GRUVER - Memorial services for Albert George Berven, 81, of Estherville will be held 9 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gruver with Pastor Harold Heinzig officiating. Interment will be held at Swan Lake Township Cemetery in Gruver.
He died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.
Albert was born on March 27, 1931, to George and Minnie Berven at his home in rural Emmet County. He graduated from Maple Hill High School in 1949. Following graduation, Albert worked on the railroad, and then served in active duty in the United States Army from 1952-1954 where he earned an honorable discharge. He was united in marriage to Carol Johnson on Aug. 18, 1957, in Zumbrota, Minn., and the couple made their home in rural Ringsted where they farmed together and raised their three children. With the exception of the time spent in military service, Albert lived his entire life in Emmet County where he was engaged in farming until his retirement.
In retirement, Albert enjoyed playing cards at the Good Samaritan Center and in his various card clubs. He loved buying and selling cars, raising cattle, riding horses and spending time with his grandkids.
Albert is survived by his wife, Carol, of Estherville; their three children including David (Lecia) Berven, Beth (Jim) Simon and Becky (Scott) Brunsvold; and six grandchildren, Ryan Berven, Derek Berven, Alyson Berven, Megan Simon, Sarah Simon and Brandon Brunsvold. In addition, Albert is survived by his brother, Donald Berven, of Graettinger.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Berven; father, George Berven; sisters, Gladys Gjerde and Freida Johnson and infant brother, Robert Berven. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com.