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Gary Lystrom, 72 of rural Battle Lake died Thursday, April 25, 2019, at his home with his family by his side.
Gary Carl Lystrom was born on July 17, 1946, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota the son of Benjamin and Florence (Larson) Lystrom. He was baptized in Grue Lutheran Church and confirmed in St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Garden Grove, California. Gary attended Rural School District #72, in Eagle Lake Township south of Battle Lake, moved to California graduating from Garden Grove High School in 1965, and then furthered his education with one year in Concord, California becoming a meat cutter.
Gary and Patricia Mecey were married on April 16, 1966, in St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Garden Grove. Gary worked as a meat cutter and in 1981, Gary and Patt moved their family to Minnesota. He managed and cut meat for Dean’s Country Market in Long Prairie, owned and operated Lystrom Country Store in Brandon for 2 ½ years, and then worked for Holiday Foods in Morris. In 1991, they moved into their present home in Eagle Lake Township, Gary started with Larry’s Supermarket in Battle Lake where he cut meat until his retirement. They just celebrated their 53th wedding anniversary. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, hiking and taking care of his lawn. He also enjoyed watching baseball and football and having a drink or two with the neighbors. Gary was a member of Grue Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Patt; three children, Sheila (Andy) Murphy of Orlando, Florida, Victor Lystrom of Alexandria and Liz (Amadou) Doumbia of Alexandria; eight grandchildren, Al and Patrick Murphy, Kayla, Abby and Hunter Lystrom, and Christian, Elijah and Emily Doumbia; three great-grandchildren, Levi Jones, Ethan and Benjamin Lystrom; sister, Twila Steirlen of Battle Lake; and by numerous relatives and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Florence Lystrom; granddaughter, Rachelle Lystrom; and by two sisters, Helaine Shaffer and Brenda Jones.
Memorial Service: 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Grue Lutheran Church of rural Ashby.
Visitation: one hour prior to the service at the church.
Clergy: Rev. Carol Olson
Interment: Grue Cemetery
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake