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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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Herbert R. Cederberg Sr.

     Herbert 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 Church.
     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 early 1940's.
     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, Nampa 83651.
     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.