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Roy Somdahl

April 10, 1933-July 6, 2010

Roy A. Somdahl, 77, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at his home.

Roy was born to Roy and Alice (Syverson) Somdahl on April 10, 1933 in rural Ulen. He attended elementary school in Richwood and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1951. Shortly, after high school he worked at a farm in rural Callaway for a short time.

Roy enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Dix in Burlington County, N.J. After receiving an honorable discharge, he moved to Seattle, Wash., and worked for Boeing. After one year, Roy moved to East Grand Forks, where he started a career with Gambles Hardware. He later transferred to Gambles in Detroit Lakes.

Roy was united in marriage to Harriet Grossman on July 30, 1967 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in rural Audubon. They moved to Chippewa Falls, Wis., where Roy worked at the Gambles Hardware. They later returned to Detroit Lakes and Roy continued to work for Gambles. He then went to work for the Cormorant Store, and later worked for Stenerson Lumber until retiring.

During his retirement years Roy drove school bus for the Detroit Lakes School District and also mowed lawns. He loved the outdoors, woodworking and fixing anything that may have been broken.

Surviving Roy are by his daughter, Faye Somdahl of West Fargo; son, Allen Somdahl of Detroit Lakes; one granddaughter, Keli Somdahl; three sisters, Barbara (Myles) Flint of Reston, Va., Margaret Curtis of Detroit Lakes and Ruby (Boyd) Sharp of Osage; one brother, Ted (Ramona) Somdahl of Richwood; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Roy in death were his parents and wife, Harriet (2009).

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 9, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, rural Audubon, with interment in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online are invited to use the messages of sympathy section at