In Memory of each of our members who pass away, the MVMA donates $100 toward the purchase of a book for the Veterinary Medical Library at the University of MN to commemorate their career and honor their life.

Personal memorial contributions can also be made to the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation in honor of a family member, friend or colleague. A recognition letter is sent to the honoree's family.

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2015-2016 Memorial Updates

Dr. Sime, Donald L., "Don" Age 80, of Roseville, died on June 12, 2016. Owner of Suburban and Highland Veterinary Hospitals for over 40 years. He is preceded in death by his infant daughter Sarah. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Elaine; Children, Kara Sime (Ted Mackintosh) and Michael (Tara) Sime; grandchildren, Catherine Sime-Mackintosh and Eden Sime; sister, Janice Gordon and brother Dale Sime; brothers-in-law, Pastor Eric vanLeeuwen and Philip (Carol) vanLeeuwen. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the MN Veterinary Historical Society, the Sime family Scholarship Fund at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Roseville Lutheran Church. Roseville Memorial Chapel (651) 631-2727. Source:,-dvm.

Dr. Donna den Boer, of Minneapolis, MN, died on January 27, 2016 at the age of 88. She was proud to be one of the earliest women graduates from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Her Minneapolis home was also her office where she cared for any animal brought to her, often at no cost. She had a heart for the underdog, animal and human. She was a life member of the MVMA.  Survived by dear friend Victoria Judkins, long-time assistant Mary Williams as well as caring staff at Redeemer Health and Rehabilitation. 

Dr. Mylo Hagberg of Faribault, MN, died on February 8, 2016 at the age of 85. Dr. Hagberg graduated from Faribault High School with the class of 1948. Following high school, Mylo began his 30+ year military career in 1948, retiring from the U.S. Army in 1986. On November 10, 1951, he was united in marriage to Lucille Johnson in East Chain, MN.  He was a life member of the MVMA. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Hagberg of Faribault; son, Robert (Carol) Hagberg of Farmington, MN; daughter, Roxanne (Mike) Laskey of Houston, TX; and many other relatives and friends.

Dr. Thomas Fleming Wetzell Sr.,died November 22, 2015. Age 83, of Albert Lea, formerly of Wells, MN at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Tom (Doc) was born April 1, 1932 in Sterling, IL, the son of Lyle and Ruth (Fleming) Wetzell. Tom was united in marriage to Jean Hawkins in Milledgeville, IL. He graduated in 1956 from Iowa State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He started his own practice in Alden in 1956. In 1972, Tom purchased the Wells Veterinary Clinic which grew to become South Central Veterinary Associates. He was awarded Minnesota Veterinarian of the Year in 1987. Tom was a loyal member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Wells. His strong faith was demonstrated by his participation in the church choir and the Promise Keepers men's group. Tom was also passionate about his community, where he was an active member of the Wells Lions and the Wells Area Food Shelf. He loved his time at the family cabin on West Jefferson Lake, and was an avid fisherman. Tom had a generous heart and a love for life and his family. 
Tom is survived by his children: Tom (Cleveland), Steve (Minnetonka), Tricia Christopher (Jackson, MN).  He has 6 grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Jean

Dr. Rodney Charles Hanson, died on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2015, at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. He was born on May 20, 1930, in Winthrop, where he graduated from high school in 1948. He then attended the University of Minnesota, where he received his undergraduate degree and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1954. After serving as a veterinarian in the U.S. Army, he moved to Dodge Center and started the Dodge Veterinary Clinic in 1958. Rod was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Delores Catherine (Puppe) Hanson. He is survived by his four children, Todd (Mary Jo) Amani, Lynn Hanson, Scott (Robin) Hanson and Mark Hanson. Doc, as he was affectionately known, provided veterinary services to farmers and pet owners in Dodge Center and neighboring communities, and added additional veterinarians to the practice as it grew. He was an active member of the community, serving for many years on the school board and Lions Club, and helped develop and support the Dodge Country Club, where he played many rounds of golf and tended to bluebird houses during the spring hatching season. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and birdwatcher, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Dodge Center Dodgers, the Triton Cobras, and the Gustavus Adolphus basketball team, as well as the Gophers, Vikings and Twins. Together, Rod and Delores traveled around the world throughout their lives — to Africa, Central America and Scandinavia, among other places. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to Oxbow Park in Byron, Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Farmington, or Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center.

Dr. Lyle E. Trout, died July 10, 2015. He practiced mostly large animal medicine in Lamberton for more than 35 years. Dr. Trout was a member of the MVMA. He was a founding member of the Lamberton Lions Club and was active with the 4-H Club and National FFA Organization. Dr. Trout served in the Navy during World War II and was a member of the American Legion. His wife, Bernice; three daughters; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren survive him. Dr. Trout’s son-in-law, Dr. Davis J. Kirkpatrick (Minnesota ’72), and grandson, Dr. Nathan J. Kirkpatrick (Minnesota ’11), practice small animal medicine in Cokato, Minnesota. His granddaughter, Janna M. Sorg, is a secondyear veterinary student at the University of Minnesota. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post #41, Lamberton, MN 56152.

Dr. James W. Kahl, died on June 24, 2015, at Lake Winona Manor, Winona, MN. James is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Jenny (Geneive) Burgess; daughter, Jane (Michael) Voelker, Winona; son, Jack Kahl.

James attended Winona public schools and graduated valedictorian from Winona Senior High School in 1938. He attended St. Mary’s College from 1938-1940 and 1945-1947. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1951, with doctorate in veterinary medicine.  He was a Air Force pilot during WWII.

After the war, James graduated from Michigan State University in 1951, and returned to Winona with his wife, Jenny, to establish his veterinary practice. In 1960, he built the Kahl Animal Hospital and continued to treat large and small animals until 1968. At that time he became director of research and development for the Agricultural Division of Watkins Products, Inc., until he semi-retired in 1985, and continued to consult for five years.  In 2002, James became a volunteer for the Winona Area Human Society. He was also active on the Winona City Council.

James was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Veterinary Medical Association, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association. He was also a member of the Redmen Club, Eagles Club, Winona Lodge #18 A.F.&A.M., Osman Shrine and Athletic Club.

Dr. James “Jim” Henry Waage, died on March 28, 2015Most of his younger years were spent in Morris, MN but he also lived in Langdon, ND for several years with his family. He graduated from Morris High School in 1976 and then attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1980. He attended Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA the next year. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1989 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. On September 29, 1990 he was united in marriage to Jean Hollenstein at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in St. Paul Park, MN. They made their home first in Melrose and then Glenwood, MN. He practiced large and small animal medicine at the Melrose Veterinary Clinic and also enjoyed working with dairy nutrition for Land-O-Lakes and West-Con. Since 1999 he co-owned and worked with his wife Jean at Glacial Ridge Veterinary Clinic in Glenwood, MN. 
Jim was a member of the AVMA and the MVMA and his Church Youth Board. He enjoyed playing City League Basketball, marathon running, playing guitar and trombone and singing. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and sons Christian and Matthew of Glenwood, MN.

Dr. Milton P. Crenshaw,  died at his West St. Paul home on February 14, 2015 at the age of 71.Dr. Crenshaw graduated from Tuskegee Institute School of Veterinary Medicine in 1966. He began the Animal Medical Clinic of St. Paul in 1973. He served on the Minnesota Veterinary Examining and Licensing Board from 1983 through 1989. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. He is survived by his children, Marc (Aprill) Crenshaw of Chicago, IL and Ruby Crenshaw of South St. Paul.

Dr. George Duane O'Neill, 76, of Winthrop, died Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Winthrop.  Dr. O’Neill is survived by his wife, Kathleen O'Neill of Winthrop and his four children. He attended college at Kansas State University where he attained a degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. George served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1957-1963. He was united in marriage to Kathleen Walz on February 11, 1961 at Zion Lutheran Church in Winthrop. George worked for Dr. John Eckstein in Sleepy Eye from 1967 until 1975 when he established his own practice in Winthrop where he specialized in Dairy Herd Health. George was an active member of each community he lived in. While in Sleepy Eye, he was a member of the St. John's Church and School Board of Education, Sleepy Eye Saddle Club, and  the MVMA. Later in life when he established his practice in Winthrop he was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Winthrop Honor Guard, Winthrop Health Board, Community Ed, Winthrop Opportunities, and the Winthrop Game Protective League. He was also a devout member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop. George will be remembered by many for his community involvement and his dedication to the clients he served.

Dr. Derald W. Johnson, age 91, of Plymouth, formerly of Benson, passed away on January 18, 2015. Veteran and Aviator, U.S. Navy, and longtime owner of Brooklyn Park Pet Hospital. He was the veterinarian for Hennepin County Animal Humane Society. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen and daughter, Cynthia Romey. He is survived by his children, David (Janet), Sandra (Stephen Gray), Richard (Karen Hawkins), Nancy (Yared Nerayo), Steven, and Robert (Lhea Lecy).

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