Funeral services for Howard Amborn, age 91, of Andover, will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11 AM at Milaca Alliance Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Howard passed away peacefully on Friday, January 10, 2020 at age 91. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Augusta Amborn; first wife, Marjorie (Blom) Amborn; son, Warren Scott Amborn; brother Ronald Amborn; stepbrothers, William Janke and Harvey Janke; stepsister, Selma Arbuckle; and sons-in-laws, Kerry Krause and Bill Haaga. He is survived by his wife, Esther Amborn; four children, Analyn (Paul Walchak), Annette Krause, Lynette Haaga and Jason (Deanna) Amborn; three stepchildren, Shari (Jim) Hayes, Terese Barnes and Kevin Barnes , 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and extended family members.
Howard grew up on a dairy farm in Saginaw, MN during the depression in a large loving family. He was not afraid of hard work. He developed a strong work ethic and family values growing up on the farm which he carried on throughout his life. Faith in God, education and family were the foundations of his life.
Howard graduated from Duluth Business College and served his country with distinction in the Air Force during the Korean War. Howard believed in and lived an active and full life. He was a role model, leader, coach and mentor to all.
He raised his family in both Duluth and New Hope, MN. Howard was a business leader in Minneapolis and retired from Norwest Banks as an Assistant Vice President. He also had a distinguished career for Honeywell.
Howard was very active in community service and for many years served on the City Planning Commission, school boards and coached youth hockey. In addition, he was a charter member of House of Hope Lutheran Church in New Hope, MN serving as congregational Vice President, Treasurer, in addition to teaching confirmation and Sunday school and singing in the church choir
His interests included fishing, friends, music and traveling. Howard was active in the Republican Party and worked on several campaigns during his lifetime. But his greatest passion was for his family. He made being a good and honorable man, husband and father, and dependable friend and neighbor a part of his daily life. He loved good conversation, a hot cup of coffee and his beloved Minnesota Vikings! All were welcome at his home. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and most recent great grandchild, Everett.
Howard was a true gentleman with a sparkle in his eye and a kindness to all those he met. The world is a better place because of Howard Amborn.