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Philip C. Megorden

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Philip C. Megorden, 80, of Prior Lake, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009 after a long battle with Alzheimer's at Heart to Home Residence, Mendota Heights.

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He was born in Princeton Dec. 19, 1928 to Rev. Tennis and Ruth (Olson) Megorden. He married Gladys E. Brenna Aug. 29, 1953 in Gully.

Colonel Megorden served in the U.S. Army in World War II and later enlisted in the North Dakota and Minnesota National Guard and retired after 33 years. He was a resident of Park Rapids from 1962-70.

He was employed as the Director of Work Programs with the Fergus Falls State Hospital prior to retirement.

He is survived by his wife; two sons: Scott (Barbara) and Corby (Vilma); one daughter, Ruth Ann (Jeff) DeFrang; two granddaughters; two brothers: Herbert (Roxanne) and Howard (Marilyn); one sister, Kathryn (Roy) Gjertsen; two half brothers: Tim and Dan; and two half sisters: Rachel Hurni and Rebecca Schilling.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Alphild Tjon.

Memorial service: Thursday, July 2 at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Prior Lake, with Rev. Peter Strommen officiating.

Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery with military honors.

Memorials are preferred to Heart to Home, Inc. 659 Freeway Road South, Mendota Heights, MN 55118, Attention: Josh Moxley Cesaro.

Online condolences may be left at www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com.

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