Edward Lowell Redenius

FAIRMONT – A memorial service for Edward Lowell Redenius, 78, of Fairmont, will be 11 a.m. May 17, 2014, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 212 N. Prairie St., Sherburn, Minn. There will be a meal for all after the service.

An open house to have time to visit with family will be held at 3 p.m. May 17 at 746 W. Lair Rd., Fairmont.

Ed passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Lutz Wing in Fairmont.

Edward was born Nov. 16, 1935, in Martin County, Minn., to Edward Francis Redenius and Dorothy Bertha (Kasten) Redenius. He grew up on the family farm in Rolling Green Township, Martin County, Minn. He attended country school district #90 and then continued attending the higher grades in Welcome, Minn. He obtained his GED in 1986. Ed’s father died Jan. 4, 1949, as a result of a farm accident. Ed and his brother farmed, then he and his brother Royal began trucking as well. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard of Minnesota and served from April 5, 1957, until his honorable discharge on Dec. 31, 1962. Ed was united in marriage to Mary Kay Saxton on Nov. 14, 1964, at United Methodist Church in Sherburn. They continued to farm until his retirement in the fall of 2001. They were blessed with a son, Mark, on Feb. 22, 1967, who helped with the farming operation and then farmed in partnership with his parents after college. Ed was baptized and confirmed at Evangelical and Reformed Church, later United Church of Christ, in Fairmont, Minn. After he was married, he became a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sherburn. He was a church council member and was proud to be one of those who worked to build a new church building in the 1990s. In 2006, Ed and Mary Kay moved from the farm to Fairmont.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay; son, Mark (Rhonda) Redenius; granddaughter, Hailey Redenius; former daughter-in-law, Kristine Redenius; brothers, Royal (Bonnie) Redenius, and Harvey (Gene) Redenius; brothers and sisters-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, George Robert and Marjorie Iris (Redenius) Saxton; aunts, uncles, brother-in-law, nephew, niece, cousin, and other relatives.