AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Philip Monson, of Henriette, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018 at his home. He was 82 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Henriette Free Methodist Church.
VISITATION will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Philip DeWaine Monson, of Henriette, Minnesota, passed away in his home on December 10, 2018 at the age of 82.
Philip was born on May 26, 1936 to Soren and Anna (Williamson) Monson in the family home in Kandiyohi County, MN in the town of Hawick. As a child he attended country school through the ninth grade, and then went to work for an area farm. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1955 as the Korean War was coming to a close. During his years of service he was stationed in the Panama Canal with military police.
After leaving the Air Force he found his place in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where he studied diesel mechanics and welding. While there he would meet Martha Wahl, his future wife, at her Jr./Sr. Prom. Through casual conversation and sharing a dance or two the relationship would begin. From this chance encounter they would form a union, and marry on September 15, 1960 in Yankton, South Dakota. They shared the joy of ten children; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Philip spent the years of their marriage working a variety of jobs including mechanics, welding, business owner, caregiver at the Cambridge State Hospital; but his true passion was in farming and teaching his children life skills.
In 1976, after a move to Henriette, Philip’s journey continued, and at age 41 he surrendered to a life of sobriety, founded the Henriette AA group and became an active member of the community he would call home. He served on the city council and held the position of Town Mayor for 12 years.
Philips sobriety gave him a deeper walk, spiritually, and he became a member of the Henriette Free Methodist Church, where he was able to share his skillset as a sawyer by contributing the milled lumber from his saw mill that completed the interior of his church home.
His was a life lived…..a life remembered.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 8 siblings, Luella, Harry, Sam, Pete, Mary, David, John and Daniel; grandson Lee William Aronson.
He is survived by his wife Martha; children, Deborah Aronson, Barbara (Ron) Sigurdsen, Mark (Rita) Monson, Melody Schleiss, Vernon (Julie) Monson, Julie (David) Wright, Ruth (Ricke) Mattison, Kathy Fiorentino, Rebecca (Timothy) Barnes and Jeremy Monson (Sabrina Arenson); sister Alice Mathiason; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.