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Owen L. Wahlstrand

Owen L. Wahlstrand

March 29, 2017

Owen L. Wahlstrand, age 72, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire. 

Owen was born in Willmar, Minnesota to Harry and Ruth (Sims) Wahlstrand on January 30, 1945. He graduated from Willmar High School. On July 2, 1966, he married his high school sweetheart, Toni Holmberg, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. He graduated with a BA in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus college in 1967.  In September of that year, Owen enlisted in the Army serving in Korea for 15 months. During his career as a Human Resources Director, he worked for Montgomery Ward, Schaak Electronics, Menards, Sunburst Youth Homes, and Cummins Filtration.    

He enjoyed life through his many passions which included; music (choir, violin, viola, and listening to live and recorded performances), silent sports (especially biking), teaching fitness, directing choir, training employees, and his great love of family. Owen admired the beauty of the Wisconsin hills and waterways and traveling to new places.

Owen is survived by his wife, Toni; children, Disa and Ryan; granddaughter, Teckla; brother, Myron (Sue) Wahlstrand; sister, Harriet (Russell) DeWolfe; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father- and mother-in-law, Tony and Viola Holmberg, and sister-in-law, Karen (Ken) Wilson.

The family of Owen wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff of Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Clarie Critical Care Unit and Dr. Kincaid and the cardiac staff.

Service

Celebration of Life: 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Reverend Jamie Brieske officiating

Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Evergreen Funeral Home

A private family interment will be held at a later date

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to:
the National Parkinson Foundation http://www.parkinson.org/,
the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research https://www.michaeljfox.org/,
or Immanuel Lutheran Church