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Obituaries: July 24, 2020

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Kenneth W. Barby
Kenneth “Ken” Wayne Barby, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at his home of natural causes. A memorial and family reunion will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
Ken was a devout son, loving brother, and beloved father and uncle. He was born and raised in International Falls by Charles and Dorothy Barby. He loved living in northern Minnesota and remained here his entire life, retiring after a hard-worked, full career as a lead lineman with Minnesota Power. He later settled in Ely with his significant other, Linda.
Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sports, especially hockey. He enjoyed family and many friends and was a clever conversationalist and skilled sportsmen. He will be greatly missed.
Ken is survived by two daughters, Lee Taylor and Danielle Barby (Jeff Walker); grandson, Andrew Walker; two brothers, Ronald Barby and Richard Barby (Marcia Stoddard); nieces, Alexandra Barby and her children, Heather Barby, and Jessamine Barby; nephew, Jeremiah Barby; aunt, Mary Jane; other extended family; and many lifelong friends, including fellow outdoorsman and family friend, Tony Belak. Not to be left out and greatly loved is his dog, Casey Wayne, who was a comforting companion. Ken was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his beloved father and mother; many aunts, uncles and cousins; other family and friends. Also preceding him in passing was Linda.

Alan W. Ketola
Alan William Ketola, 55, of Buhl, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, June 25, 2020. A private service to remember Al will be held for family only. Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.
Known by friends and family as Al, he graduated from Tower High School in 1982 and Florida State University in 1988. He held many different jobs in his younger years, managing a band in Atlanta, working for a video production company in Las Vegas, and doing custom car painting and auto body work in Virginia. He later took a position with Delta Airlines in Chisholm, where he worked for almost 20 years until his retirement several years ago.
Al had many hobbies and interests over the years. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and enjoyed deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing and trapping. He enjoyed photography, reading, writing, learning about Native American history and customs, and collecting Native American artifacts. He was also passionate about music, particularly heavy metal.
Al had many other nicknames including Riverman, The Owl, and T.A. Riley. Highly intellectual, creative, rebellious and articulate (when he chose to speak), Al was “Always Watching” and had a sharp wit and irreverent sense of humor. He was fiercely independent, resisted social norms, and forged his own path in whatever he did. His independent spirit will be remembered, and missed, by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his sisters, Carrie (Ted) Lewis of Virginia and Katherine (Mike) Lapic of Minnetonka; brother, Harold (Lori) Ketola of Independence; six nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Becky Ketola.

Linda Rae Dale
Linda Rae Nevala Dale, 67, of Warroad, formerly of Embarrass, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at home surrounded by her loving family. A special thank you to the hospice team for the wonderful care they provided and to Kecia Stroot for officiating the service. A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 at the Nevala farm, 7731 Hanka Nevala Rd. in Embarrass.
She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Dale of Warroad; daughters, Tia (Scott) Moyer and Cari Hoffman, both of Warroad; grandchildren, Mikaila of Scottsdale, Keegan of Warroad, Jaron of Warroad, Korbyn (Taylor Moser) of Red Lake Falls, Kanon of Warroad and Jayce of Warroad; first great-grandchild due in November; father, Robert Nevala of Embarrass; brothers, Lyle Nevala of Duluth and Steve Nevala of Chaska; in-laws, Norman (Wanda) Dale, Robert (Laura) Dale, Rodney (Chris) Dale, Gary (Kathy) Dale, Craig (Karen) Dale, Gwen (Craig) Keskitalo, Tammie (Kjell) Lysnes and Wayne (Kathy) Dale; along with several nieces and nephews.

Dennis LaFollette
Dennis LaFollette took his final portage on July 12, 2020, following a car crash outside of Ely. Private graveside services are planned at the Ely Cemetery. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
He is survived by his daughter, Andria LaFollette of Green Bay, Wis.; brother, Gary LaFollette of Ft. Dodge, Iowa; and long-time girlfriend, Michelle Seliga of Ely.

Darrell Williams
Darrell Williams, 52, of Embarrass, died on Friday, July 17, 2020, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Funeral arrangements are with Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora.

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