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Dwight Mortenson

May 1, 1930 ~ May 26, 2019 (age 89)

Dwight Mortenson, 89, of Newton died on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.  Memorials to Outdoors Without Boundaries may be left at the funeral home.


Dwight, the son of Russell and Lillie (Bates) Mortenson, was born on May 1, 1930 in Kellogg.  He grew up in Kellogg and graduated from Newton High School in 1949.  Dwight served his county in the Iowa National Guard for six years attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class.  He was honorably discharged on January 11, 1957. Dwight was united in marriage with Beverly Griffith and they were blessed with five children.  They made their home in Newton in the 1950’s. Dwight worked at the Maytag Company and did outside maintenance at the Maytag Dairy Farm.  After his retirement, Dwight did handyman work around the Newton area.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was a great story teller, loving to reminisce about his time at Maytag and the Dairy Farm.  And through all the ups and downs, Dwight was a loyal and avid Chicago Cubs fan. 


Dwight is survived by his four children, Michael (Peg) Mortenson of Seattle, Washington, Dave (Cyndi) Mortenson of Swan, Tim (Judi) Mortenson of Chisago City, Minnesota, and Chris (Mary) Mortenson of Houston, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and his twin-brother, Dwayne Mortenson of Pershing.  He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Edie Mortenson; a son in infancy; and four brothers, Ovid “Lee”, Osval Francis “Oz”, Montie, and Dale Mortenson. 

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