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Obituaries: July 15, 2022


Timothy Warpula
Timothy A. Warpula passed away on July 9, 2022. Tim was born in Aitkin in 1961 and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Babbitt in 1980. In Tim’s honor, a Celebration of Life will be held on July 23, 2022, at the Hide-a-way Bar in Babbitt, from 2 – 5 p.m. The celebration will include a potluck luncheon and a cash bar. Tim loved Harley’s, and to honor that memory, Tim will take his final ride at 5 p.m.
Wearing many hats throughout his life, Tim worked in construction and maintenance for Gruhn Backhoe and Tiling and Fortune Bay Resort and Casino. Most recently, Tim enjoyed working with Lori at Bullseye Cleaning and was very proud of their work and the number of people in need they could help.
Tim is survived by his wife Lora (Cornwell) Warpula, parents Alvin and Carol(Grandahl) Warpula, sister Cindy Warpula, brother-in-law Glen, daughter Jennifer (Jeff) Sanders, step-son Davis (Jess) Cornwell, and a very special furry friend named Rascal. Tim also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews who lovingly referred to him as “Uncle T” and countless other family and friends.

Douglas W. Padgett
Douglas William Padgett, 87, of Virginia, formerly of Tower-Soudan, Cloquet and Lake Vermilion, died of COVID complications on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at Edgewood Senior Living in Virginia. Doug had been a member of the famed Flying Finns track team of Embarrass. The Padgett family wishes to thank the staff of Edgewood Senior Living and Caring Edge Hospice for their compassionate care and concern. A memorial service was held on Thursday, July 14 at Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia. Private inurnment was in the Waasa Cemetery in Embarrass. Family services were provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.
He is survived by his children, Liz Stevens of Lake Vermilion and Virginia, Paul (Karen) Padgett of Cloquet and Ruth (Kevin) Boedigheimer of Cloquet; grandchildren, Zebulon Stevens, Sarah (Keith) Knudson, Hannah (Bjørn-Áge) Haugen, Jory Taft, Natalia Padgett, Leah Boedigheimer and Isaac Boedigheimer; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Charlotte Haavisto of Virginia and Gayle (Dave) Joki of Mt. Iron; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

John G. Hancock
John Gary Hancock, 75, of Virginia, died on Friday, July 8, 2022, at Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Virginia Ward. Visitation will continue on Friday, July 15 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at the church. Burial will take place in the Forbes Cemetery. Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. 
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan Marie Takala Hancock; children, Jason (Julie) Hancock and their sons Logan and Landon of Angora, Heidi (Bill) Leigh and their children Alexander, Preston and Morgan of Forest Lake, Aaron (Jessica) Hancock and their children Ashley, Andrew, Ethan and Jacob of Loganville, Ga., Jared Hancock and his daughters Madelyn and Amelia of Fayal, William (Debbie) Hancock and their children Vincent and Keelin of Cornelius, N.C.; siblings, Janet (James) Churchtown, Jim (Debbie) Hancock, Jerry (Suzanne) Hancock, Jay (Heather) Hancock and Jeff (Cyndi) Hancock; brothers-in-law, Jon Koski and Jack (Rhonda) Chiocca; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy J. Budris
Dorothy Jewel Crawford Budris, 93, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at Solvay House in Duluth. Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 14 at Grace Lutheran Church in Ely. Arrangements were entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
She is survived by her daughters, Jana Su Planton (Suzie) and Amy (Terry) Soderberg; grandchildren, Alison (James) Richards, William (Katharine) Planton, Gail (Andy) Guck and Jay Soderberg; great-grandchildren, Avery and Zoey Planton; step-great-grandchild, Bailey Potter; sister, Barb (Ron) Schulte; sister-in-law, Zelpha Crawford; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Matt Smrekar.

David Oberg
David Oberg, 74, of Pike Township, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Chisholm. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. 
He is survived by his sons, Jeremy and Shane Oberg.