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Amos M. Einerson

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Amos Einerson, 94, of Bemidji, died peacefully October 22, 2012. He was born at the family homestead in Dane County, Wis., to Berent Johann and Elsie (Milestone) Einerson, the youngest of eight children.

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Amos married Marion Wilkey in 1946. He was preceded in death by his loving wife in 2002. He is survived by eight children, thirteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Amos earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Agricultural Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison and a second Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Amos entered the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and served as a celestial flight navigator in the South Pacific. During his professional career, Amos worked in water-pump design and manufacturing in Ohio and later in Texas. He became an independent engineering consultant, and his pioneering work in solar and wind energy technology continued into the 1990s.

He was committed to alternative energy throughout his life, and continued this important work in the Bemidji community teaching youth and volunteering. Amos served on numerous boards, including the Minnesota Audubon Society and the Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society, and taught at Nielson Spearhead Center’s Young Naturalist Program.

He retired with his wife, Marion, at her family homestead near Bemidji where she first brought him in 1946. Amos strongly supported Paul Wellstone and was active in the DFL and Minnesota Land Trust. He worked with the DNR studying air quality at Big Lake and was active in the Big Lake Association. He was a devoted member of the Peace Prayer Group in Bemidji for many years.

Amos loved reading two to three books per week and was an avid Twins fan. He spent many hours working in the home flower and vegetable gardens, a talent he learned from his mother.

He passed onto his children the joy of gardening and bird watching. His love of adventure took him to Norway, South America, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the Virgin Islands. Amos would gladly share a cup of coffee, cookie and a story with his many friends that visited him in the log cabin at Big Lake. Amos valued and shared with his children the beauty of nature and respect for all people.

A memorial service will be held at the Bemidji United Methodist Church on Tues-day, October 30, at 4:30 p.m. The family requests memorial gifts in lieu of flowers to Churches United, Bemidji, or the Audubon Society.</p>

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