Iven A. Bisgard 1951-2009
GRAETTINGER — Iven Albert Bisgard was born March 16, 1951, in Estherville, the son of Albert and Lois (Bensen) Bisgard. He was a 1969 graduate of Graettinger High School. Iven continued his education at Sheldon Community College of Mechanics and Technology, University of South Dakota at Springfield, SD, and Jackson Technical College in Jackson, MN.
Iven was united in marriage to Cindy Simington on Aug. 7, 1976 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger. He worked for the Farmers Co-op Elevator in Graettinger and Spencer Foods in Spencer before working as an electrician for GKN-Armstrong Wheels in Armstrong. He later transferred to the Estherville plant where he was currently employed.
Iven was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church where he served on the church council, and he was a former member of the Jaycees. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, woodworking, fishing, gardening and camping but nothing was more enjoyable to him than spending time with his two grandsons, Jordan and Koda.
On Tuesday, May 13, 2009 Iven lost his battle with cancer at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Cindy of Graettinger; daughter, Lacey Saul (Mike) of Graettinger; two grandsons: Jordan and Koda Saul of Graettinger; his mother Lois Lundgren of Graettinger; a sister, LaVon Park of Graettinger; brother, Paul Bisgard (Pam) of Nashua; two step-brothers: Neil Lundgren (Gayle) of Reinbeck and Ted Lundgren of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Albert; infant-daughter, Heather; father-in-law, Jerry Simington; and two brothers-in-law: James Park and Randy Simington.
Funeral service was Saturday, May 16, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger. Burial was in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery of South Walnut Township. Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home of Graettinger was in charge of the arrangements.