Sverre Melvin Seljeseth, age 84, of Owatonna, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his home.
He was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Bucyrus, N.D., to Sigrud and Malla
(Legangersether) Seljeseth. He was baptized and confirmed at the North
Grand Lutheran Church, Bucyrus, N.D.
He attended school in Adams County, Minn. In 1936, he moved to the Blooming
Prairie area, where he farmed with his parents. In 1945, he enlisted in the
On June 2, 1945, he married Helen Bonnett in Kansas City, Kan. In
November of 1947, Melvin began working for the Geo. A. Hormel Co.,
working the in sweet pickle pump department, the freezers and the
hog kill until his retirement on Nov. 30, 1982. In May of 1997,
after suffering a heart attack, he sold the farm that he had owned
since 1956 and moved to Owatonna.
Melvin liked to work in his garden and camping with his family. He
enjoyed road trips and liked to sing, yodel and play the harmonica and
took lots of family pictures.
He loved his family and friends. He would host his big family for the
holidays and also hosted a large family reunion. Melvin's family meant a
lot to him and he loved to spend a great deal of time with them.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marlene Wengel; great-grandson,
Tyler Boe; two stepsons, two step-great-granddaughters; a brother; and two
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2004, at
the Salvation Army, 409 First Ave. NE, Austin, with Major Alan Fones
officiating. Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Austin, with
Austin Post #91 American Legion in charge of military rites. Visitation
will be held at the Clausen-Jordan Mortuary on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
and at the Salvation Army for one hour before the service on Saturday.
Casket bearers will be honorary bearers Wayne Fones, Terry Hofner, Nick
Pool, Randy Henga, Charles Wengel, Nicholas Wengel, Thomas Russell, Derrik
Russell and Roger Russell.
Casket bearers will be Patrick Fitzwater, Larry Seljeseth, Jr., Randy
Hofner, Alan Fones II, Arron Seljeseth, Jeremy Sletten, Lee Seljeseth and
Melvin is survived by sons, Larry (Judy) Seljeseth of Faribault,
Minn.; Tharen (Linda) Seljeseth of Owatonna, Minn.; daughters, Renae
(Roger) Russell of College Station, Texas; Colleen (Earl) Sletten of
Owatonna, Minn.; Major LaVonne (Alan) Fones of Saint Cloud, Minn.; Sonya
(Roger) Hofner of Dexter, Minn.; 30 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren;
sisters, Inga (Jerry) Carey of Mankato, Minn.; Edna Olstad of New Richland,
Minn.; many nieces and nephews.
Submitted to Mower MNGenWeb by K. Pike.