LITCHFIELD -- The Rev. Herbert "Burnell" Baldwin, 87, of Litchfield died Oct. 30 at the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.
He was born June 9, 1921, in Atkinson to Herbert and Gladys (Hays) Baldwin. He graduated from Barnum High School Class in 1939. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter and the Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 as a radio technician and participated in the Okinawa Campaign.
He married Berniece Wilson on Aug. 13, 1949, in Mahtowa. They lived in various cities throughout the Midwest until 2002 when they moved to Litchfield. He was ordained a Lutheran minister in the Augustana Lutheran Church on June 19, 1955. Over the years, he served as pastor in Kensington, Lowry, Cokato, including from 1961 to 1974 at Sharon Lutheran Church in Spicer, Lebanon Lutheran Church in New London and Peace Lutheran Church in New London. After moving to Litchfield, he did visitation for First Lutheran Church. During 46 years in parish ministry, he served on various boards of education, community education and worked with the American Legion and other areas of church ministry. He wrote two books: "Promises Made Clear" and "Pearls in the Twenty Third Psalm."
He is survived by his wife; children: Cynthia Strolberg and Ambra Rusch, both of Litchfield; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters: Bernice (and Robert) Zimmerman of Cloquet, Vivian Bouchie of Grand Rapids and Phyllis Sumner of Placitas, N.M..
He was preceded in death by one son: Gregory; and one sister.