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Edward C. Mitteness

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Edward C. Mitteness, 89, of Hendricks, Minnesota passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021 at the Hendricks Hospital in Hendricks.

Funeral Services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 30, 2021 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Levi Bollerud officiating. Burial was in the Wood Lake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Astoria, SD. Visitation was held from 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks and resumed Friday one hour prior to the service.

Edward Charles Mitteness was born April 18, 1932, on the family farm in Camplake Township of rural Benson,  to Martin and Emma (Lyslo) Mitteness.  He was baptized and confirmed at Swift Falls Lutheran Church of rural Benson.

August 15, 1965, Edward Charles Mitteness married Eveline Caroline Nesheim at Wood Lake Lutheran Church of rural Astoria, SD.

Edward attended rural school for four years, Benson Public School for four years and then he went on to Morris and graduated from the Morris Agricultural School.  While attending school there, he sang in the school chorus that went on tours and he also played for the school dances and was paid five dollars for the evening.   As soon as he completed his schooling, he became a farmer and farmed until 1998 when he retired and moved to South Dakota on to Eveline’s home place.  He raised small grain, soybeans, corn and also sugar beets for six years besides having livestock at times.  He purchased his birthplace in 1957 but it took a long time to get it paid for.  

Edward was active in Farm Bureau holding office of Vice President and Secretary for many years.  Even after retirement, he liked to attend meetings to keep up on new ideas, how farming should be done and enjoyed helping his renter with field work until his health said “NO”.  He was a member of Sons of Norway and sang in the Benson Male Chorus.  He never tired of listening to music.  He enjoyed all types of music from St. Olaf Choir Music, Classical, Country Western and old-time music.  After hearing the song, he could play it on his accordion or piano.  One of Edward’s greatest thrills was when he got to see his grandparent’s birthplace in Norway.  He really enjoyed his trip to Norway. He enjoyed taking short trips where he lived on every road he could find, and some roads could be quite adventurous at times.

Edward was a member of the Swift Falls Lutheran Church for 34 years and then he joined Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church where he was a member for 32 years.  He was an usher and sang in the choir for 32 years.  He served on the church council in both churches.  Then when he moved to South Dakota he became a member of Wood Lake Lutheran Church for 21 years until it closed and recently his health prevented him from being active in Christ Lutheran Church.  

Edward is survived by his wife, Eveline of 56 years; nephews: James Anderson and Duane Anderson and one niece Lori Longworth and their spouses and families; also, Eveline’s nephew, Greg (Kathy) Erickson and niece, Cheryl Erickson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Katherine Sullivan and Eloise Anderson and their spouses.

Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel, Hendricks was  entrusted with the arrangements.

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