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Edwin “Ed” O. Silrum, 90

Sep 18, 2011

Eagan – Edwin “Ed” O. Silrum, the youngest of seven children was born June 28, 1921 to Ole and Elizabeth (Gronfor) Silrum near Bricelyn. Ed was baptized, confirmed and nurtured in the Christian faith at Bethany Lutheran Church, Frost. After graduating from Bricelyn High School in 1939, Ed worked as an auto mechanic until enlisting in the U.S. Navy in June of 1942 and serving in the South Pacific until his discharge in December 1945.

On Sept. 13, 1947, Ed married Marie Mitchell, of Cylinder, Iowa. Ed attended Augsburg College, Minneapolis. Upon graduation in 1953, he entered Luther Theological Seminary. He graduated and was ordained as a pastor in 1957. Following ordination, Ed served several parishes including Our Redeemer’s and Nannestad-Klondike Lutheran Churches (Badger), Amo and Bethany Lutheran Churches (Storden), Central Lutheran Church (Spokane, Wash.), and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Clarkston, Wash.), and numerous interim ministries in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota and Iowa.

Ed Silrum, age 90, of Eagan, died Sept. 12, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ole and Elizabeth Silrum; sisters, Alma Holmseth and Dena Erdal; brothers, Rueben Silrum and Thilmer Silrum.

Ed is survived by his wife, Marie Silrum; daughters, Linda Silrum (Michael Hansen), of Minneapolis, Lois (Mark) Docken, of Chatfield, and Mary (Dennis) Mitchell, of Lone Rock, Iowa; sons, Kyle (Carol) Silrum, of Vista, Calif., and Jim (Marci) Silrum, of Mandan, N.D.; and grandchildren, Daniella Jeska-Silrum, Seth Jeska-Silrum, Kirstin (Daron) Docken Showalter, Steffen Docken, Tessia Rockey and Soren Docken. Ed is also survived by a sister, Esther Hanson, and brother, Jorgen Silrum; sisters-in-law, Mavis Silrum and Elaine Davidson; brothers-in-law, Arnold Haller and Dale (Mary) Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews.

Ed will be missed by many in this life who he touched in meaningful ways over the years. We are thankful that he is at peace, free of pain, and relishing in all that Christ prepared for him in his heavenly home.

Memorial Services were held Sept. 16, 2011, at Easter Lutheran Church, in Eagan. Private Interment will be held later at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.