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Dwight Lyman Sandgren, 86

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Bemidji,Minnesota with Rev. David Benedict officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Kelliher under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
Dwight was born November 13, 1948 in Detroit Lakes, MN, to Rev. Leo Sandgren and Esther (LaMeter) Sandgren.  He graduated from Austin, MN, public schools and was the Minnesota State wrestling champion in 1946 in the 127 lb. weight class.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1946, serving in Germany, Japan, and in Vietnam as an officer in the Military Police, Intelligence, and Counterintelligence. He graduated from TaylorUniversity in 1952 with a degree in Languages. Major Sandgren retired from active duty in September 1972.
Dwight married Jane Roberts in 1958 in Kalamazoo, MI.  She passed away in 1984. They worked in youth development at Colorado Junior Republic near Boulder, CO as house parents, in admissions, and as chaplains.  He obtained his real estate broker’s license in Colorado in 1978 and moved back to Waskish, MN in 1981.
In 1988, he married Vernice Dagen in Karlstad, MN and moved to Bemidji, in 1990.  Together, they spent many winters in Orlando, FL. The family treasures the memory of over 20 years of fun and fellowship in their log home in rural Bemidji. He especially enjoyed his new family of children and grandchildren.
Dwight loved the challenge of building and flying remote control airplanes, was an avid reader and a life-long learner.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife, Jane; his brother, Duane; and his sister, Faith.
He is survived by his wife, Vernice; his brothers Paul (Eunice), Kennewick, WA; and Leo, Ocala, FL; numerous nieces and nephews; stepchildren Celeste (Neil) Skogerboe, Bemidji, MN; Margo (Terry) Soltvedt, Karlstad, MN; Justin (Donna) Dagen, Karlstad, MN; Natalie (Jon) Peterson, Willmar, MN; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Dwight trusted his Lord Jesus Christ, and Micah 6:8 served as a guiding principle for his life.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Casketbearers will be his grandchildren.
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