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Earl Norgaard

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Funeral services for Mr. Earl Norgaard, 83, of Dickens, were held Wednesday, April 7, at Faith Pentecostal Church in Spencer. Rev. Dale L. Hodges officiated the service.

Interment took place in Dickens Cemetery in Dickens.

Mr. Nogaard passed away Friday, April 2, 2010, at Northshire Residence in Spencer.

Earl Stanley Norgaard, the son of Hans Peter and Christine Marie Buttker Norgaard, was born Feb. 11, 1927, in Colter, Iowa. When he was a child, his family moved to the Spencer area where he received his early education and graduated from the Spencer High School in 1944. Following his schooling, Earl enlisted with the National Guard and served for over 12 years.

On Nov. 14, 1948, Earl married Phyllis Chapman in Rochester, Minn. Following their marriage, they farmed in Rochester for six years, they then moved to Spencer in 1953 and then to Dickens in 1962, where he continued farming and trucking. In his younger years, Earl enjoyed racing cars in Jackson, Minn. and Milford. He was a faithful member of the Faith Pentecostal Church in Spencer. Anyone that knew Earl would say he lived his life as a hard worker. But Earl always found time for the loves of his life. He had a love of Harley motorcycles. He had a love for trucks. He had a love for his family as many memorable stories can be told. But most of all Earl had a very strong love for the Lord.

Although leery, Earl went forward at a Lundstrom Crusade on March 25, 1971, and he gave his life to the Lord. This was the beginning of his Christian life. As Phyllis will tell you "He was hooked on the Lord!" Earl would often leave in the morning in his truck with his Bible in hand so that he was ready to share the Lord wherever he went. He would often ask the Lord to let him meet people so that he could share his faith. The Lord answered Earl's prayers and allowed him to meet people in truck stops and in rest areas as he traveled. Earl often shared his stories with others and felt blessed by the people he was able to lead to the gospel.

Earl wants everyone to remember him as a "Crusader for the Lord" and still is.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Phyllis; his children: Alan (Laualee) Norgaard of Ankeny, Peter (Rosemary) Norgaard of Dickens, Bruce (Tammy) Norgaard of Merril, David (Mary) Norgaard of Sioux Rapids, Suzann (Terry) Rabel of Spencer, Dennis (Marleen) Norgaard of Dickens, and Sheri (Don) Young of Story City; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home in Spencer was in charge of arrangements.