BERDAHL, SPENCER J. - Minnehaha County, South Dakota | SPENCER J. BERDAHL - South Dakota Gravestone Photos

Spencer J. BERDAHL

Beaver Valley - Valley Springs Cemetery
Minnehaha County,
South Dakota

Birth: Aug. 8, 1910
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Feb. 8, 2005, USA

Ebba was born on August 8,1910 on a farm near Brandon,SD, the daughter of Edwin and Elice (Nelson) Swenson. She graduated from Brandon High School and earned a teaching certificate from Augustana College.

Ebba married Spencer Berdahl on March 12,1932 at Garretson. They lived in Garretson and Sioux Falls before moving to Spencer's family farm in 1937 near Garretson. They farmed until 1955 and then moved to Sioux Falls. Ebba worked at Fantles Department Store for 11 years. She and Spencer purchased a motel at Alexandria, MN in 1966 and operated the business for two years. They lived in Minneapolis until 1973 when they returned to Sioux Falls.

Ebba and Spencer enjoyed wintering in Arizona and had traveled across the United States and Canada with their camper. They loved to go dancing and made it to the Lawrence Welk Orchestra when it was in the area. They
celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2002.

She was a member of Beaver Valley Lutheran Church most of her life and was active with the altar guild, choir, and ladies circle. Ebba enjoyed playing the piano and organ for many years. She had been a member of the PTA when her children were young.

Grateful for having shared in her life is her husband, Spencer; son, Dean (Marilyn) Spencer, Sioux Falls; a daughter, Shirlee (Bill) Engebretson, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 5 grandchildren, Julie, Kathy, Lonnie, Sherry, Spencer; 14 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and two sisters.

Birth: Sep. 15, 1910
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 2006, USA

Spencer was born September 15,1910 at Garretson, SD. He grew up on a farm near Garretson and attended country school and Garretson High School. Spencer married Ebba Swenson on March 12,1932. He worked as a mechanic at the Beaver Garage in Garretson and then at Firestone in Sioux Falls. In 1937, he and Ebba moved to the family farm at Garretson and farmed 18 years. Spencer received special recognition from the Sioux Valley Milk Association.

They moved back to Sioux Falls in 1955 and Spencer worked at Metz Bakery handling fleet maintenance duties for 11 years. He also owned and maintained several rental properties in Sioux Falls. In 1966, he and Ebba moved to Alexandria, Minnesota and purchased and operated a motel for two years. They moved to Minneapolis until retiring in 1973 and then came back to Sioux Falls. Spencer kept himself busy into his 80's by doing small engine repair work.

He and Ebba enjoyed wintering in Arizona and had traveled with their camper throughout the United States and Canada. Spencer enjoyed taking Ebba dancing and had danced to the Lawrence Welk Orchestra. He liked fishing at the lake and watching sports. He had a great memory and loved to reminisce about his early years. Spencer was an active member at Beaver Valley Lutheran Church for many years.

Grateful for having shared in his life is a son, Dean (Marilyn) Berdahl, Sioux Falls; a daughter, Shirlee (Bill) Engebretson, Minneapolis, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Spencer (Chris) Engebretson, Julie Mercer and Kathy Ross, all of Minneapolis, Lonnie (Sarah) Berdahl , Sioux Falls and Sherry Berdahl of Minneapolis; 14 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ole and Elizabeth (Bothun) Berdahl, his wife of 73 years, Ebba and three siblings, Louis, Clara and Emma.

Contributed on 1/9/12 by christin2424
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Submitted: 1/9/12 • Approved: 1/13/12 • Last Updated: 8/13/15 • R145521-G145519-S3

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