Manly Bakken, 91, Albert Lea

Published 9:37 am Monday, April 8, 2013

Funeral services for Manly Bakken, 91, of Albert Lea, formerly of rural Alden, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden. Burial will be at Carlston Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by local servicemen’s organizations, VFW and American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Manly Bakken

Manly Bakken

Manly died Friday, April 5, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

Manly Bakken was born on June 14, 1921, in Freeborn County the son of Oswald and Christine (Christiansen) Bakken. He attended country school. In 1942, Manly was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the 17th regiment combat team, 50th engineer combat battalion. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, the Marshall Islands and in the Philippines. Manly was united in marriage to Ethel Pedersen on Sept. 19, 1942, in Albert Lea. After his return in 1945, Manly and Ethel moved to the farm they lived and farmed on for many years. Manly also worked for Patz Barn Cleaner and Silage loader doing sales and installation and did road maintenance for Carlston Township. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, the American Legion, VFW and was a past member of Freeborn County Rod and Gun Club.

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Survivors include his daughters, Rebecca (Larry) Bluhm, Rosanne (Allan) Brandau and Peggy Bakken (Bruce Treichler); son Mark (Linda) Bakken; grandchildren, Michael (Wendy) Bluhm, Kevin (Ann) Bluhm, Kristine (Joel) Hagglund, Jeffrey (Michelle) Bluhm, Julie (Jeff) Timmerman, Diane Bluhm, Donna (Douglas) Caywood, Richard (CeCe) Bluhm, Greg (Amy) Bluhm, Sheila (Peter) Hearn, Paul Treichler and Matthew Treichler; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister; Lillian Perkins; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Bakken and Eleanor Pedersen; and many nieces and nephews.

Manly was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ethel; daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and John Bluhm; and siblings; Herschel and Grant Bakken and Helen Ayers.