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Published May 03, 2013, 12:00 AM

Alton Bendickson

Alton Bendickson, 63, Bejou, MN, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at Veteran Administration Health Care Systems in Fargo, ND, after a courageous battle against cancer.

Alton Keith Bendickson was born March 24, 1950, in Mahnomen, MN, the son of Bertram and Albertha (TerWisscha) Bendickson. He grew up and attended grade school in Bejou. Alton graduated from Mahnomen High School with the class of 1968. In 1969, he entered the US Army. After his honorable discharge in 1971, Alton worked as a police officer in the cities of Fertile and Mahnomen before becoming a deputy for the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office. In the early 1980's, he was employed at American Crystal Sugar and then for Roger Wang in his plumbing and heating business. Most recently, Alton worked for Stenerson Home Improvement of Moorhead for 12 years, and was also employed part-time at Hector Airport as a security guard. Alton continued to work both jobs until his failing health forced him into retirement. His optimistic attitude was an inspiration to all.

Alton Bendickson

Alton Bendickson, 63, Bejou, MN, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at Veteran Administration Health Care Systems in Fargo, ND, after a courageous battle against cancer.

Alton Keith Bendickson was born March 24, 1950, in Mahnomen, MN, the son of Bertram and Albertha (TerWisscha) Bendickson. He grew up and attended grade school in Bejou. Alton graduated from Mahnomen High School with the class of 1968. In 1969, he entered the US Army. After his honorable discharge in 1971, Alton worked as a police officer in the cities of Fertile and Mahnomen before becoming a deputy for the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office. In the early 1980's, he was employed at American Crystal Sugar and then for Roger Wang in his plumbing and heating business. Most recently, Alton worked for Stenerson Home Improvement of Moorhead for 12 years, and was also employed part-time at Hector Airport as a security guard. Alton continued to work both jobs until his failing health forced him into retirement. His optimistic attitude was an inspiration to all.

He is survived by his mother Albertha, Mahnomen; two sons, William (Tammy) Bendickson, Buckley, WA and Michael Bendickson, Crookston, MN; two step-daughters, Shirley (Doug) Falkenhagen, Tacoma, WA and Tonya Gunderson, Crookston, MN; three sisters: Barbara Flakne, Fertile, MN, LaVonne (Mark) Froemke, Crookston, MN and Carol (Joe) Farrell, Big Lake, MN; seven brothers: Harlan (Diane) Moorhead, MN, Gary (Joyce) Bejou, MN, Gene (Laura) Bejou, MN, Dale (Susan) Bejou, MN, Bert. Jr (Andrea) Bejou, MN, Curtis, Moorhead, MN, Lyndon (Robin) Mahnomen, MN, four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Alton was preceded in death by his father, and 2 brothers-in-law.

Memorial services will be held tomorrow, May 4, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bejou, MN, with a time of gathering one hour before at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen.

www.andersonmattson.com

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