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Wendell A. Youngren

Wendell A.


Wendell A. Youngren, 89, of Kerkhoven died on Monday, May, 12, 2014 at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar. Funeral service will be 9:30 am on Thursday at Kerkhoven Evangelical Free Church in Kerkhoven. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Kerkhoven. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Wednesday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Kerkhoven and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Memorials are preferred to donor's choice.

Wendell August was born on July 16, 1924, in Willmar, Minnesota, the son of August and Minnie (Anderson) Youngren. The family lived in Willmar until 1935 when they moved to their farm in Woods Township, Chippewa County, Minnesota. Wendell attended Willmar Elementary and rural Chippewa County Schools before graduating from Kerkhoven High School in 1942. Following his graduation, Wendell continued to live on the farm with his parents and continued to farm the family farm.

On December 30, 1961, Wendell was united in marriage to Jeanette Lindstrom at Bethesda Lutheran Church, rural Murdock. Wendell farmed the Youngren Family Farm for 50 years until retiring in 1992; however, following retirement, Wendell and Jeanette continued to live on the farm.

Wendell had been a member of the Kerkhoven Elevators Board, having served as Chairman and also was a member of the Farmers Union. He had served on Woods Township Board and Chippewa County Historical Society.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was a member of Kerkhoven Evangelical Free Church. Wendell has always been active and supportive of the church having served as church treasurer, deacon, chairman, financial secretary and Sunday school superintendent.

Jeanette will always cherish the time they spent together, especially all the traveling they did. They were able to visit all 50 states, most of the Canadian providences, South America, Europe and most memorable, their trip to their homeland of Sweden.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanette; brother, Vernon (and Joyce) Youngren of Battle Lake; sister, Charlotte Johnson of Kerkhoven; sisters-in-law, Doloris Youngren, Juvetta Freas, Marlys Lindstrom and Darlene Owen and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Donald Youngren and sister, Vivian (and Roy) Carlson; brother-in-law, Curtis Johnson and nephew, Randy Carlson.