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Milton O. Running March 31, 1929 - Jan. 4, 2013

Milton O. Running March 31, 1929 - Jan. 4, 2013

APPLETON - Milton Running, 83, of Appleton died on Friday at Appleton Area Health Services.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, 11:00 AM, at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan with Pastor Bruce Berg officiating. Interment will be at Kviteseid Lutheran-Milan Methodist Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the ALS Society or Swift County Hospice.

Visitation will be on Monday, 5 to 7 PM, at Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning.

Milton Oscar Running was born March 31, 1929, in Chippewa County to parents Oscar and Margaret (Erickson) Running. He was baptized and confirmed at Kviteseid Lutheran Church in Milan. Milton graduated from Milan High School with the Class of 1947.

On December 18, 1953, he entered the US Army and served until his honorable discharge on November 28, 1956. April 2, 1955, Milton was united in marriage to Delores M. Bersie at the First United Methodist Church in Appleton. In 1957 Milton and Delores began farming. They farmed in Edison and Appleton Townships from 1957 until 1983. In 1982 Milton was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and was unable to continue farming.

He was a member of Milan American Legion Post No. 359, Appleton VFW Post No. 4955, and Kviteseid Lutheran Church where he had served on several of the church’s boards. Milton enjoyed fishing trips, Tuesday night bowling league, their cabin on Lake Scandinavia, playing cards, and wintering in Mesa, AZ 1984-2004.

Milton taught patience and dignity in day-to-day living situations living with a terminal illness. He had a great sense of humor and loved a good story. Milton had a great love of the land, love of home, and a great love for family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Delores, of Appleton; four daughters: Cathy (Ted) Albers of Appleton, Julie (Randy) Barnes of Alexandria, Carol (Arvin) Fisher of Rochester, and Susan (Dirk) Foster of Vienna, Austria; nine grandchildren: Paul Albers of Burnsville, Brent (Ammie) Albers of Thief River Falls, Gregory (Jani) Barnes of Raleigh, North Carolina, Emily Barnes and Megan Barnes both of Alexandria, Jake Fisher of Grand Forks, ND, Laura Fisher of Rochester, Katelyn Foster of Seattle, WA, and Malia Foster of St. Paul; sister Iola (Arden) Pearson of Milan, brother-in-law Merlyn Bersie of Appleton; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Preceding Milton in death are his parents, Oscar and Margaret Running; his siblings: Orvil and Judy Running, Ruby and Melvin Sundahl, and Alva and Cleo Clauson; and his sister-in-law, LaVonne Bersie.