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Truman Strand, 92

Truman Edward Strand, 92, formerly of Pelican Rapids, died October 22, 2013 at Grand Arbor Senior care center in Alexandria.

Truman was born November 22, 1920 in Glenwood to Thosten and Blanche (Barsness) Strand. He grew up on Lake Minnewaska and attended country school near Glenwood. Truman graduated from Glenwood High school in 1938. In September 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was stationed in New Jersey with the Armys 325th Fighter Squadron maintaining armaments on the P-47 fighters.

After his discharge, he returned to Glenwood working in the hardware store, where he met Phyllis Lane, a teacher from Hunter, North Dakota. On August 17, 1947, they married in Glenwood and moved to Centerville, South Dakota, where he purchased the Coast to Coast hardware store.

In 1953, they purchased the Coast to Coast store in Pelican Rapids, which Truman operated until his retirement. Phyllis passed away May 24, 2002 at Pelican Valley Nursing Home in Pelican Rapids.

Truman loved Pelican Rapids and was an active member of the Rotary Club. He worked hard at developing the suspension bridge, city parks, Maplewood State Park and many other city projects.

Truman served as mayor of Pelican Rapids, was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, with his priorities being God, family and friends. Truman enjoyed his cabin on Lake Lida, especially when family and friends could join him. Winters were spent in Apache Junction, Arizona, with hiking the mountains being one of his favorite passions.

In 2003, Truman married JoAnne Lucius, and they enjoyed many years of travel until his ill health.

Truman is survived by his wife, JoAnne of Alexandria; children, Steve (Chelsea) of Pelican Rapids, David (Cindi) of Pelican Rapids, Paul (Carol) of Rocklin, California, son-in-law Daryl Weiss of East Grand Forks; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-children; six step-grandchildren and sister-in-law Mary Ann Strand.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; his parents, Thosten and Blanche; daughter Ginger Weiss; brothers Ralph and Clint; and sister Evelyn.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids, with Pastor Laurie Skow-Anderson officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, October 25, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment will take place at Ringsaker Cemetery in rural Pelican Rapids.

Arrangements are with Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids.

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