Darwin Pedersen, age 88, of Humboldt went to be with our Lord Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at the Baber Hospice House in Fort Dodge. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Humboldt. Military rites will be conducted by the Humboldt American Legion Post #119 and the Sather’s Odgaard VFW Post #5240. Visitation will be 10:00 AM until service time Saturday at the church. Services will be live streamed at https://www.hdezwebcast.com/show/darwin-pedersen
Darwin Andrew Pedersen, the son of Andrew and Essie (Gregersen) Pedersen was born September 28, 1934, in rural Gilmore City. He attended country schools and graduated from Gilmore City in 1953. Darwin served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1954 to 1956. He married the love of his life, Evelyn Straw on February 26, 1956, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Humboldt. The couple farmed near Gilmore City and Mallard, Iowa until 1968. They lived in Webster City and later moved to Minnesota. Darwin worked as an agronomist and fertilizer plant manager for over 30 years until his retirement in 1997. Darwin served on several church councils and was a member of the West Concord, MN city council for 8 years. At retirement, the couple returned to Humboldt.
Darwin stated the best compliment he and Evelyn ever received was from his young granddaughter, Jessica who remarked, “You two laugh a lot!”. What an honor to be remembered for laughter and love.
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; daughters Pam (Ed) Uhlenkamp, Fort Dodge, and Deb (Scott) Meline, Mason, Ohio and son, Dennis, Emmetsburg. Grandchildren, Danielle Bright, Jessica (David) Board, Angela Uhlenkamp (Donald Leget, Jr.), Derek Meline (Nicole Vanourek), and Brett Meline. Great grandchildren Alexander Bright and Logan Meline. Also surviving is brother Myles (Shirley) Pedersen, sister and brothers-in-law Karen Pedersen, Shirley Straw, Dorothy (Carroll) Meek, Pat Straw, Roy Straw, Eugene Pedersen and Mike (Pat) Pedersen. Darwin was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Irvin, Gerald, and Gene; sister- and brothers-in-law Mary Ann Pedersen, Carla Pedersen, Charlotte Straw, Rex and Ray Straw, as well as Evelyn’s parents, Jess and Eva Straw and her foster parents Walt and Marie Pedersen.
Memorial contributions can be made to Upper Des Moines Opportunities – Humboldt County or to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Humboldt Iowa.