Edward Strand, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at his home. He was 63 years old.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 3:00 on Saturday, January 8that the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 3652 – 333 Avenue NE, Cambridge, Minnesota, 55008.
A TIME OF VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service.
Edward Strand fell asleep in death Sunday, January 2nd at home surrounded by family. He was 63 years old
He was preceded in death by his parents, Madra and Emerson Strand, and his brother, Raymond.
He is survived by his wife, Justine Strand and their children, Joshua (Mikyla) Strand of Mora; Sanna (Jesse) Wolf of Andover; Kimberly Strand of Forreston. Sisters, Shirley (Steve) Wheeler of Champlin; Mary Strand of St Louis Park; Susan (Paul) Lam of Oakland, CA.; Margaret Strand of Minneapolis.
Ed was born January 16, 1947 in Elma, Iowa. His parents were Emerson and Madra (Conry) Strand. He grew up in Minneapolis but spent many summers at the family farm in Iowa. He graduated from Central High School in 1965 and immediately enlisted in the Navy serving overseas during Vietnam. Upon returning home in 1972, he attended Minneapolis Vocational for Commercial Foods. Thereafter, he worked at Greenhaven Country Club and many years as a manager at various Arby’s Restaurants.
He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1982 at the age of 35. He married Justine Walker August 28, 1982. Ed always maintained that he had married better than Justine did. They moved to Mora in 1989 after visiting friends there and deciding it would be a nice place to raise a family. They were blessed with three beautiful children, Joshua, Sanna and Kimberly. Ed had a varied working history, always working hard and was diligent in providing for his family. Locally, he had worked for Gorham-Oien, Lonsky Lumber, Braham Lumber and lastly Federated Propane.
Ed never met a tree he didn’t like. He made a hobby of planting trees and carpentry projects. He was renowned for his quick wit and sense of humor which he even kept throughout his 2 1/2 year battle with brain cancer. As a serious Bible student, it was not unusual to find Ed at home relaxing with a hot mug of tea, reading the Bible. He enjoyed the simple things in life, his favorite pastime being visiting with friends and family – always the gracious, hospitable host. His whole being was kind and honest.
He will be dearly missed by family and friends. Services will be held at 3:00 on Saturday, January 8th with visitation 1 hour prior at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 3652 – 333 Avenue NE, Cambridge, Minnesota, 55008. We eagerly look forward to the time that he will awake from his temporary sleep during the resurrection to the earthly Paradise of God’s Kingdom to enjoy a happy, healthy life when God “will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new. Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” (Revelations 21:3-4, NWT).