JACKSON - Loren B. Shelgren, 95, of Fairmont, formerly of Jackson, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Mayo Health System-Fairmont. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at United Methodist Church in Jackson, with Pastors David Brown and Peter Law officiating. Inurnment will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, with military rites by the Jackson American Legion and VFW posts.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Loren Benson Shelgren was born Sept. 2, 1917, in Murdock, Minn., the son of Herbert P. and Benora (Benson) Shelgren. As a child, his family moved to Petersburg, Minn., where he earned his high school diploma in 1935. He later graduated from Dunwoody Institute. After his education, he came back to Jackson and worked as an electrician before working for Northwestern Bell. He had served in the U.S. Army in Europe and North Africa. After his return to the States, he was united in marriage to Stella Mae Clarksean on Nov. 29, 1945, at her home in Petersburg Township, Jackson County. After marriage, they moved to Luverne from 1945 to 1947, then to Austin from 1947 to 1948. They moved to a farm in Petersburg Township. After Stella's death, Loren continued to live on the farm until he wintered at the Pines. Then in 2006, he moved to Fairmont, where he married Linda Anderson. After her death, he remained in Fairmont and later became a resident of the Lakeview Methodist Healthcare Center. Loren passed away at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the age of 95 years, three months and three days.
Loren had been a member of the United Methodist Church in Jackson; he had served as a representative to both the district and state conferences for the church. He was a volunteer and served on the Lakeview Methodist Healthcare Center for 23 years. He was involved in the development of Decision Hills Bible Camp near Spicer. He was a member of the Jackson American Legion and VFW posts. He had been certified as an assessor and appraiser and helped train people when the new Medicare programs came into effect.
Loren is survived by his daughter, Diane Shelgren and husband, George Loomis of Excelsior, Minn.; his son, David and his wife, Monica Shelgren of Fairmont, Minn.; four grandchildren, Hilary and Sophie Shelgren, Caroline (Hoskinson) and David Loomis; five great-grandsons, Jack and Ryan Hoskinson, David, Michael and Aidan Loomis.
Loren was preceded in death by his parents, his two wives, Stella and Linda; a brother, Wesley Shelgren and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Blessed be the memory of Loren Benson Shelgren.