Lowell Leonard Strombeck, of Mora, died on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Walker Methodist Levande in Cambridge. He was 86 years old.
He was born to parents Emil and Ann (Irene) Strombeck on June 5, 1933, in St. Paul. During his childhood he lived in Minneapolis, Estes Brook and then Mora where he resided near the family farm for the rest of his life. He enjoyed living on the farm in Mora and spent many hours driving and working the fields on either a team of horses or a tractor.
In 1953, at the age of 19, he was drafted into the service and was sent to the Korean War where he served for two years. Upon his discharge he returned to Mora where he met, fell in love with and was united in marriage to Elaine Carlson. They were married for 32 years, from 1958 until Elaine’s death in 1991. During this time, he worked at a variety of companies in the Mora area until he accepted a job at Onan, in Fridley, as a sheet metal specialist; he worked there for 24 years until retiring in 1996. He married Margaret (Bankers) Hedstrom in 1995; they were married for 24 years until her death in April of 2019.
His greatest passion in life was being a farmer; he always had plans to retire ‘next year.’ He loved to drive and maintain his many tractors and array of farm equipment. He was also dedicated to improving his land which took the form of contouring his fields for optimal production, landscaping his property with ponds and a bridge and planting hundreds of trees.
He is survived by his children, Karla Strombeck, Karen (Dennis) Freed, Kathy Eymann, Keith (Kelly) Strombeck; stepchildren, Kale (Diane) Hedstrom, Tara Rushing, Neff (Geneva) Hedstrom, Hoyle (Rickey) Walls; 11 grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren, eight stepgreat-grandchildren; sister, Pepper Walker; brother, Delano (LuAnn) Strombeck; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brunswick. Rev. Sierra Westerman and Chaplain Jill Schwendeman officiated. Music was provided by Katie Nelson. Military honors were provided by Mora American Legion Post 201. Burial was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com