Clarence “Casey” Strand of Annandale died Sunday, Dec. 1, at Mercy Hospital as a result of a stroke. He was 72.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, and one hour prior to services Wednesday, both at the church.
Clarence Russell Strand was born Aug. 5, 1947, in St. Cloud to Russell and Hazel (Johnson) Strand. He grew up in South Haven, and attended Annandale High School graduating in 1965. He married Judy Elletson April 11, 1970; she preceded him in death Feb. 19, 2015.
Casey retired from the Annandale School District and from the Annandale Fire Department, serving many years as chief. He also served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, hunting, trap shooting, demolition derbies, casino trips, all of the grandkids’ sports and activities, and his trips to Mazatlan.
Casey was preceded in death by his wife Judy Strand, father Russell Strand, parents-in-law Dewey and Marjorie Elletson, and brother-in-law Dale Elletson.
He is survived by his children Chad (and Jen) Strand and Cheryl (and Derrick) Bergstrom; grandchildren Chelsey Strand (and Erik Cleasby), Mitchell Bergstrom, Jesse Bergstrom, Christopher Strand (and Celeste Froelich), Jacob Strand, and great-granddaughter Oaklee Cleasby (arriving in February 2020); his mother Hazel Strand; siblings LouAnn (and Bert) Carlson, Dinah (and Robert) Voight; in-laws Roger (and Kathy Elletson), MaryJo (and Dan) Furman, Joyce (and John) Sandell, Jim (and Mary) Elletson, Randy Elletson; and several nieces, nephews, and many friends and relatives.