Kermit Ueland

June 19, 2014

obit UelandOct. 17, 1939 – June 6, 2014

Kermit Julian Ueland, age 74 of Brookings, S.D., passed away Friday, June 6 at the Brookings Hospital. Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16 at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Eidsness Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D.
Kermit Julian Ueland was born Oct. 17, 1939 in Hendricks to Lewis and Bertha (Sommervold) Ueland. He was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Hendricks. He attended Hendricks Public School, graduating in 1958. Four days after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an Army medic in Hawaii until being honorably discharged in 1960.Following his service, he moved to Minneapolis, where he worked at the Hotel Leamington for seven years. While living in Minneapolis, Kermit married Sharon (Anderson) Ueland in 1964.
Kermit and Sharon moved to Brookings, S.D. in 1967. He then started working at South Dakota State University as a custodian. He worked at SDSU for the next 34 years, retiring in 2001.
Kermit was a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings and especially enjoyed watching the games with his grandson Ciaran. He was also an avid reader and could often be found reading American history and the Bible. Kermit treasured time spent with his family and loved to exchange funny stories with them over coffee.
For many years, Kermit was a supporter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and St. Joseph’s Indian School.
Kermit is survived by his brother Harris (Charlotte) Ueland of Marshall; his children, Lori Ueland of Brookings, S.D. and Stacey (Lorcan) Ueland-McGuinness of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one grandchild, Ciaran McGuinness of Sioux Falls, S.D., and many cousins. He is also survived by his former wife Sharon Ueland, and her daughter Mary Beth, both of Brookings, S.D., and many loving in-laws of Colorado and the Republic of Ireland.
Kermit was preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Bertha, his baby brother Lovaine, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his ever faithful dog Shelsie.

Tommy Johnson

June 12, 2014

Tommy Johnson picFeb. 26, 1934 – June 1, 2014

Tommy Johnson, age 80 of Hendricks, passed away on Sunday, June 1 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel in Hendricks with Pastor Allen Molascon officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel. Burial was at the Hendricks City Cemetery with military honors by the Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 195 of Hendricks.
Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Thomas Gilmore Johnson was born to Gilmore and Mary (Sommervold) Johnson on Feb. 26, 1934 in Hendricks. He was the youngest of nine children. He attended school and graduated from Hendricks Public School in 1953.
In 1956 Tommy met and pursued Hendricks’ newest lab tech, Elaine Ann High. In 1957 Tommy served in the U.S. Army in Germany and his new wife and love of his life Elaine joined him after their marriage on Oct. 20, 1957. They returned from Germany and he worked for the Hendricks Farmers Creamery for years while also selling cars.
It is still close to tell which is greater—the number of cups of coffee he consumed, card games he played or the number of miles he’s driven in his 60-plus-year car dealing career.
Tommy survived many ups and downs during his life, but he kept his smile and his never-give-up attitude. Tommy loved life, and loved Elaine and his family very much.
Tommy was a car dealer’s-dealer and a salesman at heart. He would sell anything that wasn’t nailed down. He enjoyed selling cars, driving, playing Bingo and card games, stopping for coffee and hanging out with his grandson Noah.
Tommy is survived by Elaine; children Crystal (companion Erik Brown), Tim (friend Sam Martin), Jennifer Vande Griend (Jason) and Gaylene Johnson; grandchildren Thomas, Allyson and Noah Hamling; step-grandchildren Joel (Sara) Vande Griend and Jocelyn Vande Griend; one step-great-grandchild he didn’t get to meet, Brendan Vande Griend, and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents Gilmore and Mary Johnson; brothers Edwin Sommervold, Glen Johnson and Robert Johnson; sisters Dawn (Bob) Stockwell and Delores (Bud) Stave and Loretta Johnson in infancy; sister-in-law Agnes Johnson; nephew Terry Larson; great-niece Amy Dirnberger; and many dear friends and drivers who became part of the family—Raymond and Kenny Sommervold, Irwin Ronning, Little Tom Trooien, Dennis Wistinski, Earl Krier and, last but not least, his most frequent and valued car buyer Arnold Digre.

Cheryl Kjergaard

June 6, 2014

obit Cheryl KjergaardSept. 24, 1955 – May 27, 2014

Memorial services for Cheryl Kjergaard, age 58 of Lake Benton, were Saturday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Memorial visitation was Friday, 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the church. Burial was in Diamond Lake Cemetery, rural Lake Benton.
She died Tuesday, May 27 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send online condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Cheryl Ann Kjergaard was born Sept. 24, 1955 to Robert and Phyllis (Monahan) Kuhn in Tyler. She was baptized and confirmed at Lake Benton United Methodist Church. She grew up in Lake Benton and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1974, where she was Homecoming Queen. After high school, she completed the floral design program at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and worked at Bofferding Flower Shop in Marshall. On June 7, 1975 Cheryl married Steve Kjergaard at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Their union was blessed with three children and 38 years of life together. The couple made their home and raised their family on the farm north of Lake Benton. Cheryl worked at Cenex Harvest States and at First Security Bank in Lake Benton. In June 2013 she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She fought a courageous battle and remained optimistic with life through it all. On Tuesday, May 27, Cheryl passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the age of 58.
Cheryl was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton and a member of the Lake Benton American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, scrapbooking, flower gardening and design. She especially loved time spent spoiling her two grandsons, Brody and Drake.
Cheryl is lovingly remembered by her husband Steve of Lake Benton; her children, Lance Kjergaard of Lake Benton, Cody (Andrea) Kjergaard of Kulm, N.D. and Kristi (Matt) Eickhoff of Lake Benton; grandsons Brody Eickhoff and Drake Kjergaard; mother Phyllis Kuhn of Lake Benton; siblings, Sandy (John) Cornelius of Whittier, Calif., Jeff (Linda) Kuhn of Winona, Linda (Larry) Englund of Brandon, and Joan (Tedd) Johnson of Rowlett, Texas; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Kuhn.

Philip Krier

May 29, 2014

obit Philip Krier pic 2April 18, 1944 – May 19, 2014

Philip Krier, age 70 of Hendricks, passed away on Monday, May 19 at his home in rural Hendricks.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22 at Brookings Christian Church in Brookings, S.D. with Rev. David Manley officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Hendricks City Cemetery. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Philip Martin Krier, son of Bill and Velva (Warner) Krier, was born April 18, 1944 in Hendricks. He grew up on a farm southeast of Hendricks in Shaokatan Township. He graduated from Hendricks High School with the Class of 1962. He continued farming with his dad and brother Earl after graduation. A special time in Phil’s life was helping Harry Nielsen on his farm.
For Phil it was love at first sight and he was united in marriage to Nona Vaselaar on Jan. 5, 1966 in White, S.D. Together they were blessed with six children. After their marriage he continued farming until 1986. He then worked for Starry and Bowes Construction from 1986–1991. In 1991 he began at Brookings Wal-Mart and retired in July 2013.
In the fall of 1973 Phil was immersed into Jesus and later in life recommitted his life to Christ. Phil showed his love by quiet actions, continual giving and asking nothing in return.
Some of Phil’s interests included deer hunting, trapping, gardening, bird watching and playing Pinochle and horseshoes. Hunting for asparagus in road ditches and watching the weekly specials at the grocery stores was also enjoyable for Phil. He loved to stock the refrigerator, freezer and shelves. Some of his greatest joys were raising six children, camping and fishing and spending time with his 20 grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared Phil’s life is his wife of 48 years, Nona Krier of Hendricks; his six children—Kevin (Michelle) Krier of Sioux Falls, S.D., Kyle (Susan) Krier of Ivanhoe, Kaylene (Wayne) Resmen of Brookings, S.D., Keith (Dawn) Krier of Hendricks, Korisa (Micah) Eidem of Brookings, S.D., and Kolyn (Katie) Krier of Hendricks; 20 grandchildren—Kauryn, Hunter and Haley Krier, Preston Alderson, Ethan, Anna and Jadyn Krier, Kaitlin, Weston, Wyatt, Kandis and Walker Resmen, Courtney, Cole, Carter and Claire Eidem, Hadley, Joeve, Keithten and Kolten Krier; two sisters, Helen Olson and Lois Olson, both of Hendricks, plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Earl Krier; two brothers-in-law, Wayne Olson and Kenneth Olson; and one infant granddaughter, Madellin Krier.
Phil chose to be on home hospice so he could be surrounded and cared for by his family.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials.
Blessed be his memory.

Erma Ferguson

May 29, 2014

obit Erma Ferguson pic2Feb. 19, 1911 – May 25, 2014

Erma Ferguson, age 103 of Canby, passed away on Sunday, May 25 at Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby with Pastor Janet Kettering officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at St. Stephens Cemetery, rural Canby.
Birk Funeral Home of Canby is entrusted with the arrangements.
Erma Viola Ferguson was born on Feb. 19, 1911 in Canby to parents Walley and Hansena (Anderson) Dodge. Her family had the Dodge Hotel and Livery Service in Canby before moving to Hendricks to farm.
Erma was united in marriage to Lawrence Ferguson on Feb. 10, 1945 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Canby. After their marriage in 1945 they purchased a farm on the edge of Canby and had lived there until entering Sylvan Court Nursing Home in 2010. Erma and Lawrence raised a foster child, Jimmy Hertrich, for 15 years. Erma worked outside the home for many different places in Canby such as restaurants, Lindrud’s Dime Store, cooking at the school, catering and operating a daycare for 30 years. She was also 4-H leader in Hansonville Township.
She enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, embroidery and traveling. Erma and Lawrence loved going to auctions to visit and buy various items. Together they also enjoyed square dancing at the Bohemian Dance Hall. She enjoyed helping on the farm and especially raising her chickens that provided eggs for income for many years.
She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby, the Sons of Norway and the Hammer Township Busy Bees.
Grateful for having shared Erma’s life is her husband of 69 years, Lawrence Ferguson of Canby; four sisters-in-law—Betty Ferguson of Canby, Alice (Mike) Takashima of Seattle, Wash., Irene A. Ferguson of Canby and Mrs. Kermit Ferguson of Canby; three cousins—Ardis Julian, Mavis Anderson and Arjorie Reynolds, and numerous nieces, nephews, Godchildren and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Doris (Harold) Pearson.
Blessed be her memory.

Stanley Sather

May 15, 2014

obit Stanley SatherJuly 3, 1914 – May 8, 2014

Stanley Sather, age 99 of Madison, passed away on Thursday, May 8 at the Madison Lutheran Home. Funeral services were held on Monday, May 12 at 11 a.m. in Garfield Lutheran Church south of Madison. Rev. Bruce Bringle officiated at this service. Special music was provided by Stanley’s nieces and nephews. Congregational hymns were sung with Jane Stoks at the organ. Casketbearers were Robert Lideen, Ray Johnson, Lee Sather, Mark Sather, Jeffrey Cogswell, Philip Peterson and David Sather. The concluding service and burial were held at the Garfield Lutheran Cemetery. A public prayer service and visitation were held on Sunday in the Chapel of the Zahrbock Funeral Home.
Stanley Kay Sather was born on July 3, 1914 to parents Sigfred and Mary Alice (Kay) Sather at their farm home near Madison. Stanley was baptized at Garfield Lutheran Church and confirmed his faith at the Hamlin Evangelical Methodist Church south of Madison. He attended rural school in District 106 Garfield Township and continued his education at the University Farm School in St. Paul. Stanley farmed with his brother Fred in Garfield Township for several years. On June 17, 1939 he was united in marriage to Charrie Johnson in the Arendahl Lutheran Church of rural Peterson. Stanley and Charrie moved to their farm home in Garfield Township where they made their home and raised their family. Stanley and Charrie moved to Madison in 1999.
In his lifetime Stanley was always very active in church and community. He served his church in many ways—on church boards and teaching Sunday School, he was a 4-H leader and a member of the Madison Elevator Board. He raised purebred hogs and sold certified seed. Stanley found much enjoyment in horses, as they were very special to him.
Left to mourn his death are his children Dean (Lois) Sather of Madison and Joan Larson of Hendricks; six grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren—Beth Hatch, Isaac, Caleb and Emma of Houlton, Wisc.; Jodi Sather, Logan and Samuel Tykwinski of Eagan; Ryan (Melissa) Sather, Grace, Jana and Wyatt of Moorhead; John Sather (Angela), Alexandria, Ezekiel, Amos, Gabriel and Tatum of Madison; Jedd (Annika) Larson, Mara, Sonna and Svea of St. Anthony, and Sara (Mike) Woodruff, Aasta and Sigg of Roseville; brother Donald (Kay) Sather of Denver, Colo. and sisters Florence Cogswell of Minneapolis and LaVonne (Tom) Moore of Delaware, Ohio; sister-in-law Eileen Sather of Madison; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Vera and Robert Gahnz of Rushford, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Charrie in 2008, his daughter Cheryl in 2004, brothers Orville, Elwood and Fred Sather; his sister Stella Peterson and his son-in-law Lanford Larson.

Lucille Lindemann

April 14, 2014

obit Lucille LindemannFeb. 7, 1922 – April 6, 2014

Funeral services for Lucille Lindemann, age 92 of Ivanhoe, formerly Lake Benton, will be Thursday, April 10 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. John’s Immanuel Cemetery at a later date.
She died Sunday, April 6 at Divine Providence Nursing Home in Ivanhoe.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Lucille Norma Lindemann was born Feb. 7, 1922 in Lake Benton, the daughter of Theodore and Louise (Feske) Schardin. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Lucille was raised on her family’s farm and attended grades 1-8 in a one-room country school, graduating from Lake Benton High School in 1939.
As a young woman, she moved to Washington, D.C. and took a job with the U.S. Department of Commerce. She worked there as a secretary and enjoyed her life in that city, making lifelong friends and memories. After living there for 10 years she returned home to Minnesota.
On June 13, 1953 Lucille was united in marriage with Elmer Lindemann at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. They settled on the family farm where they raised their four children. Lucille was well known among her neighbors and friends for her homemade bread, cinnamon rolls and doughnuts, and could always throw on “a little lunch” at a moment’s notice.
She eventually returned to the workforce as a nursing assistant at Divine Providence Hospital and Home in Ivanhoe. She took great pride in her work and even trained new aides who still speak highly of her.
Lucille and her husband were able to enjoy many retirement years together. She loved taking day trips to Sioux Falls, going for walks and watching Twins baseball. Lucille thoroughly enjoyed being a grandmother and loved a good soap opera and a good thunderstorm. She also kept busy with her embroidery, creating many keepsakes for her family.
In December 2009 Lucille became a resident at Divine Providence Nursing Home. Even though her memories faded, she was still quick to laugh and was always kind. She passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 6 at the age of 92 years, one month and 29 days.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children—Linda Konn and Jeff of Marshall, Alan Lindemann and Cindy Jorgenson of Lake Benton, Lori Lindemann of Rosemount and LuAnn Zellmer and Richard of Waseca; five grandchildren—Jeremy, Jamie and Joshua Lindemann, Jessica Simar and Emily Konn; nine great-grandchildren; her sister Viola Hansen and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, six brothers and three sisters.
We will miss her.

Lillian Folkerts

March 27, 2014

obit FolkertApril 9, 1931 – March 17, 2014

Lillian E. Folkerts, age 82 of Marshall, passed away on March 17. A memorial service was held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshall on Friday, March 21 at 11 a.m.
Lillian was born to Peter H. and Pearl M. (Christianson) Kosberg on April 9, 1931 in Hendricks. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Free Church. She graduated from Hendricks High School in 1949. Lillian was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshall.
In 1950 she married Ted H. Folkerts. Together they spent a life in the Air Force, making their home wherever they were stationed, from Spain and Germany to stateside bases. She enjoyed making new friends and taking care of her family. She also enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, and her activities with church and school.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Ted, her parents, brothers Harvey Kosberg of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Peder (Evelyn) Kosberg of Mankato and sisters Rae (Erwin) Christianson of Missoula, Mont., Janyce (Don) Bylander of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Joyce (Bob) English of Anchorage, Alaska; and brother-in-law Orville Rockman of Marshall.
Survivors include her children, Rodney (Diane) Folkerts of Rapid City, S.D., Sheila (Mike) Anderson of Freeport, Me., and Sonja (Bob) Ransom of Vancouver, Wash; grandchildren, Michael (Carrie) Anderson, Gregory (Heather) Ransom, Rachel Ransom and Cristopher Ransom; and great-grandchildren Endre and Lars Anderson and Jordan Ransom. She is also survived by her sister Anne Rockman of Marshall, sister-in-law Arlene Kosberg of Sioux Falls, S.D., nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lillian leaves her special friends of Hill Street Place and Vancouver, Wash.
Lillian will be interred beside her husband at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.

 

Rose Ann Eastman

February 21, 2014

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May 6, 1949 – Feb. 10, 2014

Rose Ann Eastman, age 64 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Monday, Feb. 10 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with the Rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery near Wilno. Birk Funeral Home of Ivanhoe is entrusted with the arrangements.
Rose Ann Jerzak was born on May 6, 1949 in Hendricks to parents Donald and Bernice (Tomas-zewski) Benz. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Cantius Catholic Church. She graduated from Hendricks High School in 1967.
Rose Ann was united in marriage to Jim Eastman on Dec. 23, 1967 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. To this union they were blessed with three children, Ryan, Kristina and Joshua. She worked for Divine Providence Hospital for a number of years before starting a daycare in her home. She cared for children in her home for 38 years.
She enjoyed doing word searches, reading, cooking and baking cakes and cake decorating. She enjoyed her time spent with her daycare children and especially with her grandchildren. Attending kids’ activities and sporting events over the years was a joy to Rose Ann.
She was a lifelong member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church, where she was a member of St. Theresa’s Circle and the Rose of St. Ann Rosary group.
Grateful for having shared Rose Ann’s life is her husband of 46 years, Jim Eastman of Ivanhoe; her three children— Ryan (Jessica) Eastman and their children Luke and Pierce of Stewartville, Tina Eastman of Ivanhoe and Joshua Eastman of Ivanhoe; her mother Bernice Benz of Hendricks; brothers and sister, Richard (Josie) Benz of Sioux Falls, S.D., Allen (Beverly) Benz of Canby, David (Kari) Benz of Sioux Falls, S.D., Sandra Giles of Willow Lake, S.D., Todd Benz of Hendricks and James (Sharla) Benz of Hendricks; brothers-in-law Paul Sterzinger of Ivanhoe, Dean (Marlene) Eastman of Ortonville, and Ted (Shari) Eastman of Ivanhoe; sister-in-law Karen (Ken) Lipinski of Ivanhoe and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Donald Benz, one sister, Geraldine Sterzinger, and her mother-in-law and father-in-law Luke and Emma Eastman.
Blessed be her memory.

Calvin Christensen

February 7, 2014

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July 10, 1924 – Jan. 1, 2014

Calvin Christensen, age 89 of Canby, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the Good Samaritan Society in Windom.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 4 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby with Rev. Janet Colby officiating. Military honors were provided by Canby Military Honor Guard and Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 195 of Hendricks. Online registry at www.birkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Canby.
Cal was born July 10, 1924 on the family farm in Shaokatan Township, Lincoln County, the son of Merton and Lillie (Jensen) Christensen. He attended country school District 39 through sixth grade. His family moved to Hendricks and Cal graduated from Hendricks High School in 1942. He worked for the Farmers Co-op Creamery in Hendricks and Swift Co. in Marshall before entering the U.S. Navy in July 1943. While in the Navy, he attended U.S. Navy Training School for Electricians Mate at the University of Minnesota. He was stationed aboard the USS Fulton AS11 as a submarine tender in the South Pacific until he was honorably discharged May 1, 1946 and obtained the rank of electricians mate 2nd Class. While in the Navy, he also played in the ship’s band.
Cal married Audrey T. Thompson on Nov. 4, 1945 and to this union four children were born— Monica, Charles, Paul and Todd. Audrey passed away in 2004. He married a long-time family friend, LaVonda Eggen, on Oct. 6, 2007. Cal worked in the electrical industry for more than 50 years. Some of the places he worked were Service Electric in Hendricks, District Rep. for General Minnesota Utilities Co. in Hill City, he owned and operated Cal’s Electric in Hendricks, Maintenance Electrician at Kraft Foods in New Ulm and electrical instructor at Canby Area Vo Tech, now Minnesota West Canby Campus, until his retirement.
He was a member of the Minnesota Electricians Assoc. for a number of years and served on the Education Committee. Cal was a life member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as Commander at the Hendricks Legion and Canby Legion. Cal was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and sang in the choir over 50 years. He loved old cars and was an amateur restorer. He enjoyed football, baseball, fishing and camping, but most of all loved his family.
He is survived by his wife LaVonda of Windom; daughter Monica Orren (friend Brad Scott) of Granite Falls; two sons, Paul of Kooskia, Idaho, and Todd (Lisa) of Canby; sister-in-law Valerie Christensen of Preston; stepchildren, Larry Eggen of Storden, Renee (Lee) Wyffels of Troy, Mo., and Deb (Doyle) Mattson of Windom; ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, first wife Audrey, son Charles Sr., sister Francis (Harold) Dorn, brother Gene (Barbara) Christensen, sister Ramona Bailey, son-in-law, Dale Orren and one great-grandchild, Jaston.