Thief River Falls – Edward Van de Streek passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls.
Edward Van de Streek was born November 4, 1929 near Lismore, in Nobles County on the family farm, the fourth of nine children born to Egbert and Effie (Stavenger) Van de Streek.
At nine years of age, Edward moved with his family to a farm in Black River Township, near St. Hilaire. He was confirmed in 1943, as a member of Tarna Lutheran Church, St. Hilaire.
After leaving St. Hilaire High School, Ed worked for various farmers near St. Hilaire, Red Lake County, and Mavie areas.
On July 31, 1951 he entered into service with the United States Air Force. He did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and then attended Parks College of Aeronautical Technology of St. Louis University in East Saint Louis, IL, where Ed completed the course of instructions in airplane and engine mechanics.
Throughout his military service, Ed worked primarily on aircraft instruments. From November of 1952 until November of 1953 he was stationed in Japan.
In 1954 Ed married Darlene Ellefson at Ekelund Lutheran Church near Highlanding. To this union three children were born, Alan, Lana and Sheryl. This marriage ended in 1964.
Ed continued to serve in active duty at Geiger Field in Spokane, WA where he was Honorably Discharged July 30, 1955 and was transferred to the Air Force Reserve where he served for eight more years.
Following his Honorable Discharge, Ed worked a short time mining in Eveleth, before returning to the Thief River Falls area where he worked for area farmers for five years, then moved to Bagley, where he worked for a turkey and chicken farmer for five years, then in 1969 he returned to Thief River Falls where he went to work for Hartz Wholesale Warehouse.
On May 26, 1972 Ed married Myrtle (Johnson) Eggerud in Sisseton, SD. This union brought Myrtle’s four children, Millie, Orville, Jean and Eunice and their families. The couple continued to live in Thief River Falls until 1979, when they moved to Astoria, OR, where Ed went to work at a fish processing plant. The couple returned to Thief River Falls in 1985 and Ed went to work for Les’s Sanitation for a short time and a year later they moved to Bagley, where he went to work for a wood pallet plant. In the spring of 1988 they returned to Thief River Falls and he went to work for Hydra-Mac, retiring in the fall of 1994. Ed has lived and worked at Pioneer Court since 2002.
Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, woodworking, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.
He was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and was a life member of both American Legion and VFW Posts, Thief River Falls.
Survivors include three children, Alan Van de Streek, Jasper, NY, Lana (Tim) Bulger, Rosewood, and Sheryl (Tim) Danielson, Shevlin; grandchildren, Jessica, Becky, Jared, Justin, Tammi, Nichole, John, Chelsie and Chloe; great-grandchildren, Brady, Olivia, Parker, Zack, Logan, Cora, McKenzie, Ava, Dusty, Connor, Jaxon, Wyatt, Hannah, Emily, Layla, Aubree, and Braelyn; sisters, Dorothy Morehouse, Thief River Falls, Ruth Roos, Grand Forks, ND, June Jorgenson, Arlington, WA, Barb Nelson, Thief River Falls, Muriel Wavra, Gaylord, sister-in-law, Markita Van de Streek, Thief River Falls; step-daughter, Eunice (Wesley) Rud; step daughter-in-law, Diane Eggerud; step-son-in-law, John Thorstad; step-grandchildren, Diane, Mark, Susie, Paula, Austin, Larissa, Richard, Lisa, Chad, Chris, Scott, Kaylia, David, Tom, and Kathy; and many step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Myrtle; sisters, Evelyn Swanson, Mildred Robinson; brother, Harold Van de Streek; brothers-in-law, Durlyn Robinson, Walt Morehouse, Lester Swanson, Palmer Roos, Kenny Jorgenson, Dennis Nelson, and Duane Wavra; granddaughter, Kimberly Hintz; step-grandsons, Danny Thorstad and Ryan Eggerud; step-granddaughter, Kjya; step-great-grandsons, Axel and Jaecob; step-sons, Orville and Jean, step-daughter, Millie Thorstad; and other extended family.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Reverend Alex Amiot officiating. Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.