John Monson, 88, died peacefully on Sunday, August 11, 2013 after several years of gradual decline related to Parkinson’s Disease.
Memorial services were held on Wednesday, August 14, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hackensack with burial in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
John was born in Red Wing and grew up in Wanamingo. He served in the Navy during WWII. He married Barbara Swanson, his wife of 65 years in Wanamingo in 1948 and attended school in Minneapolis.
John and Barb moved to Granite Falls in 1950 where they raised their family. He worked as a rural mail carrier for 30 years. John and Barb, a registered nurse, were active in numerous civic activities from Boy Scouts to the exploration of the idea of starting a college or vocational school in Granite. John and his wife also ran the outpatient TB clinic in Granite once the sanitorium there closed. In 1980 John and Barbara moved north to a lake near Backus, where they lived in a new house built for them by the Granite Falls carpenter, Myron Amundsen. They split their year between McAllen, Texas in the winter and their lake home in the summer. Life was good for John in the last third of his life. He and Barbara volunteered at the local co-op. They were daily monitors of the lake clarity for the DNR, and they spent lots of time with their grandchildren.
John is survived by his wife, Barbara of Pine River; sister Barbara Kerkvleit of Owatonna; daughter Ann Ledeboer (Scott) of Willmar; grandson Nathan Ledeboer of Milwaukee; granddaughter Rachel (Ben) Wolthuizen of Pequot Lakes; great granddaughter Ellie Wolthuizen; great grandson Andrew Wolthhuizen; son Craig Monson (Colleen) of Minnetonka; grandson Andrew Monson (Paula) of Shorewood; granddaughter Megan of Chaska; great granddaughter Anastazia Willis; son Todd Monson (Joanne) of Minneapolis; grandson Tollef Monson of Kodiak Alaska; and grandson Ilkka Monson of Minneapolis.
The family is especially grateful for all of the help and kindness they received from the people in Pine River and Backus and the Cass County staff who made life at the lake possible in John’s later years.
Memorials to Hackensack Area Fire and Rescue.
Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.