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Lad A. Ourada June 18, 1912 - Nov. 27, 2008

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SPICER -- Lad A. Ourada, 96, of Spicer died Thursday at home.

The service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Willmar.

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He was born June 18, 1912, in Westline Township, Redwood County, to Anton and Rose (Benedict) Ourada. He graduated from Milroy High School in 1931, attended Mankato Business College and apprenticed as a blacksmith.

He married Mae Harlan on Nov. 24, 1938, in Storden. They lived in Walnut Grove their entire married life. He owned and operated Lad's Blacksmith (later Lad's Manufacturing and Repair) in Walnut Grove for 37 years. He was justice of the peace in Walnut Grove for 20 years, a member of the Walnut Grove Fire Department for 20 years and was president of the Minnesota Blacksmith and Welders Association for many years. At age 93, he was the oldest licensed bow hunter in Minnesota.

His first wife died in 1993. He married Beatrice Ronning on May 20, 1995 in Spicer. They lived in Spicer.

He is survived by his wife; two sons: Steven (and Bette) and Richard (and Vicki) of Walnut Grove; two brothers: Edward (and Arlis) of Walnut Grove and Anthony of Spencer, Iowa; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; his daughter: Rosalie Dehn; two sisters; and two brothers.

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