Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home announces the death of Justin Melius Scholberg, age 90, resident of Ortonville, MN, died on March 5, 2019, at Fairway View Neighborhoods.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville with Pastor Ailsa Harl officiating. Burial will be at Mound Cemetery following the service.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church with a brief prayer service and sharing beginning at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 16, 2019, visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Justin Melius Scholberg was born May 17, 1928, in Graceville, MN, to Joseph and Esther (Hegge) Scholberg. He graduated from the Ortonville High School in 1946.
Justin married his high school sweetheart, Birdie Lou Lockwood, on September 24, 1949, at Eidskog Lutheran Church. The couple’s first home was in Otrey Township, and in 1960, the family moved to the Scholberg farm. Justin and Birdie raised six children on the farm they worked for 40 years. Justin was proud when the farmstead was designated a Century Farm.
Zion Lutheran Church was the longtime church home for the Scholberg family. Justin especially enjoyed singing and spent many years singing in the church choir. He sang many solos at church events and was known to have sung “The Lord’s Prayer” at many funeral services.
In retirement, Justin and Birdie enjoyed traveling and spent winters in Texas, California, and Arizona. Their summer months were spent on the farm enjoying time with family, especially their grandchildren. During their winter months away, they made many friends and acquaintances spending time not only with family, but also in Thousand Trails campgrounds.
Justin loved talking with people and could strike up a conversation with individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Gifted with a keen sense of humor, people naturally gravitated to him and would become infected by his positive outlook on life.
Blessed with a mechanical mind, Justin was a “fixer”. He was handy enough to be drafted by family members to help out on a variety of household projects on many occasions. One of Justin’s projects was lovingly restoring a 1946 Farmall Model B tractor, which remains a family treasure and a source of many memories.
Justin is survived by his children: David (Meg) Scholberg of Ortonville, MN; Mark (Cindy) Scholberg of Ortonville, MN; Corrine (Gary) Stevenson of Fresno, CA; Barbara (John) Ness of Horace, ND; and Steven (Maria) Scholberg of Lake Elsinore, CA; sixteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Deb Scholberg of Brooklyn Center, MN.
Justin is preceded in death by his wife, Birdie Lou Scholberg; brother, Myron Scholberg; son, Thomas Scholberg; and parents: Joseph and Esther Scholberg.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Justin’s name to: Zion Lutheran Church or the Big Stone Health Care Foundation.