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Verlyn G. Shelstad

Verlyn G. Shelstad

Nov. 26, 1930 - April 23, 2009

APPLETON -- Verlyn Gene Shelstad, 78, formerly of the Appleton area, died Thursday at Northridge Residence in Ortonville.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Eidskog Lutheran Church in Ortonville. Burial will be at the Appleton City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton and for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

He was born Nov. 26, 1930, in Swift County to Melvin M. and Betty H. (Swenson) Shelstad. He attended rural school districts and graduated in 1949 from Ortonville High School.

On Oct. 4, 1952, he married Beatrice Mae Behrens in Appleton. From 1954 through 1956, he served with the United States Army. He returned to farming and his dairy business. He also worked part time for ASCS for many years. He farmed until 1982 when they moved to Clinton.

He was a longtime member of Eidskog Lutheran Church, the National Farmers Organization and Campbell Williams American Legion Post 258 at Clinton.

He is survived by his wife of Clinton; five children: Barbara Shelstad of Oakdale, Lori (and Jon) Sporer of St. Paul, Arlyn (and Teri) Shelstad of Montevideo, Stuart (and Jacqualine) Shelstad of Lino Lakes and Penny Shelstad (and Wayne Schmitz) of Chokio; nine grandchildren; two sisters: Bly Jallo of Morris and Betty Bolstad of Sidney, Mont.; and five brothers: Helmer (and Joyce) Behrens of Sun City, Ariz., Arvid (and Janice) Behrens of Elysian, Ralph (and Carol) Behrens of Echo, Patricia (and James) Jaskoviack of Forest City, Iowa, and Stanley (and Millie) Wilts of Appleton.