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Verne Strandjord – Granite Falls Lawyer’s Tribune

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Verne Strandjord, our beloved father, grandfather, died in Belle Plaine on July 10 at the age of 86. Verne is survived by his three sons, Cary, Mark (Kathryn) and Lee (Renee). He has seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Verne was born on April 7, 1936, to Leonard and Wilma Strandjord on a farm near the Sacred Heart. He attended Sacred Heart High School where he met Nona Meyer. They married in the summer of 1953 and moved to Clarkston, Washington, where two sons, Cary and Mark, were born. Three years later, they returned to Minnesota. Verne leased a 160-acre farm. Here their youngest son Lee was born. Eventually, this family of five moved to St Paul where Verne attended the University of Minnesota to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree in agricultural science in just two and a half years. He took a ‘hands on’ position with Green Giant and eventually became Vice President of Seasonal Operations, Green Giant Group, Pillsbury.
He has always attributed his many successes to his team. When eulogies were handed out, he was always last in line. He retired at 54, then traveled the world with his wife Nona. What Verne valued most was his family. He was an iconic figure for them, an honest man who set the bar high for himself. He led an exemplary life. His quests were filled with adventure and personal challenges. Years later, he had one last lesson to teach his family when his beloved wife of 62 years, Nona, passed away. He taught his family how to deal with extreme grief with dignity and grace. He will be missed, but remembered with a collective smile. Verne would say he was just an ordinary man, but his list of notable accomplishments would say otherwise.
His family has planned two celebrations of life.
The first will be on August 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Park Pavilion in Le Sueur. Address: 155 South Park Lane, Le Sueur.
The celebration of the second life will take place on the grounds of the Opdal Church located a few kilometers south of the Sacred Heart. This celebration will take place on August 27 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Address: From US 212, take County Road 12 just east of Sacred Heart to 770th Avenue, then turn left to Opdal Church. Many activities will be set up outside for the children.
There will be a short funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery at Sacred Heart on the same day, August 27. www.koldenfuneralhome.com.