Lynford Droge, 79

Lynford Droge, a resident of Onamia, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at the Mille Lacs Long Term Care Center in Onamia.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m., at the Holy Cross Center in Onamia with the Rev. Joe Boeringa officiating.

Lynford and his twin sister, Shirley, were born in Ruthton, March 10, 1932, to Thorvald Droge, a Danish immigrant, and to Rose Jorgensen, a child of Danish immigrants. When he was five years old, Lynford, along with his family, moved to Brennyville and to Gotvald’s. The family finally settled in the Johnsdale area of rural Onamia where they operated a farm. Rose later worked at the Onamia Creamery. Lynford attended the Johnsdale District 54 school. After completing his schooling, Lynford spent one summer working in Superior, Wis., at a grain elevator. Upon his return, Lynford farmed the home place which was affectionately known to relatives as “The Farm.” He also worked for the Minnesota Highway Department mowing ditches; Wheeler Lumber/Bridge Supply (The Lath Mill), Onamia; and Mille Lacs Lumber and Supply, Onamia, owned and operated by Les and Char Sievek. Lynford was also known as a local carpenter, with a special skill for building farm sheds and garages. Many buildings around the Onamia and Hillman area are the result of his carpenter’s touch. In 1960, Lynford began his Bradbury Township duties, serving on the board for 49 years. Lynford was known as the go-to neighbor and friend, helping many people with various projects, from fixing broken-down farm machinery, to putting up hay, to helping a needy friend with chores. No matter what the situation, there was always time for a cup of coffee accompanied by Shirley’s homemade baked goods. Lynford and Shirley hosted many grateful nieces and nephews (including great and great-great) on “The Farm.” For several fortunate relatives, it was an entire summer of fun. Many children have been blessed with fond Farm memories. Although Lynford quit milking cows in 1998 and stopped putting up hay in 2008, he resided on The Farm until March of 2010 when he moved to Onamia’s Lake Song Assisted Living.  While there, he met many wonderful people whom he considered to be good friends. Throughout his life, Lynford had many friendships which he greatly valued.  It was not unusual for him to stay up all night visiting with relatives, only to turn around and do the morning chores. Lynford was thankful for the many visits and phone calls he received throughout his life, including those while he was residing at Lake Song. As he said, he had a wonderful life.

Lynford is survived by his sisters, Shirley Droge of Mille Lacs Health System Long Term Care, Onamia and Vivian (Chet) Rhode of Onamia; nephew. Butch Droge of Onamia and many nieces and nephews.

Lynford was preceded in death by his parents, Thorvald and Rose Droge; sisters,  Donna Roulston Brown and Phyllis Ksiazek; brothers-in-law Bud Roulston, Bob Brown and Ed Ksiazek; nephew Mike Ksiazek and great nephew Jamie Lease.

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