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Howard Espersen 07/18/2019

Howard Espersen 07/18/2019

Howard Espersen, age 89 of New Richmond, WI, died on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond.  Howard was born the son of Martin and Edith (Falkenberg) Espersen on October 8, 1929 in St. Paul, MN.  He attended Carver Academy through the eighth grade, when he left school to work on the family dairy farm.  Howard enlisted in the Army at the age of 18.  After serving his country, he went to work for Great Northern Railroad.  After a short time on the railroad, Howard went to work as a carpenter.  He continued working as a carpenter and spent many years working for Derrick Construction.  Howard loved farming and continued to farm their 160 acre “Hobby” farm while working full time in construction.  On March 3, 1951, Howard was married to Sue Daggit at the Methodist Church in Newport, MN.  He was a member of the Carpenter’s Local Union 322.  Howard was quiet and kind.  He was always quick with a smile and was very grateful for those in his life.  He worked hard, enjoyed dancing and traveling, and loved to spend time with his grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Edith Espersen; son, Gregg Espersen; and siblings, Betty (John) Geene, Ray (Vinette) Espersen, Roger Espersen, Bruce Espersen; and brother-in-law, Don Alberg.  Howard is survived by his wife, Sue Espersen; children, Gail (Rick) Larson, Gwen (Kelly) Stephens; grandchildren, Jake (Heidi) Stephens, Bret (Jill) Stephens, Anita Larson; great-grandchildren, Ben, Luke, Grace and Ella Stephens; sister, Lois Alberg; sister-in-law, Georgia Espersen; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2 pm at the New Richmond United Methodist Church 209 E 2nd Street New Richmond, WI.  Visitation was also held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 1-2 pm at the church.  Interment was in Cottage Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove, MN.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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  • Lisa Leahy Posted July 26, 2019 1:23 pm

    I am so sorry. Howie was always a joy to spend time with and his stories and way he explained things always brought a smile to my face. His love was his family. He loved to talk about his grandkids and children and especially Sue. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. It was a honor to have him at our facility, and I will always treasure the times I spent with him.

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