Blue Earth Ike Enderson passed away on Jan. 15, 2013. He was born April 10, 1906, to Omen and Belinda (Swinilid) Enderson, near Standhope, Iowa. He grew up on the family farm and later moved to Story City, Iowa, with his parents. He graduated from the Story City High School in 1925 and continued his education at St. Olaf College, graduating in 1929. After graduation, he moved to Platteville, Wis., where he was employed for 17 years as a store manager with Gamble-Skogmo company. He also supervised six associate stores in that area.
Ike married Hazel Omundson, of Roland, Iowa, and they had three daughters. In 1946 Ike moved his family to Blue Earth and with his brother-in-law, Floyd Omundson, purchased the Paul Dittert Plumbing and Heating Company. Later, they added and operated a Marshall Wells Hardware Store until Marshall Wells went out of business. At that time, Floyd moved to Michigan and Ike operated a Plumbing and Heating Shop and a Gift Shop for many years. In the 70s and 80s Ike also operated an insulation business, until his retirement, in Blue Earth.
Enderson is survived by three daughters, Barbara (Fred) Ryan, of Minneapolis, Karen (Jack) Gustafson, Manitowoc, Wis., and Kathryn Ylvisaker, Niskauna, N.Y. He is further survived by six grandchildren, Dan Ryan, Kelley (Ryan) Jacobs, Jodi Gustafson, Jeffrey Gustafson, Jessica (Ylvisaker) Hollahan, and Ben Ylvisaker. Also, seven great-grandchildren, and a special friend, Mae Ellestad.
Ike was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, in 1998, one son-in-law, Mark Ylvisaker, in 2009; six sisters, Isabelle Madson, Bertha Hanson, Ovedia Bergland, Sarah Paulson, Julia Swenson, and Gladys Enderson; and four brothers, Andrew, Thomas, Jacob (infant) and Rev. Jacob Enderson.