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Verlin Floyd Grahn

Verlin Floyd Grahn Apr. 23, 1929 - Dec. 27, 2013

KANDIYOHI - Verlin Floyd Grahn, 84, of Kandiyohi, died Friday, December 27th at Rice Care Center in Willmar. His funeral will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, December 31st at Tripolis Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Kandiyohi. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors by American Legion Post #167 of Willmar. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 pm at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Verlin was born on April 23, 1929, in Willmar, Minnesota, the son of Floyd and Tresa (Larson) Grahn. He grew up on a farm near, attended Goldenrod Elementary and graduated from Willmar High School in 1947. In 1950, he enlisted into the United States Army and served until his honorable discharge in 1952. Verlin returned home and on November 25, 1953, he was united in marriage to Jean Birhanzel at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf. They lived with Verlins parents a year before starting to farm the homestead in rural Kandiyohi.

Verlin was not one to sit still and not be involved. He was an active and contributing member of: founding member of UHF in the Willmar area, 4-H, Kandiyohi Township Board, DFL, American Legion Post #167, VFW Post #1639, Atwater Thrashers, NFO and Farmers Union and he had served on the County Zoning Commission. His life of involvement and the last item mentioned on many auction bills, of which he loved attending after retiring, summarizes it best, "too many items (activities) to mention."

He was baptized and confirmed at the Covenant church in Willmar and was a member of Tripolis Evangelical Lutheran where he had served on the church council, youth leader, and sang in the choir.

Surviving are his wife, Jean; son, Larry Grahn of Kandiyohi; two grandchildren, Jacob and Rachel and great grandson, William. Also surviving are his sisters, Anna Egland of New London, WI and Ruby (and Jerry) Johnson of New London, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Merle and Jimmie and sister Sylvia Kallevig.

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