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September 28, 1923 – Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Monday, February 1, 2016
1:00 PM

Visitation Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Monday, February 1, 2016

Ancil Walden, age 92, of Buffalo passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born on September 28, 1923 in Buffalo the son of Gilbert & Clara (Bonstrom) Walden.

He was baptized on November 18, 1923 at Carlslund Lutheran Church in Buffalo by Pastor Nystrom. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on May 29, 1938 by Pastor Callerstrom.

Ancil’s father Gilbert Walden’s first home was what is now part of Wild Maresh Golf Course. He farmed in the summer and worked in logging camps in northern Minnesota during the winter. In 1922, Ancil’s father built his homestead and barn along the road we now call State Highway #25. It was in this house, just 1 ½ miles south of the present Zion Lutheran Church that Ancil and his sister, Marian lived all of their lives. Marian died in 2005, making Ancil the only living member of his family.

Ancil was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo where he was an usher and his sister Marian was the church financial secretary. Often, the offering was taken home where Ancil and Marian counted it

For forty years, Ancil recorded the daily moisture for Wright County and once a month he sent the record to the DNR in St. Paul. In the 60’s, Ancil went from farming to raising chickens. He built a 160 foot chicken house and raised 6000-7000 chickens. Trucks picked up eggs every week and Ancil delivered some to nearby towns.

Funeral services for Ancil Walden will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Pastor Luke Schmidt will officiate. Interment will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Buffalo.

A visitation will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 12 Noon until time of services at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Larry Bengtson, Len Bengtson, Dale Heins, Charlie King, Steve Peterson, Bruce Schmidt, Dale Fadden and Gordy Dramen.

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