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William Ferrell

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July 9, 1938-Feb. 16, 2009

Former Frazee-Toad Lake area resident William "Bill" Ferrell 70, of Battle Lake, died Monday, February 16, 2009.

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William "Bill" Ferrell was born on July 9, 1938 in Fergus Falls. He was the son of Alva "Swan" Ferrell and Anna (Spanswick) Kimber. He attended Battle Lake School and grew up in the Battle Lake area until joining the Army in 1956. Upon returning from the army he moved to South St. Paul, where he met the love of his life at the South St. Paul Montgomery Wards Store.

Ginger and Bill were married on Feb. 20, 1959 and made their home in South St. Paul. He enjoyed spending weekends racing his stock car for several years around Minnesota and Wisconsin until 1962, when they moved to Inver Grove Heights.

Bill worked for Montgomery Wards for 30 years, and managed stores in Northfield, Anoka and Stillwater until his retirement in 1988. In 1990, Bill and Ginger moved to Frazee and purchased the Toad Lake Store, which they ran together as Bill & Ginger's Toad Lake Store & Tavern for 11 years, having enjoyed all of the memories of the very special friends and times they had with them there.

Bill then started doing spring planting and fall harvest work for RD Offutt, where he made many friends and enjoyed the time he spent running equipment and doing fieldwork. He always looked forward for the next year's work.

Bill spent his time at his farm at Battle Lake taking care of his horses, enjoying the outdoors and deer hunting, and all his special hobbies. He taught his family how important family was, as he devoted his whole life to them and showed them how to live the life to the fullest and enjoy the important things in life. He was very devoted to his wife, son, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and they were all very important to him.

He was very active in the community, having served as president of the Wolf Lake Lions, vice president of the Ottertail Lions and as an active member of the Ottertail Rod & Gun Club.

He was one of the founding members of the Smokin' Iron Truck & Tractor Pull Committee. He was in charge of the VIP area, which led to several awards for Smokin' Iron Truck & Tractor Pull, including winning "Track of the Year" for their hospitality. He was well liked by all of the pullers and people with the NTPA. He and Ginger enjoyed traveling to Urbana and Columbus, Ohio, Tomah, Wis., and South St. Paul to attend other tractor pulls and conventions.

He is survived by his wife Ginger; son Terry Ferrell of Menahga; two daughters, Tammy (Steve) Quade of Frazee and Vicki Ferrell of Battle Lake; four grandsons and four granddaughters; seven great grandchildren; and a brother, Arlon (Lenora) Kimber of Long Prairie.

Preceding Bill in death were by his father, Alva "Swan" Ferrell; mother, Anna Kimber; stepfather, Guy Kimber; and brother, Robert Kimber.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at the Belmont Funeral Home in Henning, continuing for one hour prior to the start of Saturday's funeral at the church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Evergreen, Frazee.

Burial will be at the Girard Cemetery by Henning, with a fellowship and lunch to follow at the Ottertail Community Center. Arrangements are being provided by Belmont Funeral Home in Henning.

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