|7/17/2019 2:13:00 PM|
Ivan Elg, 89, of Comfrey died July 11, 2019, at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
A service was Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Darfur with Rev. Matthew Seegert officiating.
Interment was at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Darfur.
Sturm Funeral Home of Comfrey handled the funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.sturmfh.com.
Ivan Stanley Elg was born June 13, 1930, to Floyd and Adabelle (Rask) Elg in Selma Township of Cottonwood County. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Comfrey.
He graduated from Comfrey Public School in 1948, then was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952. He served during the Korean War, spending 14 months with the Corp of Engineers at Pusan, Korea.
After returning home, he owned and operated the Darfur Farm Store.
In 1955, Ivan married Ione Johnson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Darfur. Ivan's love for the land and farming overcame the business future and he moved his family to the country. He began farming in Adrian Township of Watonwan County in 1967, then retired in 1993 and moved to Comfrey in 2009.
Ivan was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Darfur and a life member of the VFW in St. James and American Legions in Darfar and Comfrey.
He enjoyed fishing, boating and camping with his family, as well as attending church and school programs and sporting events. He also enjoyed restoring antique tractors and watching the Minnesota Twins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ione; a brother, Kenneth; and a sister, Ardis.
Survivors include his daughters: Denise (Mike) Ludewig of Comfrey; Mary (Dennis) Carlson and Marlys (Bob) Christensen, all of New Ulm; son, David (Paula) Elg of Butterfield; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Henry Engdahl.