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Published February 03, 2013, 12:00 AM

Edvin Skurdal

Edvin Skurdal passed away January 22, 2013, in Raymore, MO. A graveside service in Fargo for family and friends will be on Friday, February 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A time for remembering and visiting will follow at Arbuckle Lodge, 4325 23rd Ave S.



Edvin Skurdal

Edvin Skurdal passed away January 22, 2013, in Raymore, MO. A graveside service in Fargo for family and friends will be on Friday, February 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A time for remembering and visiting will follow at Arbuckle Lodge, 4325 23rd Ave S.

Edvin was born on March 5, 1917, in Benson County, ND, the fifth of 14 children of Anton and Anna Skurdal. In 1919 the family moved from the Esmond homestead to a farm east of Williston ND. Ed was one of eleven who survived childhood farm life on the semiarid high prairie. He attended Williston High School and Dakota Business School in Fargo ND.

After moving to Fargo for business school, Ed married Myrtle Palm in October 1940. He served in the Navy during WW II as Pharmacist First Class. Ed learned many skills during his life and could fix anything with some time, pliers and baling wire. While nurturing his family he was also generous with time and money for Christian causes. Ed was a man of integrity, humility, dependability, faith and family.

During Ed’s career with the IRS he was a problem-solver, working from entry-level to management. In 1966 the family moved to Kansas City, MO, following a promotion. After IRS retirement Ed worked ten years supervising tax-preparers. After his second retirement, he and Myrtle volunteered many hours at the Lighthouse (a home for unwed mothers) in Kansas City.

In 1994 Myrtle and Ed moved to the retirement community of Foxwood Springs. Following Myrtle’s passing in 2005, Ed developed a friendship with Jane Pendell, whom he had met while each was attending to a spouse in Stage IV nursing. Ed and Jane married in 2007 and shared five happy years together.

Ed is survived by his wife Jane; siblings Gust, Emil, Myrtle and Carl; sons Marlo (Colleen) in MN, AJ (Linda) in WA and Evan (Billie) in MO; step-daughter Elizabeth O’Brien (KS); grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue River Bible Church at 15608 Fairchild DR Belton, MO 64012 or The Fellowship of John, c/o Foxwood Springs Living Center, 1500 W Foxwood DR, Raymore MO 64083.

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