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Our 2016 event honors the memory
of Darlys Every - 1940-2016

Born August 1, 1940, Died August 17, 2016

Darlys graduated with the class of 1959 at Brainerd High School. He also graduated Junior college in 1961 and John Rinde. He met the love of his life Sandra while she was a student at St. Cloud State University. Sandra had noticed a photograph of her future husband in one of her friends dorm rooms and wanted to know who he was. The two began writing to one another and she couldn't wait to meet him. They went on a triple date one night and when Sandra seen him with his green and white sweater, with brown eyes and red hair she was smitten. They were married June 2 1962 and just celebrated 54 years of marriage this year.

They have 3 girls Glenna, Darla and Denise. They also have 7 grandchildren.

Darlys was an agent for American Family Insurance since 1968 and recently retired.

Darlys loved sports. He loved going to basket ball games with his cousin Clem at the College and high school. He also loved his baseball. His dream as a child was to be a professional baseball player but, he got polio when he was just 12 years old. His parents always made sure he could do things he enjoyed.

In recent years he helped raise enough money to build the Miracle Field at Bane Park here in Brainerd. He wanted everyone with special needs to have the opportunity to play baseball.

Click here to read entire obituary at The Brainerd Dispatch

Our 2016 event also honors the memory
of Eugene Sobieck - 1954-2015

Born Saturday, February 6, 1954  Died Thursday, December 10, 2015

Eugene "Gene" Sobieck of Brainerd passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital on Dec. 10, 2015. He was born on Feb. 6, 1954, in Minneapolis. After high school he joined the Army. Following that he lived with his parents in Pequot Lakes. He was paralyzed while working construction in 1987. After the accident, he resided in Brainerd and was taken great care of by the staff of Good Neighbor Home Health Care.

Eugene enjoyed fishing at Camp Confidence with Fishing Has No Boundaries, playing cards, feeding the critters and goofing off with his great nephews and nieces.

Our 2015 event honors the memory
of Caitlin "Caity" Daudt - 1992-2014

Caitlin "Caity" Daudt, age 21, of Backus, MN, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014. She was born on October 14, 1992, in Brainerd, MN. Caity graduated as Valedictorian of her class from Pine River-Backus High School as well as earning her Associates Degree in 2011. She recently graduated from University of Wisconsin Superior with a Bachelors Degree in both Chemistry and Biology and a minor in Broad Field Sciences. 

She was currently employed as an Apprentice at Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District and was to take a field position with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota in the next two weeks. Caity had recently been training for the Pack Test in order to be a smoke chaser for the DNR and was in the process of doing her final dives for her scuba certification. 

She was planning to attend graduate school to pursue her PhD in Ethology/Animal Behavior, and then hoped to work in Southeast Asia or Brazil. She was also planning for her wedding that would have taken place in May. Caity was an organ donor and has donated her corneas through the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank. 

She was an outstanding humanitarian, friend, lover and protector of nature and had an unending curiosity for knowledge.

Our 2015 event also honors the memory
of Larry Magel - 1941-2015

Lawrence Thomas Magel Sr. "Larry" Born February 10, 1941, Minneapolis, MN. Entered into eternal sleep peace-fully on the 26th of January 2015 after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson's at the VA Medical Center, St. Cloud, MN. Larry graduated from North High School Minneapolis, MN. He joined the United States Army March 1958 and served honorably until May 1968 with a discharge rank of Sergeant (E-5). During his military service he spent over 4 years overseas in Panama completing three tours of duty in Viet Nam. He worked at the U.S. Post Office driving the "big Rigs" and as a Machinist at Wrico Stamping. Larry loved gardening, cribbage, bowling and fishing. He participated in many FHNB events over the years.  Click here to read more details.

 

Our 2013 event honored the memory
of Frank T. Caswell - 1937-2013

Frank T. Caswell

Frank T. Caswell, 75, Nisswa area resident, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at his home. He was born Feb. 23, 1937, in Brainerd to Thomas and Frances (Taylor) Caswell. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1961 until his honorable discharge in October 1962. Frank and Colleen Parker were married in Brainerd on Dec. 7, 1968.

Click here to read more details.

 

 

Our 2012 event honored the memory
of John Huhta - 1934-2012

John “Johnny Jay” Huhta, 77, of Pillager died on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at his home.  Johnny Jay was born October 9, 1934, in Duluth, MN, the son of Wesley and Mae (Herrala) Huhta. Johnny Jay’s love of music started early. Before learning to play the guitar and banjo in high school, Johnny played the saxophone. At 17, he and his band, “The Sunnysiders” had a radio show in Duluth. He served his country for a time as a combat engineer in Korea, before returning stateside and returning to music. “Smokey Mac and The Yellowstone Valley Boys” recorded one of his songs. In 1956, he formed “The Shuffle Kings” with his younger twin brothers, Max and Mike. They played many night clubs in the Midwest area before settling in Nashville, TN where they landed on tour with Hawkshaw Hawkins and Jean Sheppard. With the help of Ernest Tubb, Johnny Jay was signed by independent producers who recorded their songs. Mercury records acquired the masters and released “Tears” and “Sugar Doll” in the fall of 1957. In their November 18, 1957 issue, Billboard Magazine picked these songs as potential hits in all three categories, country, pop and rhythm and blues. During his career he was able to share the stage with many, including: Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Buddy Knox, Jim Reeves, Dave Dudley, Claude King, Wynn Stewart, and many more. Johnny Jay continued to write songs and occasionally perform throughout his life.   Johnny Jay was also inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame where you can see more photos and read more about his musical career.

John was an integral part of our chapter since 2004 when John volunteered as a boat captain and his wife Pat volunteered as a nurse. They have been actively involved ever since.  John shared his musical talents with our participants and volunteers for many years leading an evening of entertainment and sing-alongs.  He also sang the National Anthem for many of our events at the opening ceremonies.  We will miss his enthusiasm and all that he did to bring joy to others.  We are pleased to say that Pat will continue to be with us as one of our nurses.

Our 2010 event honored the memory of Peter Kmit - 1931-2009

Peter Kmit was born on August 7th, 1931 and passed away on November 6th, 2009, just 2 days before his 51st wedding anniversary. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend lrene, his children, Taras, Paul and wife Kathi, Larysa and husband Justin, and his grandchildren, Michael, Tyler, Elyzabeth, William and Andrew. He also leaves behind 2 brothers, nieces, nephews and a host of other friends that all miss him dearly.

Family was a very important part of Pete's life. He always did whatever he could to help his family in any way. His door was always open and so was his heart. He loved his grandchildren and was thrilled to have gone on a fishing trip with his 2 oldest grandsons, Michael and Tyler in August 2009. Peter also enjoyed quality time with his younger grandchildren Elyzabeth, William, and Andrew watching them 1 afternoon a week.

We know Peter is watching over all of us today and humbled that you have chosen him to honor this year. He was well liked by all he knew him and his smile was contagious. He very much enjoyed his yearly fishing get-away's  to Brainerd.

 Thank You,

Larysa Karkoc
Pete's Daughter

Click here to read the entire obituary.

Our 2009 event honored the memory of Ron Kristofferson -1945-2008

A lifelong resident of Brainerd, Ron Kristofferson played a major role in the development of fishing as we know it today.  His passion for the sport not only included catching the big one, it also included research and development of equipment and techniques along with educating others on how to enjoy the lifelong sport.  Ron never took fishing for granted.

 Ron served in the US Marine Corps in Vietnam where he was decorated with three purple hearts.  He was a long time member of the famous Nisswa Guide League where he had the opportunity to share his passion with many others.  He also provided much community service in the Lakes Area and will be missed by his family and fishing friends.

 All the bait for this year’s event is being donated by S & W Bait so that Ron’s passion for fishing could be shared by many others.

Our 2008 event honored the memory of Tom Hunt - 1951-2008

NISSWA - Thomas Paul Hunt, age 57, of Nisswa, lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 9, 2008. He was born July 22, 1951, in Odebolt, Iowa, to John and Marion Hunt. 

He grew up and received his education in Odebolt and Denison, Iowa. The love of fishing brought Tom and Nancy to the Nisswa area, vacationing several times before they moved here in 1983 and built and operated the Viking Waterslide for 13 years. He was employed by Zercom in Merrifield, the Brainerd courthouse during tax season and did computer work for Car-Col Sewer for 12 years. Over the years, he completed 15,000 plus arrows for the What To Do Wheels. Tom fulfilled his love of fishing by guiding on Gull Lake for several years. His wife, Nancy, has been employed by Holiday in Nisswa for 21 years. He will be sadly missed by his relatives and the many friends he has made in the area over the years.

From the Brainerd Dispatch

Note: Tom's friends and family members made a significant donation to our chapter in memory of Tom.

Our 2007 event was held in memory of two very special people.

Tyler Magnan - 1985-2006

Tyler Timothy Magnan was born Sept. 10, 1985, in Lewiston, Maine, to Tim and Monique (Roy) Magnan. Tyler moved with his family to the Brainerd area in 1987. He graduated from Brainerd High School in 2004, and worked for Lind Construction. He was very proud of his accomplishments. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying many outdoor activities. Fishing was his passion and he especially enjoyed teaching others to fish. He volunteered at Camp Confidence in the "Fishing Has No Boundaries" program as well as in other programs taking children and disabled individuals fishing. Although his life was short, he made a lasting impression. He will be so greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. (From the Brainerd Daily Dispatch)

Bob Lock - 1953-2006

Bob was a volunteer boat captain in 2004 and 2005 at our event.  His family members have told us that he greatly enjoyed participating in our events and that was obvious as he was always cheerful and made some wonderful connections to our anglers.  We will certainly miss having him with us in 2007 as we know he planned to volunteer again. 

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Here's a photo of Bob with his crew in 2005.  Click on the image for a larger view.

Click here to see the 2005 group photo (Bob is in the 3rd row center)

Click here to see the 2004 group photo (Bob is in the upper left portion - green jacket)

Our 2006 event was held to honor the memory of 3 special people.


Kay Anderson - 1937-2005

Kay stayed at the Confidence Learning Center several times and greatly enjoyed spending time with her fellow group home residents while enjoying what the camp had to offer.  Kay wasn’t into fishing but she enjoyed time on the lake on Dave & Marian Anderson's pontoon boat as she visited their cabin many times.  Her brother (Dave Anderson) was inspired to start this chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries after having Kay and her fellow group home residents and staff on his pontoon boat two years in a row. 

    

Jack (John) Ott - 1928-2006

 “Jack lived his life for people”  “Jack was all about people.”  He had a unique ability to make everyone feel special and we were unique and special to him.  He found the good in people.  His ability to make you feel special would give you strength and self-confidence to achieve more and become a better person. Jack would encourage you, would support you, and believe in you.  With that belief, he found great delight in being a teacher, a coach and later an administrator and principal in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 33 years.

Jack and his wife (Judy) volunteered with us and were both always willing to do whatever was needed.  Judy will be joining us again this year as one of our volunteer nurses.
 

 

Richard (Dick) Grant - 1923-2006

Our chapter of FHNB was chosen as one of two organizations to receive memorials from the family and friends of Dick Grant.  Dick lived in Rock Rapids, IA but made frequent trips to his summer home on Ten Mile Lake for many years where he enjoyed fishing, golfing and spending time with his family.

His daughter (Carol Groenenboom) said:  "He was an avid fisherman on Ten Mile Lake for over 50 years and owned a home there since 1983.  He passed his love of fishing on to his family and we hope these memorials in his honor, will allow others to experience that joy".

Our heart-felt condolences and thanks go out to the family and friends of Dick Grant for their generosity and for continuing  on his legacy of caring for others.  Click here to read the entire obituary.

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