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Milan Syverson

Feb. 15, 1937-July 21, 2008

Former Twin Valley resident Milan Syverson, 71, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, July 21, 2008, at MeritCare Health Systems in Fargo.

Milan Harold Syverson was born the son of Oliver and Julia (Brenna) Syverson on Feb. 15, 1937, near Twin Valley. As a young child, Milan was baptized at Atlanta Lutheran Church, rural Ulen, and confirmed his faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Twin Valley. Growing up, he lived with his family near Twin Valley, and attended Lincoln and Heiberg Country Schools before going to Twin Valley High School. Following his schooling, Milan was employed by his brother-in-law, Ferdie Skaurud, driving truck.

In October 1960, Milan married Linda Dorseth from Flom, Minn. To their union came three children. After Milan served his country in the United States Army, they made their home in Moorhead. Milan later moved to Minneapolis to further his education, graduating with a degree in chemical dependency counseling. Milan worked as a counselor about six and a half years before returning to trucking.

On Feb. 27, 2001, Milan married Linda Curtis in Detroit Lakes. The couple made their home in Indiana for several years before settling in Detroit Lakes. Due to failing health, Milan was forced to retired in 2001.

Milan's favorite past times included searching for collectibles and antiques through flea markets and auctions, having coffee with his buddies, fishing and deer hunting. Milan also enjoyed the time he spent with his house buddy, Callie the cat.

Surviving Milan are his wife, Linda Syverson of Detroit Lakes; sons, Mitch (Ellen) Syverson of Walhalla, N.D., and Darin Syverson of Red Lake Falls, Minn.; daughter, Kelli Syverson (Rodney Ulrich) of Red Lake Falls; sisters, Dorothy (Rueben) Boger of Underwood, N.D., Beatrice (Erling) Sather of Mobridge, S.D., LaVonne (Vince) Babler of Borup, Minn., and Lois (Harley) Benson of North Branch, Minn.; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Oris, Raymond and Leonard Syverson; sisters, Orpha Skaurud and Myrtle Thiel; four infant siblings and a granddaughter, Krystal Hicks.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 25, with a 6:30 p.m. Prayer Service, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Twin Valley, continuing for one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Zion Lutheran Church, Twin Valley, with the Rev. Charles Bade officiating.

Pallbearers will be Mark Babler, Terry Babler, Lee Babler, Leo Syverson, Travis Cole, Jamie Cole, Kim Boger and Danny Thiel. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Milan's coffee buddies. Military honors will be provided by Twin Valley Nesset Lien Post No. 431 of the American Legion.Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Twin Valley.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson Funeral Home in Twin Valley. An online guest book can be accessed at