Paul E. Ekstrand, 93

Paul E. Ekstrand, 93, of Glenwood, and formerly of Lowry, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at Glenwood Village Care Center, Glenwood.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, at St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Lowry, with the Rev. Elaine Leone officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home in Glenwood and resume on Tuesday morning at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in St. Paulís Lutheran Cemetery, Lowry. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Paul E. Ekstrand, son of Ernest and Martha (Skogland) Ekstrand, was born on June 23, 1916, in Cokato. He grew up in Cokato and attended school there, graduating from Cokato High School in 1935. Following graduation he worked at Corner Grocery in Cokato until 1939, when he moved to California and went to work at Douglas Aircraft Company. On February 8, 1942, Paul was united in marriage to Elaine Arlyne Schutz in Yuma, Ariz. That same year Paul entered the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII from 1942 until 1945. Following his discharge, he and his family settled in Brandon, where Paul worked first for Farmers Coop Oil from 1946-1949 and then as the manager of Gardonville Coop Telephone Association from March of 1949 until May of 1954. In 1954, Paul moved his family to Calvert City, Ky. The next year the family moved to Webster City, Iowa, where they lived until Paul was transferred to Hutchinson in 1959. In addition to the various sales positions he held, in 1962, Paul and his brother, Waldo Ekstrand, purchased Tri-County Telephone Co. in Emery, S.D. The pair also purchased the Lowry Telephone Company in 1965. In 1973, Paul bought out Waldoís share of the companies.

In 1982, Paul and Arlyne retired, enabling them to spend more time between their home in Hutchinson and their cabin on Lobster Lake and winters in Westbrook Village, Ariz. In 1991, the couple sold their home in Hutchinson and built a new home in Lowry. Arlyne died in July of 1997, following 55 years of marriage. In October of 2004, Paul sold his home in Lowry. In April of 2008, he moved to Glenwood Estates where he lived until March of 2010 when he became a resident at Glenwood Retirement Village. It was there he died on Sunday, May 2, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Over the years Paul was active in the many communities in which he lived. He was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Lowry. He served on a local school board and fi re department and was a member of the American Legion Club, the Lions Club, the Masons, the Shriners and others. His hobbies included fishing, golfing and collecting antique telephones.

Paul is survived by his daughter, Mary Ellen (John) Duro of Ft. Dodge, Iowa; two sons, Richard P. (Tammie) Ekstrand of Lowry and James O. (Barb) of Alexandria; five grandchildren, Andrea (Joe) McGough, Steven (Mary) Duro, Dacia (Ted) Reichmann, Bria (Andrew) Shea and Joshua Ekstrand; seven great-grandchildren, Alli and Matthew McGough, Nathan and Charlie Duro and Madelynn, Maxwell and Myles Reichmann; one sister, Alice Skinner of Anoka; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arlyne; seven brothers, Arnold, Joe, Willard, Waldo, John, Irwin and in infancy, Alden; and three sisters, Victoria Katzenmeyer, Lillian Wessman and Evelyn Ekbom.

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