In Memory of David Berglund

March 1, 1935 - June 26, 2020

On June 26, 2020 David Anselm Berglund passed away to his heavenly home after a long battle with illness.

David was born March 1, 1935 to Arvid and Ebba Berglund at their home near Balsam Branch between Amery and Balsam Lake, WI. David was baptized, confirmed and a lifelong member at Balsam Lutheran Church where he helped in many areas. He attended school at Balsam Branch, Deer Lake and Amery High School. After leaving high school he worked on the family farm with his parents. While young he also worked as a milk hauler, a cattle trucker and a relief mail carrier. In 1956 he was drafted into the US Army where he drove buses and trucks while stationed in Germany for three years. During his time in Germany, a young lady named Julaine Katzel from Isanti, MN began writing to him after encouragement from a young couple who knew both of them. Their correspondence continued and upon returning from Germany, they finally met and it was a match. They were married a year later on December 9, 1960 and settled on their own dairy farm outside of Amery. Shortly after their marriage, David was called back into the service during the Berlin Crisis but remained stateside. Upon returning to the farm, David and Julaine started their family. As a farmer, David most enjoyed machinery and field work. In addition, he sold seed corn and did a great deal of custom combining. Beyond farming, he loved to compete in tractor pulls and made it a family affair for many years. In his retirement, he took on woodworking, cutting firewood and lengthy coffee breaks with the guys. David was an active member in the Polk County Farm Bureau and served as Town Chairman of Balsam Lake Township for over 30 years, and was also a member of the Polk County Fair Board for over 30 years including many years as president. David is preceded in death by his parents, Arvid and Ebba Berglund, and his infant brother David Carl Berglund.

David is survived by Julaine, his loving wife of 59 years, his children and their families, Scott and Kathy Berglund, Jeff Berglund, Brent and Lindy Berglund, Bill and Beth Hansen; grandchildren, Nick and Ashley, Adam, Mark and Tani, Amber, Matt, Paul and great-grandson Nash, and he is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Willis and Mary Christenson, Joe and Peggy Berglund, Herald Berglund, Gary and Sharon Miller and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service with Military Honors will take place at 11:00 am on Friday, July 3, 2020 at the Balsam Lutheran Park. Please bring own lawn chair to the park. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at the Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery.

A private family interment will take place at the Balsam Lutheran Cemetery. 

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