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Paul G. Strandberg Aug. 21, 1927 - June 22, 2013

Paul G. Strandberg Aug. 21, 1927 - June 22, 2013

KERKHOVEN - Paul G. Strandberg, age 85 of Kerkhoven died peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Funeral service will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Kerkhoven Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. Visitation will be from 5-7pm on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Kerkhoven and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

Paul Goodwin Strandberg was born August 21, 1927 in Svea, Minnesota, the son of Reuben and Flora (Euling) Strandberg. He moved with his family to a farm near New London. He attended country school and graduated from New London High School in the class of 1945. Paul attended college at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter and the Minnesota School of Business.

Paul was united in marriage to Joyce Peterson at Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Pennock in 1953. The couple lived in New London where Paul worked at Concrete Products and later the Farmers State Bank. They moved to Willmar where he worked as an agent for Standard Oil and then back to banking at the First National Bank of Willmar. They moved to Harmony, MN where Paul was Vice-President of the Harmony State Bank. In 1977, they moved to Kerkhoven where he later became President of the State Bank of Kerkhoven. Paul retired from banking in 1993, but remained active on the board of directors of the Financial Security Bank in Kerkhoven.

Paul was baptized at Svea Lutheran Church and confirmed his faith at Lebanon Lutheran Church in New London where he was active in the choir and taught Sunday school. While living in Willmar he was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and currently was a member of the Kerkhoven Lutheran Church where he served on church council and various other positions.

Over the years Paul was active as a Boy Scout Leader, involved with the Kerkhoven Commercial Club, and the Experimental Aircraft Association. Paul had a lifelong desire to fly and received his pilot’s license in 1967 and enjoyed flying various makes and models of aircraft. He spent his spare time working in his shop on various projects.

Paul’s family remembers the many camping and fishing trips they took as well as the annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh Wisconsin for the Experimental Aircraft Association Convention. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren especially attending their activities.

Paul is survived by his wife Joyce of Kerkhoven; sons: Brian Strandberg (and special friend Diane Koch), of St. Cloud, Kevin (and Traci) Strandberg of Pennock; four grandchildren: Madison, Molli, Kourtni and Trey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Patricia in 1973 and granddaughter Morgan in 1994