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Henry M. Colbenson


Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries



Henry M. Colbenson, 78, of Rushford, Minn. died on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at his home.

Henry was born on February 6, 1935, in Money Creek Township of Houston County, Minn. to N. John and Marie (Thompson) Colbenson. He was raised in rural Rushford and graduated from Rushford High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army as an Army Specialist from November 15, 1956, to November 15, 1958, and in the Army Reserves until November 15, 1962.

On October 3, 1959, Henry married Jeannette Oldendorf in Winona, Minn. He attended Winona Vocational School in the Business and Marketing program. Henry spent most of his career as an independent insurance agent.

Henry was a member of Rushford Lutheran Church and the Rushford Lions Club where he received the Melvin Jones Award. Henry was also a member of the Mystic Star Lodge #69 in Rushford, where he received the Hiram Award. He sponsored and played softball for the First National Agency softball team.

Henry is survived by his wife, Jeannette; two daughters: Ann (Mike) Hallum of Osseo, Wis. and Susan (Marc) Fournier of Shoreview, Minn.; a nephew who Henry and Jeannette raised from childhood, Mark Colbenson; thirteen grandchildren; and his siblings: Catherine Sorum of Rushford, John Colbenson of Isanti, Minn., Ardis Scattum of Minnesota City, Minn., and Joyce Warnken of Rushford, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bertram and Cubby; and another nephew that he raised, Mike Colbenson.

The funeral service was on Friday, May 10, at Rushford Lutheran Church with the Rev. Roger Michaelson officiating. Burial was in the Rushford Lutheran Cemetery.

The family prefers memorials to be directed to Rushford Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association.

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