Henry Bakken, 96, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 3, 2005

Funeral services for Henry Bakken, age 96, of Albert Lea, will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. The Rev. Linda Gunderson will officiate. Interment will be in Central Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the services at the church.

Henry died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at the Albert Lea Good Samaritan Center.

Henry Bakken was born Aug. 14, 1908, to Haaken and Gergina (Sime) Bakken in Albert Lea. On March 12, 1932, he was united in marriage to Selma Anna Deno at the Central Freeborn Lutheran Parsonage. Henry had lived in the Albert Lea area his entire life except for two years in Alaska as a government employee on the Al-Can Highway. He had been a heavy-duty mechanic and was employed at Wilson & Co., Ford Co., and J. W. Craig Construction. After his retirement, Henry worked for Morreim Drainage. He was a member of the Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. Henry spent many hours working in his workshop and helping his family.

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He also enjoyed playing solitaire and cribbage.

Survivors include his son, Donald and wife Carsie; daughter, Jeanette and husband Roger Groskreutz; daughter-in-law, Eunice Bakken; grandchildren: Tim and Lisa Bakken, Cynthia and Lonnie Otterson, Shari and Roger Manges, DeeAnn and Mike Iovenelli, Chad Groskreutz, and Layne and Charity Groskreutz; step grandchildren: Carisa Riles, Donald, Darrell, Dwayne, and Christine Twitty, and Mark and Terry Williamson; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters: Myrtle Peterson, and Arlene &uot;Babe&uot; and husband Stanley Stadheim; brother-in-law, Jerome Hareid; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Bakken.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Selma, in 2002; his son, Harold, in 2002; brothers: Howard, Elmer and Junior; sisters: Orfa, Violet, and Genevieve; and a great-grandchild.