Obituary for Herbert R. Cederberg Sr.
8 November, 1903 - 21 March,1994
From The Idaho Press-Tribune
23 March, 1994
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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R. Cederberg Sr.
R. Cederberg St., age 90, of Nampa, died Monday, March 21,
1994, at a Nampa hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March
25, at the Nampa First Baptist Church. Burial will
follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. Services
are under the direction of Alsip Funeral Home in Nampa.
The Reverend Cederberg was born Nov. 8, 1903, in
Ferndale, Wash., to John and Selma Cederberg. He was
reared in Bellingham, Wash., along with his two brothers
Norris and Theodore, and his sister, Ruth. After
graduating from Whatcom High in Bellingham, he attended
Western Washington College of Education and graduated with a
Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul,
Minn., in 1927. In that same year he married Beulah
Marie Wickstrand, his beloved wife of 66 years, and was
ordained as an American Baptist minister. His first
pastorate was at Monmouth, Ill., followed by pastorates at
Spokane, Wash., Port Angeles, Wash., Chehalis, Wash.,
Pocatello, Martinez, Calif., Marysville, Calif., Fresno,
Calif., and Sacramento, Calif. He officially retired in
1974 at the age of 70, but continued to serve as interim
pastor for many years. They came to Nampa in 1983 to
make their home. At the time of his death, he was
Associate Pastor of Visitation at the Nampa First Baptist
His lifetime of civic involvement included membership
in Kiwanis International, the Rotary Club, the Exchange Club,
and Port Angeles Masonic Lodge. He was an active sponsor
of the Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA. Before the
Second World War, he served as a Civilian Conservation Corps
Chaplain, and during the war, as a member of the Draft Board
and as a USO chaplain. He was honored for having
demonstrated his Christian faith by continuing to minister, at
great risk to his own life, to the expiring victims of a small
pox epidemic which struck Northwest Washington State in the
Survivors include his beloved wife, Beulah; a daughter
and son-in-law, Marilyn and Robert Emerson of Nampa; a son and
daughter-in-law, Herbert J. and Alice Cederberg of St. Paul,
Minn.; five grandchildren, Cheryl Cederberg, John Emerson,
Mark Emerson, Paul Emerson, and Karen Parker; and four
great-grandchildren, Kristen Emerson, Melissa Emerson, Afton
Parker, and Kara Parker.
The family suggests that memorials be sent to support
the Nampa First Baptist Church Organ Fund, 1417 3rd St. South,
Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Thursday,
0 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.