Craig “AJ” N. Kjendalen, age 57 of Marion, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 25, 2014 in Summerfield, FL
“AJ” was born on June 3, 1957 in Clintonville, the son of Lois (Butcher) Miller and the late Norman Kjendalen. In 1975 he graduated from Marion High School. He had worked at Fort Howard Paper, Green Bay, Choice Beer Sales, Shawano, H.O. Wolding Trucking, Amherst, Seagrave Fire Apparatus, Clintonville, held an insurance agent’s license, became owner/operator of Design Tech. Sign and Monument, Marion and currently was in sales of fire apparatus at Spartan Motors, South Dakota and Ocala, Florida. AJ enjoyed many activities such as golf, hunting, fishing, riding in his Jeep and on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and socializing with family and friends. He annually enjoyed “The Hodag”, the Rhinelander Country Music Festival. At this event, he started out as a spectator and ended up creating a food stand called “The Chicken Coop”. AJ was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marion, a member of the Marion Lions Club where he held various offices and served as past president, and a member of Duck’s Unlimited. If you had the privilege to know and spend time with AJ, a long-lasting memory was created. He will be missed by his family and numerous friends.
Survivors include: his daughter, Caitlin Kjendalen (special friend, Erik Gilling), Manawa; his son, Charlie (Jodi) Kjendalen, Holmen, WI; his mother, Lois Miller, Marion; his brother, Curt (Dianne) Kjendalen, Marion; and his special friend, Lyn Mortensen, Marion. He was preceded in death by his father Norman, a sister Cathy as a child, and his step-father Blaine “Bud” Miller.
Memorial services will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marion with the Rev. Brad Dokken officiating. Inurnment will be in the Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery, Township of Scandinavia, Waupaca County. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Kjendalen family. A memorial will be established at a later date The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Marion is assisting his family with the arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at www.eberhardtstevenson.com