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Fiksdal Funeral Service
Friday January 10th, 2014

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Clarence Sandvik

Clarence Sandvik, 89 of Bristol died on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol. His funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 10, 2014 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster, Rev. Jan FitzGibbon will officiate. Burial will be at Bergen Lutheran Cemetery near Bristol. Visitation will be on Thursday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services on Friday at the funeral home. Clarence Sheldon Sandvik was born on Monday, December 1, 1924 to Lars and Lena (Grove) Sandvik at Peabody Hospital in Webster, South Dakota. His family lived in Union Township, Day County north of Bristol. He was baptized and confirmed at Bergen Lutheran Church. He attended country school in Lynn Township, District 152 and later graduated from Bristol High School in 1942. He was proud to be one of the first delegates to attend Boy’s State when it started in Aberdeen in 1941. At Boy’s State, he was elected Mayor of Los Angeles; he told that story many times. He was sponsored by the American Legion. Clarence was a farmer most of his life except a short time when he lived in the state of Washington. On June 27, 1947 he was united in marriage to Edith Thorness at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. He worked for the Coast to Coast store in Webster. In 1948 the couple moved to his parent’s farm, which they later purchased. In October 1997 the couple retired from farming and moved to Bristol. He was a member of Bergen Lutheran Church where he served as an usher, trustee, deacon and also sang in the church choir. Clarence passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Bristol, South Dakota at the age of 89 years, 1 month and 4 days. Survivors include his wife, Edith of Bristol; four daughters, Pam Kirchmeier of Watertown, SD, Monica (Tom) Oberle of Ft. Payne, AL, Gwen (Don) Gross and Laurel Morris, both of Aberdeen, SD; ten grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Lester and John, four sisters, Edith Barton, Nelvina Donat, Lila Taplin and Iva Anderson and a son-in-law, Dennis Kirchmeier.

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I love you, Dad. This still seems so unreal; it's hard to walk into the house and not be able to see and talk with you. Yesterday, the nursing home had a remembrance service for you; it was very short, but very nice. Missing you much.

Gwen Jan 14 2014 12:00 AM

We love you, Dad, and will miss your stories and humor. So happy we had you with us as long as we did.

Laurel Jan 11 2014 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Clarence Sandvik

Laurel Jan 11 2014 12:00 AM

My warmest thoughts and deepest sympathy to you all. Esther, Norway

Esther Fagerlie Jan 9 2014 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Clarence Sandvik

Esther Fagerlie Jan 9 2014 12:00 AM

Our families have so much in common. Your dad's birthday December 1, 1924; My dad's birthday December 3, 1923 Your parent's anniversary June 27, 1947; My parent's anniversary June 29, 1946 Each had 4 children Each farmed near Bristol Several of the kids graduated together! Pam/Rob Gwen/Richard Laurel/Merry Laurel and both tail enders! by 12 years... Both dad's loved to dance! Both mom's would get upset if too much jigging was going on! So many memories! No wonder we are friends for life! Love you and your family! Merry

Merry Lone Jan 9 2014 12:00 AM

I am not sure where to start with the memories of Clarence and Edith sharing good times with my mom and dad. From card playing to dinners out to dancing at the VFW and other places around the area, the friends were always together. I remember Clarence saying to me after my dad died, "What am I going to do? I lost my best friend." And yes, Raymond was a friend to many and was very much missed by all as Clarence will be. My sympathy to Edith and his children and grandchildren. There are two very special angels watching over us all and sharing their jokes and coffee. May God hold you in the palm of his hand as you continue on Earth without this very special person. Sincerely, Deb (Johnson) Canton.

Deb (Johnson) Canton Jan 6 2014 12:00 AM

I love my Grandpa very much. He didn't have much to say but when he did, he always made everyone laugh. I will always remember him climbing the tree out on the farm with us kids. Makes me smile. He will be missed, but always in my heart.

Rebecca Slatt Jan 6 2014 12:00 AM