Melvin J. Strommen Aug. 18, 1919 - Sept. 26, 2008
GLENWOOD -- Melvin Julian Strommen, 89, died Friday at Glenwood Retirement Village in Glenwood. The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church in Kensington. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 t...
GLENWOOD -- Melvin Julian Strommen, 89, died Friday at Glenwood Retirement Village in Glenwood.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church in Kensington. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood and will continue for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.
He was born Aug. 18, 1919, in rural Pope County to Henry and Caroline (Scheflo) Strommen. He grew up on a farm and attended country school in Pope County.
He married Elda (Hubred) Sanvig on May 30, 1953, in Hibbing. They lived in St. Louis Park before moving to Kensington in 1955.
He managed the Lakeside Ballroom roller rink and was a bartender there. He drove truck for more than 25 years. He also farmed and was custodian of the Lake Latoka Rest Area for 17 years.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church and served as an usher. He helped found the youth center in Kensington. He was head of the parade for the Kensington Centennial and director of the Runestone Foundation, which helped found Runestone Park in Kensington.
He is survived by his wife; sons: Semi (and Elizabeth) Sanvig of Anchorage, Alaska, Dale (and Marti) Strommen of Pennock, Thomas (and Linda) Strommen of Brooklyn Park and Allan Montellier of Long Lake, Calif; siblings: Delores Strommen of Alexandria, Robert Strommen of Alexandria and Jane Busch of Alexandria; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and a twin brother.