Willard Ernest Nordberg, age 89, of Dassel, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
He was born Feb. 25, 1921, in Cokato, the son of Olaf and Emma (Westman) Nordberg. Willard grew up on the family farm west of Dassel, and attended Washington Mills District 31 School.
He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.
Willard was united in marriage to the love of his life, Dorothy Lee at her parent’s house south of Litchfield, in Greenleaf Township, in 1942. They purchased Willard’s family farm, where they shared the past 68 years together.
Willard loved to spend time on his Farmall tractors, getting ready to plant and harvest his crops of wheat, corn, and beans. In addition to farming, he drove truck for Haapala Seed, Anderson Box Company, Storm Industries, Jaydee, and Miller Manufacturing.
He was a member of the Cokato Horseshoe Club, loved to bowl, and when he was young, he was an avid fast pitch softball player.
Willard was a quiet and caring man who thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Dassel; children Janet Midtling of Cokato, Howard (Linda) Nordberg, Leon (Lisa) Nordberg, and Nancy (Alan) Olson, all of Dassel; daughter-in-law Penny Jessop of Frazee; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Willard was preceded in death by an infant son, Douglas; son Dennis; his parents; and five siblings: Mamie Nelson, Alyce Nyquist, Gladys Nordstrom, Ivy Cole, and Gordon Nordberg.
The funeral service took place Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment was at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
Visitation was Monday, Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, and continued Tuesday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.