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Clarence Alder

June 24, 1927-Jan. 6, 2008

Clarence J. Alder, 80, of Callaway, died Sunday, January 6, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes.

Clarence Julian Alder was born to Alton and Mable (Peterson) Alder on June 24, 1927 in rural Rollag. He attended Woodland District 3 Country School near Rollag. Clarence served in the U.S. Army from 1945-47, during World War II. After the war he returned to the Rollag area and worked on various farms.

On June 1, 1949 Clarence married Daisy Maulsby in Detroit Lakes. They lived near Detroit Lakes for a short time before moving to Lubbock, Texas, where Clarence worked for different contractors doing roofing and siding. In 1952, he and Daisy returned to Detroit Lakes, where Clarence did custom hay baling and drove truck for Vern Momb and Red Hanson. In 1957, they moved to rural Callaway, where they operated a dairy farm. After retirement, Clarence helped his son Terry on his farm.

Clarence served on the Seventh Day Adventist School Board and as an elder and deacon. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

Surviving Clarence are his wife, Daisy Alder of Callaway; four sons, Terry Alder of Callaway, Tim (Pam) Alder of Cherry Valley, Calif., John Alder of Newport Beach, Calif., and Jim Alder of Lincoln, Neb.; two daughters, Marilyn Alder of Los Alamitos, Calif., and Betty (Steve) Petersen of Forsythe, Mo.; seven grandchildren; one brother, Clifford (Donna) Alder of Audubon; four sisters, Roseleen Gillin of Millington, Md., Darlene (Stanley) Maulsby of Tomah, Wis., Ruby (Henry) Burchard of Rising Fawn, Ga., and Lorraine (Kurt) Ueeck of Delta Junction, Alaska; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers, Willis, Ronald and Eugene "Bud" Alder.

There will be visitation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Seventh Day Adventist Church, Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Erik Galenieks officiating. Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery, rural Rollag.

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