GEORGE HAASKEN

g-haasken-web-photo.jpgGeorge Haasken, of Brook Park, passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at his home. He was 84 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE 11:00 am Friday, December 5, 2008 at the Grace Lutheran Church of Mora with Rev. Doug Larson presiding. VISITATION from 5-7pm on Thursday, December 4th at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Chapel and 1 hour prior to the service on friday. INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery of Mora.

George V. Haasken of Brook Park, Minnesota died on Nov. 30, 2008 at 84 years of age. He lived previously in Manhattan Beach, Crystal, MN, Minneapolis, and Cologne, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents Gerhard and Gertrude (Meuwissen) Haasken; brother Carl; and sister Marcellian Wagner. He is survived by his wife Lorna; sisters Florence Papke of Mankato, Hope Hron of Bloomington, Pauline (Lyle) Henkensiefken of Omaha, Nebraska, Irene Steinbrueck of Detroit Lakes; daughter Barbara (Robert) Miles of Maple Grove; son Bruce (Linnea) Haasken of Mora; grandchildren Katie (Ryan) Tichnich, Amber (Eric) Ostlie, Scott (Betty) Miles, Terese Haasken, Bryce (Jennifer) Haasken, Steven (Stefanie) Haasken; and great=grandchildren Emily, Andrew, and Samuel Tichnich.

He was born on January 13, 1924 in Cologne, MN and grew up on the family farm. As a boy and young man George enjoyed building things, not realizing that he possessed a natural gift. He managed the family farm during WWII, and the year after his brother’s return from the military, George moved to the city to begin a new chapter in his life. He worked first in painting for Caterpillar and later in his true calling, construction. In the early years he worked as a laborer but was encouraged by a journeyman carpenter who noticed his aptitude, to go to night school and become an apprentice. George followed his advice and soon became a journeyman carpenter. It was not long before his knowledge in construction and his people skills were recognized and he became a foreman throughout his career. George enjoyed fishing, hunting, cutting wood, farming, land stewardship, playing cards, fixing and repairing objects, and building things from wood. He took pleasure in sharing and teaching what years of hard work, experience, a World War era, and growing up during the great depression had taught him. He was a caring, giving person who shared his skills and talents free of charge to many disadvantaged individuals, churches, charitable organizations, and of course family and friends.

George loved life and had a strong will to fight the cancer that eventually took him. Even though the struggle was hard at times he was determined to live each day to its fullest. He had a deep faith in God and a firm Belief in fairness and honesty. It was his desire to enjoy life and to leave the world where he had any influence.a better place.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, 11:00 AM at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 5:00-7:00 PM at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home plus 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Rev. Doug Larson will officiate. Music will be provided by Jacki Peterson and Dick Schultz. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

5 guestbook entries for GEORGE HAASKEN

  1. Carol Duggan December 1, 2008 at 2:44 pm #

    Amber, I am praying for you and your family. Praise God that he had strong faith. We can have hope in the idea that he is now in the hands of the Father, and is at peace and in comfort. God will be with all of you as you grieve and heal, and still further as you remember him daily. You are a sweet gal, and I’m really sorry to hear about your loss. From the above words about him, he sounds like he was a fantastic, talented person. I’m glad you were able to spend time with him before his homegoing. God bless you and your family, and let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  2. Colleen Hendershot De Jong December 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi Bruce and Linnea,

    I wish I could have had the opportunity to meet your father and thank him for the wonderful job he did raising such a compassionate, caring son and his family that my family has had the privilege to know. I wish you all the best! Know that his spirit will never leave your side and is always in your heart. Take care!

  3. Donna Mae Cordingly December 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm #

    Aunt Lorna, Barbara, Bruce and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Uncle George will truely be missed. I wish I could be there to give you a hug.

  4. Janis Allen, Manhattan Beach, MN January 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    Dear Lorna,
    We were all saddened to hear of George’s passing, but didn’t know about it until the funeral was over. You were both such a wonderful part of the City of Manhattan Beach, always available when needed. We miss you and wish you many blessings. Take good care.

  5. D. Nelson March 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    George, sadly I never got a chance to meet you. Your son Bruce has taught me many things and speaks highly of you often. I joined the family a few years ago but am looking forward to pass on the knowledge that your son has taught to me.

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