rentz will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford. Pastor Michael Barlow will officiate.