Irving G. Youngberg

Whittemore, Michigan
January 31, 1919 - April 15, 2017


Friday, April 21, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home, Twining


1:00 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017

Obituary Notice

Irving Gunnar Youngberg, age 98, born January 31, 1919, died April 15, 2017 in Saginaw, Michigan. He was born near Stockholm, Sweden and immigrated through Ellis Island when he was six months old with his parents, August and Marie Youngberg. He was preceded in death by his sister, Vera Kopasz.

Irving grew up in Detroit where his parents ran a boarding house. He was a very fast runner and won many school races until he got scarlet fever and was no longer able to compete. When he was 10, they moved to Whittemore, where he resided for 88 years. He thrived in the rural life. In his 20’s he worked in Bay City at a sugar beet factory to save money to buy his beloved 43 acre farm in Whittemore. During this time he became friends with Carl Ott. Carl introduced him to Christ and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Carl then introduced him to Alma Swartz, the sister of his wife. It was love at first sight and he asked her to marry him three days later where he sang “After the Ball is Over” to her after she accepted his proposal. They were married three months later on Aug 2, 1947. Alma and Irving had nine children. Dwight (Paula Grusecki) Michigan, Rev. Carl (Lidia Santiago)Texas, Dr. Linda (Dan Ballard)Oklahoma, Patricia (Dr. Tony Barros )Oklahoma, Judy Youngberg Hurdelbrink, Oklahoma, Rebecca (Bob Fegan),Michigan , Irving, Jr., Missouri, Rev. Roland (Jalynn Marsee), Oklahoma, Dorothy (MSG.ret Mitch Mitchell) Oklahoma. Irving has 13 grandchildren, Scott, Matthew, Rebecca, Naomi, Kristina, Michael, Carly, Jason, Colby, Laura, Bryan, Ashlie, Jeffrey. Mark, Melody, Kelli, and Alicia. Irving has 23 great grandchildren.

Irving was a hard worker and provided for his growing family by working days at National Gypsum (32 years) and farming at night and weekends. He had a green thumb and was able to grow whatever he planted. He ran Youngberg’s Farm Produce for many years where he grew sweet corn, vegetables flowers and strawberries. He was active with the 4-H as a leader and as a judge for many years. He was also active with the Whittemore United Methodist Church. Irving inherited his love of music from his grandmother who was a gifted musician and sang in the King’s Court in Sweden. He made sure any child of his who wanted music lessons, received them. Even though he was only able to achieve an 8th grade education due to circumstances during the depression, he and Alma believed in education and provided the opportunity for all nine of his children to go to college, where all received degrees. His first wife, Alma, died August 15, 1992.

After seven lonely years of being a widower, he met Fran Bindscheatel and married on September 26, 1999. Frances has two children, Steve (Sandy Hoenstein) and Beverly Fitch. She has four grandchildren (Candace, Christopher, Carolyn and Cory) and four great grandchildren. Irving was very devoted to Fran and they enjoyed many twilight years together. They attended the Goods News Lutheran Ministries Church. Fran took wonderful and loving care of Irving in his final days. We rest in the assurance that Irving is healthy and whole and is now enjoying life in heaven.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in Twining. The services will be held at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with interment in the Saints Cemetery in Whittemore. Memorial donations can be made to Iglesia la Hermosa Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 3500 Agusta, McAllen, TX 78503, the church where Rev. Carl Youngberg is the pastor. Condolences may be made to the family at


Iglesia la Christian Missionary Alliance Church
3500 Augusta, McAllen, TX 78503


Saints Cemetery, Whittemore


I have known the Youngbergs all my life. Graduated high school with Carl. I always enjoyed their strawberries and other produce. When I wanted to buy a golf cart I went down to Irvings and he let me test drive his and gave me advice on what to get. He was a valued member of the community for all these years and will be missed. My condolences to all the family. May he rest in peace with the lord. Julie Bellor and Farmer
— Julia Bellor
A true Christian and devoted father, husband and one who appreciated anything that others did for him as well as always willing to listen to those who had their own problems. He loved his family, the lord and his community. I believe that God called him home as it was his time. Sincere sympathy to Fran & the Family and we have already missed his Sunday morning smile at Good News as well as about. Gods blessing to all.
— Ricky R. Rockwell
A wonderful photo. Captures the warm welcome that we always received when we visited the farm.
We really missed seeing and talking to Irving each summer, after he closed the strawberry farm. So, glad that we stopped by the house last spring to pay him a visit. And, sorry to learn of his death. Our condolences to his wife Fran and his family. May you find comfort in precious memories and peace in God's promises.
— Dave and Sandy Lixey
I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for your loss of Irving It's never easy to go through loosing someone you dearly love. I hope you can find some comfort in your time of loss. Reading Revelation 21:3,4 helped me when I was going through my loss.
— Clara

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