ELMORE - Ivan Sansgard, age 93, of Elmore, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center, in Blue Earth. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Elmore, with Rev. Dale Kohrs, officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Elmore.
Visitation time will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com
Ivan was born Feb. 27, 1920, in rural Elmore, the son of John and Della (Hassebrock) Sansgard. He was born, raised and lived his entire life on the family farm east of Elmore. He was married to Evelyn G. Ristau on Sept. 13, 1942, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Elmore. Ivan and Evelyn worked together on the family farm, where they raised four children. Ivan was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir for 49 years and held several offices. He was a 4-H leader, member of the Lutheran Laymens League and was past president of the Aid Association for Lutherans where he helped many people in need. He was always quick to help friends and neighbors in need. Ivan was part of the Elmore Senior Citizens Center and was named Faribault County Senior Citizen of the year in 1997. Ivan and Evelyn enjoyed a 71-year partnership serving their family and church.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Sansgard of Blue Earth; his daughters, Jerolyne (Dale) Packer of Ames, Iowa, and Carol Anderson and special friend, Donovan Nielsen of Mankato; his son, Clair (Audrey) Sansgard of Charles City, Iowa; his son-in-law, Steven Olson of Inver Grove Heights; his goddaughter, Betty Jacobson of Clara City; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Marilyn Olson; a grandson; and a great-grandson.
Memorial donations are preferred to St. John's Lutheran Church or the American Parkinson's Disease Association.