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Frank W. Mulder Oct. 24, 1922 - March 11, 2009

ST. CLOUD -- Frank William Mulder, 86, of Willmar died Wednesday at the St. Cloud Hospital.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar. Burial will be in the Holland Township Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 167 of Willmar.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by the Tri-County Funeral Home in Prinsburg.

He was born Oct. 24, 1922, in Parkersburg, Iowa, to George and Etta (Dresselhuis) Mulder. His family moved to a farm north of Prinsburg and he attended the Prinsburg Christian School. He worked for area farmers for several years and as a truck driver for Duininck Brothers before enlisting in the Navy during World War II. After his discharge, he attended a watch-making school in Kansas City, Kan. After completing school, he became an apprentice jeweler at Donner's Jewelry in Clara City.

He married Blenda Erickson on Aug. 20, 1950, in rural Watson. They moved to Benson and started Mulder's Jewelry and operated it for five years before moving to Cherokee, Iowa, and opening a jewelry store there. They purchased and moved to a farm near Kerkhoven in 1963. He moved back into the jewelry business later that year as a sales representative for C.R. Leeds and Company.

In 1967, he returned to full-time farming and was a breeder of registered swine. In 1973, he bred and raised the top selling boar at the National Barrow Show. They left full-time farming in 1983 and moved to Willmar. He farmed part time until his death. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by his children: Larry Mulder of Kerkhoven, Curtis Mulder of Atlantic, Iowa, Connie (and Ron) Johnson of Willmar and Linda (and Michael) Murphy of Shoreview; special friend Syrene Syverson of Willmar; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild and three brothers: Edward (and Liz) Mulder of Prinsburg, John (and Clara Mae) Mulder of Willmar and Edwin (and Luella) Mulder of Holland, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1991 and one brother.