Joe Sandven – Obituary

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Joe Morris SandvenAugust 1, 1929 – October 13, 2020 San DiegoRev. Joe Morris Sandven died peacefully Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at home in the loving embrace of his wife and family after a prolonged chronic pulmonary illness. He was born August 1, 1929 in Linn Grove, Iowa, the second of four children of Semon and Freda (Morris) Sandven. As public school teachers the family lived in Pella, Iowa and Springfield, Missouri where Joe graduated from Springfield High School in 1947 and completed one year at Drury College before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. After four years in the Navy, he returned to Drury for his B.A. and then went to Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Grove, Missouri, for his Bachelor of Divinity.He married Alice Lee Edmonia “Eddie” Pronko in 1951 and they had five children while they lived in Brentwood, Missouri. Joe was the son-in-law of the pastor at the Brentwood Congregational Church and became the Student Youth Leader. Upon graduation from Eden he as ordained May 15, 1955 and became the Associate Pastor. When his father-in-law died unexpectedly, he was asked to assume the Senior Pastor position for this 1,000-member congregation. He served in that position from 1957 through 1963. He had a desire to move from Missouri and answered …

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