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Edward Fiksdal -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- The funeral for Edward Fiksdal will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Zumbro Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Wayne Vogt officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Fiksdal, 86, of 2115 Second St. S.W., No. 121, co-founder of Fiksdal Flowers and Fiksdal Motel, died Saturday (May 4, 2002) at Seasons Hospice.

He was born Sept. 11, 1915, on the family farm in Wallace, Day County, S.D., and grew up in Alexandria, Minn. On April 30, 1939, he married Atlanta Mary Bell of Austin at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester. During World War II, he served in the Army. He and his brother Mads founded Fiksdal Flowers in October 1947 and Fiksdal Motel in April 1965. He was active in many florist associations, including Rochester Florist Association. Involved in Boys Scouts, he was active in Gamehaven Council in Rochester for more than 60 years, started a scout troop for the deaf and formed Troop 82 at Zumbro Lutheran Church. He was a member of Zumbro Lutheran Church, was a founder of West Side Kiwanis and served as MinnDakota lieutenant governor.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Nancy (Charles) Linville of Ottumwa, Iowa; two sons, Gary and Glen (Betsy), both of Rochester; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Aldin (Lorraine) of Rochester. He was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and a grandchild.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Vine Funeral Home and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church.

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