Clarence Edward Blomgren, Jr., 83, of St. James died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
Clarence Edward Blomgren, Jr., 83, of St. James died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 2, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Butterfield with Karen Koeder officiating. Burial will be at the Butterfield City Cemetery. Visitation will be at First Lutheran Church in Butterfield on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and one hour before the service on Friday. You may send the family condolence online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Clarence was born Feb. 19, 1934 in Pipestone, the son of Clarence and Margaret (Houselog) Blomgren. Clarence grew up on the family farm near Elkton, S.D. He graduated from Elkton High School in 1952. He worked on the family farm and several other jobs before joining the Army in 1956 and served until 1958. Upon his return he went to work for the railroad on the track maintenance crew. On July 8, 1961, Clarence was united in marriage to Vivian Pierson at First Lutheran Church in Butterfield. They made their home in Elkton for four years before being transferred by the railroad to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and then Lasalle, Ill., and moving to Butterfield in 1969 when they purchased their own farm; they moved to Mt. Lake in 1993 and into St. James in 2016. Clarence retired from active farming in 2005 but continued to help out. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Butterfield where he served on church council and was a Sunday School teacher; he was active in 4-H, served on the county fair board, served on Butterfield/Odin School Board, enjoyed woodworking, could fix anything, enjoyed birdwatching, gardening and yard work. Clarence also enjoyed card games and playing checkers. He loved spending time with his family and time with grandkids.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian Blomgren of St. James; children: Kent Blomgren of Huxley, Iowa, Kurt Blomgren of Butterfield, Kyle (Kim) Blomgren of Butterfield, Cory (Joan) Blomgren of Lamberton, Karen (Brad) Olson of River Falls, Wis.; grandchildren: Jenna, Vance, Stuart (Kyeanna), Kyle Jr., Adam, Anna, Thomas, Liana, Evan, Abigail, Ryan, Anders, Kathryn, Trenton, Osten; and sister, Emma Jean Blomgren of Ellsworth. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Audrey Lorden; and grandson, Ross Blomgren.