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John Ista

Jan. 31, 1925-Nov. 20, 2010

John E. Ista, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, November 20, 2010 at St. Mary's-Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 at the David Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at Augustana Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes, with Reverend Paul Peterson officiating.

John Edward Ista was born to LeRoy and Maud (Hancock) Ista on January 31, 1925 in Walcott, N.D. He graduated from Colfax (ND) High School in 1943, and farmed near Colfax from 1955-62.

John was united in marriage to Lorraine Johnson, August 10, 1962 in Leonard, N.D. He attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, 1962-69, and was then employed with Simplex Time Recorder Company for 35 years, retiring in 1991.

John was a voracious reader, took delight in his grandchildren's accomplishments, enjoyed gardening and raising flowers, waterskiing until he was 84 years old, dancing and tinkering.

He was affectionately known by his neighbors as the "King of the Beach." He was always there to help a neighbor on any project with helping hands and advice. His knowledge and help will be missed by all.

John was a member and past president of the Augustana Lutheran Church Board, and enjoyed teaching the Bethel Bible Series. He was also a member of the Elks and Eagles.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine of Detroit Lakes; daughters Barbara (Randy) Schuetz of Lake Norman, N.C., and Gayle (Joe) Hyde of Fargo; four grandchildren, Ryan (Laura) Schuetz, Blaine Schuetz, Nora Hyde and Maddie Hyde; two sisters, Marjorie Crowell of Napa, Calif., and Lorraine Kurth of Hendricks, Minn.; and a brother, Adolph Ista of West Fargo.

Preceding him in death were his brothers, LeRoy and Allen; and a sister, Beverly Trimble.

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