Evert Joseph Danielson
Sept. 4, 1919 - Aug. 31, 2005
Evert Joseph Danielson, age 85, of Storm Lake, Iowa and formerly of Albert City, Iowa, died Aug. 31, 2005 at Lake Point Villa in Storm Lake.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Albert City, with Reverend David Bernhardt officiating. Burial followed in the Fairfield Township Cemetery at Albert City. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City was in charge of the arrangements.
Friends called at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, where the family was present.
Evert was born Sept. 4, 1919 in Albert City. His parents were Emil Emmanuel and Hulda Charlotte (Peterson) Danielson. He was baptized and confirmed in Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City, where he remained a faithful member until his death.
Evert graduated from Albert City High School in 1937. He entered military service on Feb. 4, 1941, spending four years and four and one-half months in the United States Army. Evert spent two and one-half years of that time overseas during World War II, participating in three invasions: Casablanca, Morocco, Africa; D-Day in Sicily; and D-Day plus two on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. Evert was a Staff Sergeant and earned the Bronze Star for leadership and bravery, as well as seven major battle stars. He was in the Second Armored Division (tanks) and this division earned the Presidential Citation. He was discharged June 15, 1945.
In 1946 Evert went into the petroleum business when his father passed away, and he continued as an independent businessman until he retired in 1981.
Evert and Ruby V. Movall were married on Jan. 25, 1948, and were privileged to remain married for 57 years. They had three children: Kathryn, Duane and Elaine.
Evert served on the Albert City Volunteer Fire Department for 37 years, serving as First Assistant Fire Chief for seven years and Fire Chief for 17 years. He was instrumental in getting a Buena Vista Hospital Ambulance stationed in Albert City and was an E.M.T. for the Ambulance Service. Evert received the Governor's Award in 1982 for Outstanding Community Service for Volunteer Firemen. Evert received the Good Neighbor Award in connection with the Iowa Community Betterment program in 1997. Evert has done volunteer work for the community, serving as a baseball coach for the young children. He belonged to the Young at Heart in Albert City, was a member of the American Legion Post 299, V.F.W. and Threshermen; a past member of the Lions Club, the Elks Club and the Albert City Chamber of Commerce. Evert was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and served on the church board for two terms, as well as performing other volunteer duties. Evert was a loving and caring husband and father, as well as a volunteer for the community.
Ruby and Evert spent the winters in Phoenix, Ariz., for 18 years. He also was a fan of many sports, an avid golfer, card player, fisherman and enjoyed woodworking hobbies.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby; his children: Kathryn (Douglas) Jensen, Duane Danielson and Elaine (Jerry) Pepping; grandchildren: Deanne and Tom Danielson, Molly Jensen, Amy and Greg Pepping; sisters Vivian Swanson and Harriet Danielson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lois Movall, Clarence and Wanette Movall, Verner and Arlene Movall, Barb Movall, Gladys and Don Heinecke; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.
Evert was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Virgil and Jane Danielson; daughter-in-law Sana K. Danielson; brother-in-law Everette Swanson; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Alvin and Mildred Peterson, Frank Movall, Herbert and Dorothy Anderson and Raymond Movall.
Donald Edwin Wenell
March 28, 1951 - Sept. 1, 2005
Donald Edwin Wenell, 54, of Fargo, N.D., went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, Sept. 1, after many miraculous victories in his battle with cancer.
Don was born on March 28, 1951, to Arnold and Mary Wenell and grew up on a farm in Laurens. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at a young age and was confirmed in the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City.
He graduated from Laurens High School in 1969. While attending Iowa State University in Ames, he met and married his wonderful wife Cindy Armstrong on Aug. 28, 1971. He graduated from Iowa Sate University in Agriculture Education in 1973, after which he taught high school in Estherville for one year. His career in Production Credit Association started the following year when he became Branch Manager in Pocahontas, followed by his years as Branch Manager in Rockwell City. He was then promoted to the position of President of Production Credit Association in Grand Island, Neb., in 1982. God continued to bless his career when he moved into the position of President of First Bank in Aberdeen, S.D., in 1985. He and his family moved to Fargo, N.D., in 1992 when he became the CEO of Fargo/Moorhead Ag Country.
Although Don was blessed in his career, he was even more blessed with his wonderful wife and four children. He loved time with his family only second to the love he had for our Lord. He always looked forward to making wonderful memories with his family and throughout his life he most enjoyed spending time with them at the lake cabin.
He and his wife Cindy were regular attendees at Bethel Evangelical Free Church. In his recent years of his battle with cancer, he enjoyed every opportunity to share about God's love and grace in his life, God's blessings, and God's miraculous ways.
Don is survived by his wife, Cindy, and his four children and three grandchildren, including children Heidi (Brent) Foster, Minneapolis, Minn.; Jennifer (Jason) Billman, Ham Lake, Minn.; Jason (Shanelle) Wenell, Bloomington, Minn.; and Matt Wenell, at home; and grandchildren Brayton Foster, Halle Foster, and Jaden Billman. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Wenell, Laurens; his brother, Doug (Sue) Wenell, Laurens; and his sister, Kathy (Stuart) Wenell-Nesbit, Eau Claire, Wis. Don was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Wenell, in 1997.
Family and friends enjoyed Don's positive attitude and energetic spirit, and most appreciated him for his unwavering faith. He always had a smile on his face and a word of encouragement for those around him.
An 11 a.m. funeral service will be held at Bethel Evangelical Free Church, Fargo, on Saturday, Sept. 3, followed by internment on Sunday in Laurens. Memorials are requested to the Caringbridge.org or Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo.
Friends may sign an online guestbook at www.korsmo funeralservice.com