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Ervin Strey Feb. 1, 1919 - Sept. 1, 2009

BIRD ISLAND -- Ervin Strey, 90, of rural Bird Island died Tuesday at his home.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bird Island. Burial with military rites will be at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Bird Island.

He was born Feb. 1, 1919, in rural Renville to August and Hannah (Seehusen) Strey. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He married Marion Kreamer on July 7, 1951, in Bird Island. They farmed north of Bird Island until retiring in 1978.

He is survived by two grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; siblings: LuVerne (and Shirley) Strey, Walter (and Ruth) Strey, all of Bird Island, Elaine Larson of St. Cloud and Adeline Wieland of California.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2003; daughter: Bonita Ann Strey; three brothers; and two sisters.