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Edsel Sanden

Feb. 8, 1922-Jan. 8, 2009

Edsel C. Sanden, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, January 8, 2009 at Oak Crossing, Detroit Lakes.

Edsel was born to Edward and Clara (Nelson) Sanden on Feb. 8, 1922, on a farm nine miles west of Ogema. He attended rural school in Becker County, District 54, and farmed with his dad until they moved to Detroit Lakes in 1945. Edsel worked many years for the Detroit Lakes Ice Harvest. He also operated heavy equipment in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Edsel married Joyce Stephenson in November 1960. Together they had a son, Timothy. On Nov. 19, 1965 he married Mary Morris. They made their home in St. Paul until Edsel retired in 1984. They then returned to Detroit Lakes. Edsel continued to live at their residence following Mary's death in 2000. Edsel spent some time at Emmanuel Nursing Home and Lincoln Park Assisted Living before residing at Oak Crossing (formerly St. Mary's Nursing Center).

Edsel enjoyed deer hunting and helping his wife, Mary with gardening, and loved playing cards, as well as reminiscing with friends and family. He also enjoyed building birdhouses and loved to make drawings (to scale).

Edsel is survived by his son Timothy (Paula) Sanden of Moorhead; seven stepchildren, Gloria Janke of Omaha, Neb., Geraldine (Edward) Kautzman of Mandan, N.D., Dennis (Peggy) Morris of Okanogan, Wash., Joseph Morris of Detroit Lakes, Ronald (Carole) Morris of Detroit Lakes, Roger (Ann) Morris of Fargo and Bobbi Wilke of Detroit Lakes; two granddaughters; 19 step-grandchildren; two sisters, Mavis Swapp of Detroit Lakes and Anna (Burton) Bisbee of Grand Rapids, Minn.,; brother-in-law, Richard Rew of Mesa, Ariz.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Edsel was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; and four sisters, Lorraine Sanden, Ellen Sanden, Gladys Sanden and Hermine Rew.

Funeral services are scheduleed for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes; there will be visitation for one hour prior to the start of services.

West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes is handling the arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at