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Preston Walz


Preston Walz, age 16 of Mahnomen, MN died suddenly of natural causes on Monday, April 15, 2013 at Sanford Health in Bagley, MN.

Preston Lee Walz was born on August 14, 1996 in Detroit Lakes, MN, to Anitra Walz and Richard Thompson. As a youngster, Preston lived in various communities with his mom before they settled in Mahnomen. He attended both elementary and high school in Mahnomen, where he was a proud Mahnomen Indian playing both basketball and football. Preston was always busy working odd jobs with friends, doing yard work, picking rocks, and helping neighbors. In 2011, Preston started dating Cali Dukek and they have shared two wonderful years together. Since the fall of 2012, he had made his home in Bagley.

Preston had a huge heart and an awesome personality. He was able to make friends everywhere and truly cherished those closest to him. He was especially protective of his sister, Audra, and had a special place in his heart for all little kids. He liked to go hunting, enjoying the time with family while in the woods and out at Pinehurst Lake. Preston was a dedicated athlete and was most often found in the gym working out and lifting weights. He was also talented artist and created beautiful drawings. He loved to hang out with friends, go to movies, and shopping trips to Bemidji, MN. Preston also enjoyed playing guitar and listening to music, as well as playing Play Station III and video games. Above all, Preston loved spending time with Cali. His time was too short and he will be missed by many.

Preston is survived by his mother, Anitra Walz (Isaac Littlewolf) of Mahnomen; his girlfriend, Cali Dukek of Bagley, MN; his siblings: Audra Walz and Anthony Littlewolf of Mahnomen, Anthony Hank of Minneapolis, MN, Richard A. Thompson and Dayna Thompson of White Earth, MN, Kendall Thompson, Harrison Thompson and Irene Thompson all of Naytahwaush, MN, and Desiree Thompson of Callaway; his maternal grandparents, Rick and Rhonda Walz of Mahnomen; paternal grandma, Debra Johnson of White Earth; two uncles, Nic (Amanda) Walz of Ogema, MN and Jeff Walz of Frazee, MN; Cousins; Cade, Kyra, Matthew, Zachary, Stormy and Hayley; as well as many extended family members and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard; one half brother, Devin Thompson; his paternal grandpa, Harris Thompson; and all of his great grandparents.

Funeral Services will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Mahnomen Public School Elementary Gym.

Public visitation will begin at 4:00 on Thursday at the school.


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