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Einar Bengtson


Last updated 6/20/2019 at 10:38am

Einar Bengtson passed away on May 24, 2019. He was 93 years old.

Born in Rusheba Township, Minnesota, Einar was the youngest of five children born to Freeman and Ellen (Anderson) Bengtson.

He was drafted into the Army at age 18 and served in both the European and Pacific Theaters. Einar was discharged in November 1945 and reenlisted for the planned invasion of Japan. He was discharged for the second time in December 1946.

Einar came to Lind, Washington in 1950 to farm for Henry Rott and continued to farm in the area until the early 1960s. He was then employed by the Town of Lind, eventually succeeding Glen Haskin as the City Superintendent. In 1974, he began working as a custodian for the Lind School District, retiring from that position in October 1988. Finding retirement too restricting, he returned to the soil in 1993, farming part-time for a family friend.

Einar married Carla Labes on November 16, 1952 at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Lind. They had two children, Einar and Sandra.

He was active in the American Legion, serving on the local, District and State levels. He also served terms on the Lind Town Council.

Einar is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carla; his daughter, Sandy (Michael) Lohman; his daughter-in-law, Ann; grandsons Carl (Jamie) and C.J. Bengtson and great-grandchildren Elena and George Bengtson. He was preceded in death by his son, Einar, his brothers Pete and Willard, and his sisters Evelyn and Aimee.

Interment with a Military Honor Guard will be at the Lind Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. The family invites you to join them at the cemetery. The memorial service at Good Hope Lutheran Church will follow at 2 p.m.


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