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Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.
Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.
Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.
Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.
Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

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Einar L. Bengtson lost his battle with cancer on July 5 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born Sept. 16, 1953, in Ritzville to Einar and Carla (Labes) Bengtson of Lind and was baptized and confirmed at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Lind.

He graduated from Lind High School in 1972 and attended Eastern Washington University where he met his wife, Ann Kosta. Together they moved to Phoenix where they married in December 1975.

Einar purchased Apache Awning from his boss in 1996 and continued to run the canvas products business until June 2016 when he was forced to retire due to his illness.

He is survived by his wife Ann; sons Carl (Jamie) and C.J.; granddaughter Elena and grandson-on-the-way George; his parents and sister Sandy (Michael) Lohman.

Loving son, husband, dad and “farfar”. The best big brother a little sister could have. Always there to lend a helping hand, he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

A celebration of life will be held at the family home in Phoenix at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656. To donate online, visit
Reverend Edward Schmidt was born on Oct. 21, 1916, and died on July 6.

Edward was married for 69 years to Emma Gaub Schmidt, who died on June 12, 2011. He was the father of two children, Elroy Gene Schmidt, and Errol Edward Schmidt, both deceased.

Ed was the oldest of 10 children. He is also survived by three grandchildren, their spouses, and seven great grandchildren.

Edward was born on a farm 10 miles east of Mildred, Montana, to G.G. Schmidt and Otilia Martz Schmidt. Mildred was a German speaking community, and his parents had little knowledge of English when they moved there.

Ed attended elementary school in a country schoolhouse, three miles from his home, and high school 10 miles from his home. After high school, he attended Seminary in Yankton, South Dakota.

He received his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1924. He served as a minister at Merricourt, North Dakota, for one and a half years.

The next church he served was in Wishek, North Dakota, from 1945-1947.

In August 1947, he accepted a call from Lind where he served at the Lind Congregational Church until June 1951.

After this, Ed worked for the Dryland Experiment Station and the Lind School District driving a school bus. In 1957, he began working full time at the Lind Post Office.

In the next years, he served as interim minister at many nearby churches.

In 2007, he and Emma moved to Moses Lake Senior Living Facility and later to McKay Health Center in Soap Lake, where he died on July 6 at 100 years old.
— Ritzville Journal