The earthly life of Howard Donald Berglund came to a close on Jan. 26, 2017.

A celebration of Howard’s life will be held to the glory of God at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, McPherson. All are welcome. A time of visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at Christians Funeral Home in Lindsborg.

Howard was born on March 29, 1920 on a farm in Eastern South Dakota. At the age of seven, the family including his parents Arthur G. and Georgia E. Howard, his sister Beth and his brother Kenneth, moved to the town of Trent.

There Howard graduated from the local high school in 1938. Following graduation from Sioux Falls College, he taught public school for three years at Davis and Dell Rapids, then answered the call to prepare for Christian ministry. This he did at the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, graduating in 1950 with ordination in 1951.

It was there he met and married Edythe Griste in 1947, who became his partner for 69 years.

The Rev. Berglund served several churches in Winner/Dixon parish in South Dakota, Wichita, McPherson and in Fresno, California, the final five years before retirement in 1987 following 40 years of active ministry. During those final years of ministry in Fresno, Howard served on the pastoral staff with his son Brad.

Having chosen to live in Lindsborg in retirement, they moved there in 1990 living in a house designed and built by son Mark. They have enjoyed all the relationships established in the Lindsborg community. Howard and Edythe moved to Denver to be closer to son Brad beginning March 1, 2014.

The Berglunds have two sons, Mark and Brad; daughter-in-law Rita; four granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren: Sunday and Garrett Thompson, Greyson Lee and Jacelyn Opal of Bastrop, Texas; Lacey and Mike Dunn, Allison Jane and Andrew James of Manhattan, Kansas; Brittany and Dustin Unruh, Cade Monroe and Bryne Carobel of Canton; Brianna and Sean Friend, Quinn Alexei and Rory Mikhail of Denver, and one grandson Brandon who died July 13, 2009 having lived with the results and challenges of brain cancer for 20 years.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Bible Society, www.americanbible.org, or to the American Baptist Churches International Ministries, www.internationalministries.org. They may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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