April 02, 2015 11:00 A.M. with a visitation one hour prior.Davenport Lutheran Church
April 01, 2015
6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
April 01, 2015Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel
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).