OTTUMWA — Wilferd L. “Willie” Yndestad, 82, of 1340 Glenwood Ave., died at 10:45 a.m. June 24, 2014, at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin, after a massive stroke.
He was born April 8, 1932, in Lenark, Wisconsin, to Hobart and Sarah Grimland Yndestad. He married Rene Ulrich on February 27, 1965.
Willie served with the U.S. Air Force as a radio repairman during the Korean Conflict. He worked on the Soo Line Railroad for 39 years. He was a member and officer of the Sunnfjordlaget group for many years.
After his retirement, he enjoyed his daily trips to the HyVee to meet with his coffee club, helping out on Sundays at the church and watching the Packers play. He also enjoyed playing cribbage and free cell and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Ottumwa and Memorial Baptist Church in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Rene; four daughters, Wendy (Chad) Toopes, Tamra (Steve) Foster, Pam and Rolanda Yndestad; three grandchildren, Jordan and Christopher Toopes, Brianna Foster; a brother, Delmer (Vera) Yndestad; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Geraldine “Gerry” Shepardson.
His body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Bethany Baptist Church with Rev. Timothy Curtiss officiating.
Inurnment will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Due to allergies, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to Bethany Baptist Church or Forest Lake Camp.
Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.