Irving G. Youngberg
January 31, 1919 - April 15, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm
Buresh Funeral Home, Twining
1:00 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017
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 www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
Iglesia la Christian Missionary Alliance Church
3500 Augusta, McAllen, TX 78503
Saints Cemetery, Whittemore