Stanley O. Magnuson, 94

Stanley Oscar Magnuson, 94, went to be with the Lord on May 17, 2012, at Knute Nelson Nursing Home, Alexandria.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1918, in Wildrose, N.D., the son of Oscar and Ellen (Frantzick) Magnuson of Kensington. He attended country school and then went on to Agricultural School in Morris. He married Ethel Stark of Kensington on Oct. 4, 1941. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941 and was stationed in Abilene, Texas, prior to being shipped overseas. He was with Patton’s 3rd Army during the invasion of Normandy (D-Day). During his service overseas, he was in Germany, Belgium, France and Czechoslovakia. After his service to our country, he was honorably discharged.

Upon release from the service, he worked as a butcher for John Frantzick in Kensington. He and Ethel then moved to Pelican Rapids, where he opened his own meat market. After seven years in Pelican Rapids, he applied and was accepted as a government meat inspector (USDA) in Omaha, Neb. They made their residence in Omaha, Neb., for many years and faithfully served at Southside Baptist Church, which later became Center Baptist Church. After retirement from the government, because Stanley had served the Lord all his life, he and Ethel wanted to continue serving the Lord into their retirement so they became volunteers for RVICS (Roving Volunteers in Christ Service) for eight years. After RVICS, they settled in Mesa, Ariz. Ethel passed away in 1995. He then married Irene (Molander) MacIver of Starbuck in 1998. They lived in Lowry prior to Stanley being admitted to Knute Nelson Nursing Home.

Stanley loved his family, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brother, Wesley Magnuson of Ada; sons, Gary Magnuson (Sheila) of Lowry, Dean Magnuson (Carolyn) of Aurora, Colo., and daughter, Joy Edmundson (John) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepdaughters, Joyce (Bob) Rendahl of Dundas and Ruth (Mark) MacIver of Burnsville; grandchildren, Pam (Lynn) Cooper of Lincoln, Neb., Eric (Lisa) Magnuson of Del Rapids, S.D., Disa Burks (Dante) of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Nathan Edmundson of Covina, Calif., and Chad Edmundson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; stepgrand-children, Kyle and Crystal Haack of Hoffman, Kaia Kerns (Colin) of Minneapolis, Laura Dalton of Denver, Colo., Grant Nesbit (Cathy) of Fort Smith, Ark., and Greg Nesbit of Denver, Colo.; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Ellen Magnuson; his first wife of 54 years, Ethel Magnuson who passed away in 1995; his second wife, Irene Magnuson who passed away March 8, 2012; his brother, Wallace Magnuson; sister, Harriett Nelson; daughter-in-law, Linda Magnuson; and grandson, Jason Magnuson.

It was requested by Stanley that contributions be made to the Gideons or to Lowry Community Covenant Church Benevolent Fund.

The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the staff at Knute Nelson Nursing Home, where he was a resident for approximately four-and-a-half years, receiving wonderful love and care.

A service for Stanley will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Lowry Community Covenant Church, 316 Bryce Avenue, Lowry. There will be a viewing from 9-10 a.m. on the 24th at the church as well. Interment will be in the Ben Wade Covenant Cemetery in rural Lowry. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood,