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Edwin Albert Lenius, 97, of Perham died on April 10 at Perham Living. Funeral services were held on April 21 at St Paul's Lutheran Church, Perham, with Pastor Carl Noble officiating.

Edwin was born on June 30, 1916 at the Perham Hospital in Perham to Albert and Agatha (Flatau) Lenius. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, Minn. Edwin was raised and attended school in Hobart Township. Edwin was united in marriage to Helen Ogroske on Oct. 14, 1940. They ran a dairy farm for 30 years in Edna Township. In 1971, they moved to the north shore of Little McDonald Lake and started to build and acquire rental properties. Edwin loved to travel. His travels took him as far north as the Arctic Circle, south to the equator, west to the Great Wall of China and East to Europe, the pyramids of Egypt and the Holy Land.

Surviving Edwin are his five children, Gary (Marge) Lenius, Two Harbors, Minn., Warren (Sylvia) Lenius, Winnipeg, Canada, Mark (Barb) Lenius, Perham, Alice (David) Wenzel, Frazee and Beth (Ted) Rose, Henning, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Preceding Edwin in death are his wife, Helen; his parents; a brother, Harold Lenius; and a sister, Evelyn Gravely.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home - Perham, handled the arrangements. For online condolences, visit