Linguist and professor Ron Chastain dies at 79

Later, academics became central to his professional life, but it also opened up a new understanding of family.

Expert and advocate for iconic monarch butterfly has died

59 minutes ago
Lincoln Brower, who was considered one of the foremost experts on the iconic monarch butterfly and a scientist who advocated for the declining species' protection, has died. He was 86.

Former Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis dies at 77

2:45pm
Former longtime state Senate President Mike Ellis, a legend in Wisconsin politics known for his tinted glasses, bad toupee and encyclopedic knowledge of the state budget, died Friday.

obituaries features

  • In Memoriams

    Remembrances of those who have gone. To place a notice, call 612-673-4130

  • Email Alerts

    Set up an email alert and receive notification when an obituary is published.

  • Funeral Home Directory

    Find a funeral home and get more information by visiting their website.

Movies
July 19

Airman who inspired 'Good Morning, Vietnam' film has died

Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film "Good Morning, Vietnam," has died. He was 79.
TV & Media
July 19

Marcia Chambers, former AP and Times reporter, dies at 78

Marcia Chambers, a reporter who covered high-profile crimes for The Associated Press and The New York Times, wrote a book about discrimination by golf clubs and later in life founded an online news site covering her Connecticut hometown, has died. She was 78.
TV & Media
July 19
Tad Selzer — “Brother Tad” as he was known by many — became a co-host of the Rockhouse on KFAI-FM in 1992.

Moved by music, lawyer Tad Selzer found a new rhythm as KFAI radio host

Known to listeners of "The Rockhouse" as Brother Tad, Selzer had a passion for soul, blues and jazz, and a profound knowledge to match.
Stage & Arts
July 18

Gary Beach, who won a Tony in 'The Producers,' dies at 70

Gary Beach, a Broadway and TV veteran whose portrayal of a truly terrible theater director in Mel Brooks' monster hit "The Producers" won him a Tony Award in 2001, has died, according to his agent, Steven Unger. He was 70.
National
July 18

Body of Secret Service agent who died during Trump trip returning to US

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects Wednesday to the family of a Secret Service agent who died in Scotland while supporting their overseas trip.
Local
July 17

Leland Lillehaug, longtime musician and educator at Augustana University, dies at 91

The airy sounds hummed through the house, climbing scales and spearing tricky rhythms until the woodwind player began to fumble. “Blow!” the teacher said. “Blow!”…
Nation
July 16

AP editor Sue Manning dies; gave world LA's biggest stories

Sue Manning, an editor in the Los Angeles bureau of The Associated Press who for decades coordinated coverage of some of the nation's biggest news including the Los Angeles riots, the Northridge earthquake, the death of Michael Jackson and the O.J. Simpson saga, has died, her family said Monday. She was 71.
National
July 16

John A. Stormer, popular right-wing author, dies at 90

John A. Stormer, a religious leader and right-wing activist whose self-published Cold War tract "None Dare Call It Treason" became a grassroots sensation in 1964 and a rallying point for the emerging conservative movement, has died at 90.
Nation
July 15
This undated photo provided by Emilie Matthias shows a photo of her son Garrett Matthias in a hospital as he receives treatment for a rare cancer in I

'See ya' later, suckas!' Iowa 5-year-old's obituary pulls nation's heartstrings

"Funerals are sad," he said. "I want five bouncy houses (because I'm 5), Batman and snow cones."
North Metro
July 14

Teacher, educator and administrator Susan Brostrom Romane dies at 54

Romane, who taught English and occasionally let out a schoolmarmish scold, died June 30 at age 54 after a three-year battle with cancer.
Music
July 14
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2007 file photo, Nancy Sinatra Sr. smiles with Paramount Pictures producer A.C. Lyles, as they attend the unveiling of a 10-ft

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101.
National
July 13

Pioneer of hard-nosed US politics, Tom Ellis, dies at 97

A storied conservative political operative and central adviser to former Republican U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms has died.
National
July 13

Minister: Ex-Iowa Gov. Ray hoped legacy would inspire others

Former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray's legacy as a savior to many Vietnam War refugees and as a political centrist who might have a tough time being elected today was remembered Friday at a funeral in the church where he met his wife.
Obituaries
July 12
Star Tribune social media producer Rachel Chazin, shown in 2016.

Rachel Chazin, Star Tribune social media producer, dies at 27

Proud to be a journalist, she also found humor in everyday moments that helped feed her online posts.
National
July 12

Former Congressman from Georgia Pat Swindall has died

Former congressman Pat Swindall, a Republican trailblazer in Georgia before his political career was derailed by a perjury conviction, has died at age 67.
National
July 12

Nathaniel Reed, tireless environmental advocate, dies at 84

Nathaniel Pryor Reed, a tireless environmental advocate who helped craft the U.S. Endangered Species Act, has died in Quebec. He was 84.Adrian Reed told The…
Movies
July 11

Filmmaker who helped bring Hemingway papers to light dies

A documentary filmmaker and therapist who played a key role in getting a trove of Ernest Hemingway's papers hidden in Cuba made available to the public has died.
South Metro
July 10

Scott E. Burpee, restaurant worker who loved a good prank, dies at 57

Scott E. Burpee wasn’t too keen on spinach. But he loved peanut butter, English muffin pizzas, orange pop and a good prank. The best days…
Business
July 10

Daughter: Utility rep told about mom's illness in June visit

A utility company representative was told about a 68-year-old woman's medical condition about a month before she died after her electricity was turned off because of a past due balance, the woman's daughter said Tuesday.
Nation
July 10

Sam Esposito, NC State coach and ex-White Sox, dies at 86

Sam Esposito, the North Carolina State baseball coach who played in the 1959 World Series for the Chicago White Sox, has died. He was 81.