The earth was blessed with the precious life of Earl M. Magnuson for 71 years, 1 month, and 12 days.
Earl was born on August 16, 1944 in Halstad, MN. He grew up on the family farm near Grandin, ND, attended a one room county school through 8th grade, and graduated from Hendrum High School in 1962. He married Linda Anderson in July of 1963. Together they had one child, Rhonda, who died at birth.
Earl served his country during the Vietnam War as a Marine. We have always been proud of his service. After his return, he graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in Business.
On June 28, 1986 Earl married Debra (Salveson) Larson – and her children, Josh and Tim. Four years later he was able to adopt them and the Magnuson family was complete.
The majority of his career was spent at Abbott, Arne, Schwindt Inc. in Moorhead. Earl began the Rural Water Division for the company in the late 1970’s and it continues today.
Earl was the kindest, smartest, calmest man any of us knew. He loved his family, friends, and nature. Above all he was grateful to God for the richness and fullness of his life.
Earl is survived by his wife, Deb; his sons, Josh (Amy) Magnuson and Tim (Krystel) Magnuson; his four precious grandchildren – Olivia Grace, Evie Lynn, Ethan Earl, and Noah James. Also surviving are his mother, Ione; his brothers – Sigurd (Joyce) Magnuson, Gary (Annette) Magnuson, and Timothy (Sharon) Magnuson; his sister, Connie (John) Nygaard; his in-laws, Carolyn and Frank Russo, Diane and Gary Johnson and the Anderson family. Nieces, nephews, and God children were especially important to him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Magnus; his daughter, Rhonda; and Deb’s parents, Rev. Jerry and Joan Salveson.