Maynard Walvatne, 76, of Fergus Falls

Published 8:17am Monday, March 10, 2014 Updated 9:18am Monday, March 10, 2014


Maynard Walvatne, 76, of Fergus Falls, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Sanford Health in Fargo.

Maynard O. Walvatne was born on July 4, 1937, in Fergus Falls, the son of Otto and Martha (Sethre) Walvatne. He attended school in Fergus Falls, graduating from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in 1955. Maynard went on to attend the Wahpeton State School of Science, graduating in 1957 in auto repair. After graduation, Maynard worked at Fergus Nash Motor Company, Southside Repair, and managed the Conoco gas station.

In 1959 he operated Walvatne Sinclair Service.  He opened his own business, Walvatne Auto Repair, in 1963.

On June 24, 1961, Maynard married Patricia Bjerkebek at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Fergus Falls.

After basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, he spent time as a flight line mechanic in the North Dakota Air National Guard.

He was involved in beginning the Inspiration Lutheran Brethren Church in Breckenridge, serving as elder there as well as an elder later at Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.

In his spare time, Maynard enjoyed golfing, horseshoes, traveling, and meeting with morning coffee men (“The Senate”) at his repair shop.

He and Pat have volunteered at the Broen Memorial Home for more than 12 years, assisting with music and helping each week with Sunday services.

One of Maynard’s greatest enjoyments in his later years was to get up early, drive to the shop, and fire up the wood stove. “The Senate” would then gather for an hour of fellowship and coffee.

Maynard is survived by his wife, Pat, of Fergus Falls; five children, Pamela (Cy) Kerber of Chanhassen, Brenda (Michael) Stoen of Fergus Falls, Barbara (Ronald) Erickson of Williston, N.D., Rachel (Patrick) Barrett of Shorewood, and Michael (Rachael) Walvatne of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Tyler, Jenna and Julia Sorensen, Taryn, Malleri and Sarah Stoen, Isaac, Josiah, Ruthanne and Collin Erickson, Patrick, Jr., Abigail and Maggie Barrett and Isaiah, Zadie, Calvin and Xander Walvatne; step-grandchildren, Sarah (Jake) O’Konek, Joe (Kelly) Kerber; step-great-grandchildren, Audrey, Zachary, MaKenzie, Elizabeth and Katelyn O’Konek; a brother, Obert (Rosemary) Walvatne of Fergus Falls; three nephews; and a host of friends.

In addition to his parents, Maynard was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Doug Sorensen; and grandsons, Jared Stoen and Matthew Sorensen.

Memorials are preferred to the Church of the Lutheran Brethren and Broen Home.

Visitation: Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m., with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church

Memorial Service: 1 p.m. Monday, at Bethel Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls

Clergy: Rev. Ed Monson and Rev. Dr. Eugene Boe

Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls

Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls



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