HOWARD DALBEY

h-dalbey-web-photo.jpgHoward Dalbey died on Monday, January 26, 2009 at Kanabec Hospital. He was 86 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 30th at Hillman Baptist Church. VISITATION will be from 5:00-8:00 P.M. on Thursday, Jan. 29th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Howard Jess Dalbey died on Monday, January 26, 2009 at the Kanabec Hospital at the age of 86.

Howard was born on January 15, 1923 in Mora, Minnesota to Howard Earl and Mary (Molly) Dalbey. Howard graduated from Mora High School in 1942 and enlisted in the Army Air Corp in December 1942. While stationed in Smyrna, Delaware, he met Doris Phyllis Smith and they were married on December 13, 1944. After being married only six weeks, he was sent to China. Following his tour overseas, they lived primarily in Delaware until 1950, when they settled north of Mora. Here they raised their family of four daughters and one son.

After working various jobs, Howard began farming in 1951. He attended and completed an auto mechanics course at Pine Technical College in 1967. He worked as an auto mechanic, including co-owning and operating the Mobil station in Mora, until his retirement in 1982. He was a long-standing member of the Hillman Baptist Church in Mora, Minnesota.

Howard loved his Studebakers and Oldsmobiles, boat trips down the Mississippi River, numerous car trips, gardening, music, reading, and, most importantly, he cherished time spent with Doris, his children and his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Carol Schindeldecker; a granddaughter, Lynn Lee; a great-granddaughter, Stacy Kern; parents, Howard Earl and Molly Dalbey; sisters, Ardis Dalbey, Leota Malm, and Dorothy Nichols.

He is survived by children Howard Wayne (Julie) Dalbey of Mora; daughters Phyllis (Gene) Bartsch of Burnsville, Vicki (Mel) Vork of Mora, and Kathy (Jim) Richter of Mora, 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 30, 2009 at Hillman Baptist Church with the Revs. Mark Roelofs and Clyde Dalbey officiating. Music furnished by pianist Jim Hill; vocalists, grandson Erich Richter and Jan and Gene Elvehjem .

Pallbearers will be Howard’s grandsons David Hocum, Chris Bartsch, Jeremy LaLonde, Erich Richter, Paul Vork, and Jared Richter.

Burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

2 guestbook entries for HOWARD DALBEY

  1. Charlie Armentrout January 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    I worked with Howard at the Mora WorkForce Center before the state removed Job Service employees from the worksite.

    We used to take breaks at the resturants downton in the mornings, and Howard was one of the gang. Enjoyed his company and stories. He will be missed. I can always tell people that I once knew the man who lived in the coldest spot in Kanabec County.

  2. Kim Holznagel February 10, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    I had the enjoyment of working with Howard and Kurt at the “Station” in Mora during my high school years. You couldn’t ask for a better Boss. I learned alot while working there and have often reflected on the times watching Howard trying to get his Old’s 98 tuned just right. Howard always made you feel part of the family and cared about everyone. He will missed by all. Thankyou for imparting your knowledge and wisdom to this young man trying to find his way in life. Sincerely, Kim Holznagel

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