EDWARD STRAND

E. Strand webEdward 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).

11 guestbook entries for EDWARD STRAND

  1. Dianne and Dave Mix January 3, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Uncle Maurie called me last night. We are so sorry to about your loss. Your family has been through so much. Know that our thoughts are with you and your family. Dave and Dianne

  2. LMK January 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Dear Justine,
    I saw Keith and Kathy and Al and Sydney at our District Convention and heard of Ed’s illness. I’m so sorry for your loss. Stay close to Jehovah in prayer and he will strengthen you and help you through this most difficult time. You’ll be in my prayers as well. Ed was such a kind and humble man. He was always approachable and willing to listen and help when I had a problem. Always kind and loving as a sheperd and elder. He will be truly missed for a time and then we will see him again in the ressurection.
    Lisa King

  3. Susan Lam January 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Justine, Joshua, Sanna and Kimmi,

    My thoughts are with you all. Ed was one of a kind. A wonderful husband, dad and big brother. He will be in my heart always.

    Love,
    Susan Lam

  4. Shawn Paul January 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Justine, Josua, Sanna & Kim;
    So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. You all have been through such a difficult time. Ed will be greatly missed. We can always remember and be with Ed whenever we mow around all the tree’s Ed planted in our yards. He did love his tree’s….Let Patty and I know if there is anything we can do to help through this difficult time.
    Shawn, Patty, Tim and Kirsti Paul

  5. Jo Stevenson January 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I am a good friend of Susan Strand. I am very sorry for her loss. My heart goes out to Susan and her family.

  6. Briana (Troan) Hernandez January 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ed was so amazing. I will forevermore remember his big hugs, his kind eyes, great sense of humor, and loving way of speaking to everyone. Just think, the next time we see him, he won’t be in pain, he will be back to “Ed”. Sending our love and prayers to the family. We are here for you if you need anything. Much love.
    The Hernandez Family

  7. Deb Newman January 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Dear Justine,
    Jayne emailed me about Ed’s death. I am so very sorry. What would we do without the hope of the resurrection? Ed’s very next thought will be when he hears Jesus’ voice telling him it’s time to wake up. Please be assured of my love & prayers.
    Philia,
    Deb Newman

  8. Josh and Trisa Hanson January 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Justine, Our family wanted to convey our condolence to you and the whole Strand family. You and Ed were such a great examples. Of how a marriage is supposed to be, how to raise 3 great children, but most importantly you both were a wonderful couple to look up to in the truth. We anticipate the new system when we’ll all be able to sit down and have a cup of coffee together. You are in our prayers. We love you. Love, Tj, Trisa, Greyson and Kendall

  9. Marlana Parrett January 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Hello Strand Family,
    I am part of the family. Susan and I have spent so much time together. We have supported each other thur life’s growing times. Our Prayers goes out to the Strand Family and Friends. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. God bless your hearts. peace and love Marlana Parrett Wells Fargo

  10. Brenda (Mix) Musel January 5, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    I am so sorry for your loss! It’s been a long road from what my mom told me. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

  11. Tootie (Jean) Mills (Mevissen) January 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    My dearest Family, the Strand’s. I call you my family because I got “the truth” of God’s word from you. So, our love runs deep because of our spiritual bond. I am so glad I got to share a good part of my life with you all. Through the good and the bad. Soon, as we have read, we will only experience the good that Jehovah has to offer. Thank you for sharing Ed with me. I felt like he was my big brother. He always had a word of love and concern for me and my son Dustin when I was a single parent. His love and friendship and brotherly care never ended. He will always be in my family and in my mind and heart. You know I love you all, Jean Mills aka Tootie

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