Howard Warnberg

Howard Warnberg

Howard Warnberg, 92-year-old resident of Little Falls, passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Grace Covenant Church in Little Falls, with Rev. Greg Satterburg officiating. Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. A visitation will be held from 4-8 P.M. on Thursday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and from 10-11 A.M. on Friday at Grace Covenant Church in Little Falls. Military honors will be provided by the Little Falls American Legion Post #46.
Howard was born on the family farm to the late Arthur and Agnus Warnberg. He enlisted in the Navy in November, 1942. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he married Margaret Jean Larson, Oct. 19, 1946. In 1950, he started Warnberg’s Floor Service and successfully ran this business for more than 50 years. He returned to the Naval Reserve in the early 1950s and then to full time active duty as a Naval Recruiter and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. In 1976, he was elected to the Morrison County Commissioner Board and served 16 years until 1992. Howard and Margaret enjoyed traveling and he volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations including Gideon’s International, Grace Covenant Church, Habitat for Humanity; Amundsen Education Center in Alaska and Lake Beauty Covenant Bible Camp. He participated in the 2008 Honor Flight for World War II Veterans to Washington, D.C. Howard was a loving husband and father whose faith, family and friends were most important to him. He loved to meet new people and engage in conversation and since retirement, he would meet up with friends most mornings for coffee and lively discussion. He was an avid hunter and later in life, he took up golf, which was great therapy for him during the declining health of his wife.
Howard is survived by his daughter, Becky Smith of Grand Rapids; son, Kent (Lori Beth) Warnberg of Chanhassen; daughter, Brenda (Jim) Giordano of Bellevue, Wash.; sister, Lois (Ed) Olson of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; brother, Rudy Warnberg of Golden Valley; sister, Opal (John) Liljegren of Bellevue, Wash.; brother, Harry (Emily) Warnberg of Lynn Haven, Fla.; sister, Barbara (Glen) Thill of Burnsville; grandchildren, Nathan and Angie Smith of Grand Rapids, Allison and Nate Geisler of Cohasset, Mara and Carl Sorenson of Northfield, Sophie Warnberg of Chanhassen, David Giordano of Bellevue, Wash., Michael Giordano of Bellevue, Wash.; and five great-grandchildren, Selah and Hadley Smith, Levi, Jonah and Abram Geisler.
Howard was preceded in death by his wife Margaret; parents, Arthur and Agnus Warnberg; brothers, Chester (infant) and Lawrence.

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