Carl Grindberg

carl grindberg
Carl Melvin Grindberg, 84, was ushered into his eternal home on Friday, March, 27, 2015. Carl was born in Mapleton, ND on November 13, 1930 to Leona (Sheeley) and Carl “Swede” Grindberg.  He married the love of his life, Marlys Geerdes, in 1950 and they have lived at Davenport, ND for all of their 64 years of marriage. Carl was a generous, caring man.  He loved all of his family – especially his grandchildren.  When he was in better health, he would sometimes call them on a daily basis just to talk.  He had a deep respect for God’s earth and was happiest out in the tractor and going for drives to “see how the crops are doing.”  His biggest joy in life was helping people, and he did so without ever wanting anything in return.  He was known far and wide for his strong honest handshake, his sparkly blue eyes and his lopsided grin.  His favorite entertainment was watching his grandsons play sports – he never missed a game and sometimes even went to watch their practices.  He followed Kindred school sports, the FM Redhawks and the MN Vikings on radio and TV with relish.  Sunday nights were reserved for Lawrence Welk.  He delighted in eating dessert first – especially if it was lemon meringue pie- - and would sit at the kitchen table waiting for Marlys’ fresh baked cookies to come out of the oven.  His granddaughter would stop by with treats and hugs, which filled him with joy. Carl was very active in his community and church.  He taught Sunday School for 23 years and served many years on the council at Davenport Lutheran Church.   He was a school board member for several years, a member of the Davenport Fire Dept. for 56 years, treasurer for Addison Township for 25 years, and a charter member of the Davenport Lions Club.  He served 31 years as a district Soil Conservation supervisor and was appointed by the Governor for 6 years on the State Soil Conservation committee.  He worked as a farmer, a rural mail carrier substitute and a handyman for a construction company. Carl Suffered many health issues throughout the years, but endured them without bitterness or complaint.  Through it all he still had great interest and concern about family, friends, and neighbors.  He always wanted to know how everyone else was doing and did anything he could to help those in need.  With the support of his devoted wife, he was able to stay in his home until December of 2014 when he went to Elim Care Center in Fargo. Carl is survived by his wife Marlys; his two daughters, Val(Del) Bernstein and Marty(Mike) Schmit, both of Davenport; his grandchildren – Wade (Dawn) Bernstein, Joey (Emma) Schmit, and Molly Bernstein; his great grandchildren – Preston and Adilyn  Bernstein, and soon-to-be born great granddaughter.  Also surviving are his brother and sisters, Margaret (Robert) Turner, Fargo, ND, Joyce Gilbertson, Hillsboro, ND, Kate Schar, LaPorte, MN, David (Carol) Grindberg, Dilworth, MN; sister-in-law, Dianne Grindberg; and brother-in-law, Arthur Walker; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers (Marvin & Steve Grindberg) and 3 sisters (Lois Knecht, Charlotte Walker and Doris Johnson).

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  1. Marlys, Val, Del, Marty and Mike-

    I always enjoyed talking to Carl at Legion baseball games when our son and his grandson Joey were on the same team. He always had a positive outlook on life and liked a good laugh. We’ll miss him.

  2. Marlys so sorry that you lost Carl, such a nice man, We will always remember his good nature. I enjoyed the many years working with Carl as a member of the conservation team in Cass County. Praying for you and your family.

  3. Uncle Carl’s kindness, generosity, and loving spirit made him a true giant in the eyes of all who knew him. He impacted my life as well as the lives of so many, including those of strangers he would help without reservation. His caring and giving legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren. Rest in peace, Carl, and peace to all in the Grindberg family.

  4. Greetings, Kate and Joyce; Goodbyes are hard. I share your grief in a small way, as all of us are forced to face mortality–and it’s getting closer! Thanks for the moments we’ve shared. A warm embrace in this moment. I hauled beets thru Hillsboro this season, remembering you fondly, Joyce. Ah, relationships. The world would be a far better place if everyone were like Carl!

  5. Carl was such a wonderful man. I only knew him for a short time while he needed home care. He had a great smile and a good sense of humor. You could tell by the look in his eyes, the love he had for Marlys and the rest of his family. He had a lot of health issues, but never complained. He was a very strong man. Heaven will be a much better place with Carl in it. My thoughts go out to all of his family.

    Beth Kobbervig, RN

  6. My sympaties to the Grindberg family. I had the honor of serving on the Cass County Soil Conversation Board. Carls love for the land and water was very important to him. May he rest in peace

  7. The Davenport community has lost a pillar, and the wider community has lost a great resource. Carl was everyone’s father, brother, grandfather — always interested in others and how they were doing. Our sympathies to your entire family. Jerry & Gail

  8. “Grinny” was like a second father to me.At times I was alittle jealous of you ladies cuz you had the “cool”Dad……Everyone has a friend during each stage of life……But only the lucky ones have the same friend in all stages of life..”Suppose the 2 Carl’s are together again checking out the fields & talking about the planting season to come…..We are so thankful to have had Carl in our lives & will never forget what a wonderful friend he was…….Our thoughts & prayers to you all!!Rest in peace “Grinny”. Love,Wilma & Paulinkus

  9. My sympathies to the family and community. Carl was such a wonderful person who inspired and cared for many. His faith was something that was truly something that he lived out every single day. I truly enjoyed getting to visit both you. The love that you shared with each other was a testimony for all to witness. May you be surrounded by family and friends to share the love of God with one another.

  10. Love and prayers to you all. Carl was always such a kind and loving man. We all had such good times growing up in Davenport, and I will always hold a special place in my heart for the people that made it home, Carl being one of those special memories!

  11. Marty and family, we were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our prayers our with you………remember the good times.

  12. We were so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. I see that he moved to Elim a year after Dad died–it’s hard to say what kind of trouble they would have gotten into together, if they had been there at the same time! I always enjoyed visiting with Carl and having him for a Sunday school teacher. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Adele

  13. Uncle Carl was the most loving and respected man I have ever met. He was a true man of integrity, faith and love of community and especially his family. His quiet strength and integrity of character made him a highly respected man throughout his community, church and our family. I will deeply miss him. I will never forget the time he put my young children at ease when the thunder and lightening storms were taking place, quietly tucking them into bed upstairs and telling them the value of lightening to the soil and that sun comes after the rain. His calm, loving, assurance was a trait I loved about him the most and his endearing love for his wife, my Aunt, his daughters, my cousins and their families was something every one knew as the greatest loves of his life. Uncle Carl shined bright on this earth as a true man of God, a true loving Husband, Father and Grandparent and a gift to all of us who knew him. He will shine bright as a star in the sky whose light will never burn out. He will be greatly missed in our families, our hearts and his home town. I regret we were not able to be present for his services as our Mother suffered a heart attack the morning of his death. We were there with all of you in spirit and send our love, sympathy and share in this loss with heavy hearts full of love for a man we all deeply loved. Rest in sweet peace Uncle Carl, you will be greatly missed!

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