|Milton Sather, 82|
|Written by TRF Times|
Greenbush - Milton Sather, 82, of Greenbush, died on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.
Funeral Services were held on Thursday, April 14 at Bethel Lutheran Church of Greenbush, with Pastor Bryce Fellbaum officiating. Casket Bearers included Matt and Scott Sather, Rob Woitas, Joel, Justin and Jon Howard. Honorary casket bearers included Milt’s brothers, Don and Wes Sather; his brothers-in-law, Curt Hukee, Ken Wicklund and Ray Kauppi; his childhood friend, Harris Nygard and his nieces, nephews and many friends. Interment was in Bethel Lutheran Cemetery of Greenbush.
He was born Milton Roy Sather, the son of Walter and Alma (Odden) Sather on March 30, 1923 in Grafton, N.D. He was baptized and confirmed at Grafton Lutheran Church. He attended grade school at rural District Four and Grafton High School, graduating in 1941. He also attended Union Commercial College in Grand Forks, N.D.
He worked at Tri-State Labs in Grand Forks, N.D., J.C. Penney Co. in Grafton and Roseau. He married Irene Johnson on Aug. 22, 1954 at Moe Lutheran Church in Roseau by Rev. A.C. Rykken. From 1959 until 1986, he owned and operated Sather’s Clothing in Greenbush.
Milt was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church of Greenbush. He served as financial secretary for many years, wrote the Bethel Centennial Book, and founded the Bethel Archives. He was an active member of the Pelan Pioneer Park, serving as treasurer for many years. He built and maintained many bluebird houses at Pelan Park and Hayes Lake. He enjoyed outdoor photography. He was a member of the Roseau County Historical Society and Museum Board for 28 years. He documented the history of over 50 rural cemeteries in the area. He was active in rural wildflower preservation.
He was selected as Roseau County Outstanding Senior Citizen in 1997. He has been serving for the past 20 years as Executive Director of Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Greenbush (Elderbush).
Survivors include his wife, Irene of Greenbush; two sons, Wayne (Becky) of Arden Hills and Bryan of Columbia Heights; two grandsons, Matthew and Scott Sather; two brothers, Donald (Carol) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Wesley (Fran) of Grafton, N.D.; one sister, Gladys (Ray) Kauppi of New Plymouth, Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother and sister-in-law, Wallace and Eilene Sather.