Derald Ewing

Derald Ewing

Derald Ewing, 83, went to his home in heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 2, 2017 with his family beside him.
Derald is survived by his beloved wife Ariel (Needham) of 63 years, their children Dean (Diane) Ewing of Big Lake. Delight (mike) Sporre of Laporte, Dusty (Michelle) Ewing of Big Lake, daughter-in-law Heidi Ewing of Big Lake, 22 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, brother Jim (Jodi) Ewing of Big Lake, sister Marjorie Page of Waco, TX, many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Preceded in death by our beloved first born son Darcy Reed in 2002, his parents Verle and Caroline Ewing, brother-in-law Dr. Robert R. Page, nephew Robert Page, Jr. and brother-in-law Russell Michalek.
Derald was active in the community all of his life, on the Sherburne County Parks board and was a conservative voice for the people. He took great pride in serving on the Connexus Energy Board for 35 years.
In 1959 Derald was a charter member of the Evangelical Free Church in Big Lake. Along with four other men and Pastor John Olson built the church building and the parsonage. He held many positions of leadership including chairman of the board. He loved teaching teenage boys Sunday School, the Bible, which he knew well.
Derald loved to play the piano, organ and other instruments including the bass guitar, keyboard, trombone, even a saw. He could make music on anything.
Derald purchased his farm on Co. Rd.14 when he was 19 intending to be a dairy farmer. After the drought of 1959 and 1960 had total crop failures. With the mentoring and help of Leonard De Chene we began irrigating and raising potatoes in 1961.
In 1991 he was successful in developing 1/4 mile of River frontage. Ewings River Springs Development was born. Derald and Dusty went on to build several beautiful homes there.
A grave side service was held October 4, 2017 at the Big Lake Cemetery whit family and friends. A memorial service in celebration of Derald’s life will be held October 27, 217 at the Hope Evangelical Free Church, 513 W. Fourth St., Monticello, MN. Visitation from 3 – 5 p.m., service at 5 p.m. and supper at 6 p.m.

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