Milo Sandeen, 85 of Oklee, MN passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.
Visitation will be held from Noon until 1:30 PM on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee, MN. Burial will be at Zion Cemetery in Oklee with military honors provided by the Oklee American Legion Honor Guard and Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard. Please follow CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
Milo Emil Sandeen was born June 25, 1935, in Crookston, MN the son of Emil and Mary (Stensvik) Sandeen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Oklee, MN and attended school in Oklee, MN graduating with the class of 1953.
In January of 1958, Milo entered service with the United States Army and was stationed for a time in Taiwan and Japan. His specialty was in communications and he was an expert marksman. In December of 1959, Milo was Honorably Discharged and returned to live in Oklee.
In July of 1960, Milo was united in marriage to Eleanor Brinkman, and to this union, three children were born, Greg, Darrell, and Angela.
Milo along with his brother Lowell, owned and operated the Hill River Mink Ranch for several years. Milo eventually went to work for Alvin Jensen at his mink ranch for a time before moving to Easton, WA where he also worked at a mink ranch.
After returning to Oklee, Milo went to work at the Oklee Elevator where he met his future wife, Betty Vad Hanson. On November 29, 1980, the couple were married in Oklee where they continued to reside. Milo continued to work at the Oklee Elevator for over 43 years. He retired and went back to work for the elevator part-time and also worked as a substitute mail carrier out of Erskine, MN.
The love of Milo’s life was fishing; he went for any kind of fish he could find from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and everything in between. He especially enjoyed sharing his catch with family and friends. He liked to tinker around the house, work on machinery, cut wood, and spending time outdoors. For the last twenty years, he and Betty have spent their winters in Rockport-Fulton, TX, and have made many good friends from all over.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post in Oklee.
Survivors include his loving wife, Betty of Oklee; son, Darrell of Oklee; daughter, Angela Sandeen Huber of Owatonna, MN; step-children, Anita (Mark) Vettleson of Brooks, MN, Kimberly Pickett of Oklee, and Robert (Rochelle) Hanson of Valley Springs, SD; grandchildren, Brianna, Kayla, Gunnar, Tasha, Tristan; step-grandchildren, Derick, Erika, Lindsay, Nickolas, Andrew, Sydnie, Caitlyn, Gabriella; great-grandchildren, Ellie Mae, Kori, Nora, Graig, Riley, Avery, Kaiza, Paxley, Krimzen, Brooklyn, Regan, Crew, Brody, Sophia, Keaden, Nora and Emmitt.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lowell (Jean); son, Greg; infant son, Dale; and step-great grandson, Blake.