Neil Irving Ingvalson, 84, Austin

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 12, 2002

Neil Irving Ingvalson, age 84, of Austin, formerly of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died Saturday morning, Aug. 10, 2002, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

He was born Feb. 11, 1918, in Udolpho Township, Mower County, the son of Nels and Levena (Hanson) Ingvalson. He attended Red Oak Country School and Blooming Prairie High School, graduating in 1937. On July 31, 1941, he was united in marriage to Nina Kittelson at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. They made their home on the family farm for 37 years. During that time, Neil operated a Holstein dairy farm, with a prize-winning herd. In 1956, he converted to poultry and egg production and established Ingvalson Eggs. He supplied grade AA eggs to stores, schools, restaurants and etc. within a fifty miles radius of his farm. During this time, Neil was awarded the Ford Farm Efficiency Award. He established the Ingvalson Scholarship at Blooming Prairie High School for students entering the agriculture field. After their retirement, Neil and Nina moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., returning to the Austin area in June of 2002.

Neil was a member of the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, serving as congregational chairman, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and served as Sunday School Superintendent. He also served on the Udolpho Township Board. While living in Lake Havasu City, Neil was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, the Golden Kiwanis, Salvation Army, the Senior Citizen Advisory Board, as well as being involved in the Cursillo Organization. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, traveling, and being with his family.

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Survivors include his wife, Nina Ingvalson of Austin; four daughters: Linda (Ronald) Beckman of Sioux Falls, S.D., Cheryl Patterson of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Lisa Wiese of Owatonna, and Cara (Lynden) Smith of Albert Lea; one son, Brent (Jennie Roberts) Ingvalson of Blooming Prairie; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law: Diane (Larry) Klein of Elk River, and Pam Ingvalson of Blooming Prairie; and many other relatives and friends.

A son, Naven Ingvalson, and son-in-law, Mark Wiese, preceded him in death.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin, with the Rev. Bruce Falksen officiating. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin on Monday, Aug. 12, from 5-7 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.