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Ernest I. Bengtson

September 25, 1919 October 9, 2008
Ernest I. Bengtson
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Ernest I. Bengtson, age 89, of Luck, WI, died Thursday, October 9, 2008, at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Ernest was born September 25, 1919, in Clam Falls Township east of Seven Pines to John L. Bengtson and Emma S.C. (Sederlund) Bengtson. Ernie attended Rocky Ridge Rural School grades 1-8. After briefly starting high school, Ernie’s dad became ill and Ernie needed to leave school and work the farm. He farmed with horses – one of his first and long-lasting passions. Ernie met Helen Fischer and on February 7, 1942, they married. They started their life together farming south of Lewis. They lost an infant son on November 11, 1942. One year later they welcomed a daughter, Lois, into their lives. Ernie worked with horses farming and logging, operated a trucking business with Ervin Sederlund, and worked as a field manager for a canning company. His physical labors were compromised by injury from a farm accident. Following surgery in 1976, he was disabled due to the injury. He loved his family, friends, neighbors, and especially little children. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Glenn Allen; brother, Gordon W. Bengtson; his wife of nearly 50 years, Helen; and son-in-law, Arlo Thompson. Ernie spent the last years of his life in nursing home care. He resided in Luck at the United Pioneer Home to be near his family. Survivors include daughter, Lois, and her husband, Ardell Baldwin; sisters, Lucille Hedlund and Edith Mohnsen; extended family, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ernie's life was celebrated at a memorial service held at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in Lewis on October 13. Pastors Tom Cook, Steve Ward, and Maggie Isaacson officiated. Music was provided by organist, Gloria Chell and soloists, Loren G. Nelson, and Pastor Maggie Isaacson. Interment will follow at a later date. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, WI, was entrusted with arrangements. For information call 715-327-4475.

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