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Henry Zarn


Henry (Hank) Zarn, 94, of Lakefield, passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Luverne, Minnesota. A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield with Reverend John Schuetz officiating.  

A visitation will take place on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 one hour prior to the funeral service.  

A private family burial will take place at a later date.

Henry “Hank” Edward Zarn was born on Monday, December 8, 1924 to Louis Wesley and Mabel Augusta (Wiese) Zarn on a farm in Pipestone County, Minnesota. Hank attended country school in Pipestone until the 8th grade. He worked on the farm and road construction before enlisting in the United States Army on February 23, 1945. Hank received his basic training at Camp Joseph Robinson in Arkansas and was shipped out to the Philippines just as the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. He was in the 17th Infantry, 7th division, and the Occupational forces in Korea as the war ended.  Henry then returned to Pipestone, going to work for the Pipestone County Highway Department. He started working for Hugo Schultz Road Construction building and surfacing roads throughout southern Minnesota until he retired. Henry was united in marriage to June (Nelsen) of Ruthton, Minnesota on March 20, 1949. They resided in Holland, Minnesota for some time before moving and making their home in Lakefield in 1963. They enjoyed their many friends in and around the Lakefield community. In August 2018 Hank moved into Valley View Assisted Living in Lakefield. In January, 2019, Hank moved to the Good Samaritan Home in Luverne, MN where he passed away on Sept. 1 at the age of 94 years, 8 months and 23 days.

Henry was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield, the Lakefield VFW, and the Lakefield American Legion. He really enjoyed woodworking, decorating the exterior of their home for holidays, reading western books, feeding the birds, and gardening. He looked forward to fishing trips with his son and grandson. Hank enjoyed his daily coffee sessions with his Lakefield friends. Henry will be greatly missed by all that had the chance to get to know him.

Henry is survived by his son Michael (Susan King) Zarn of Mankato, Minnesota; his daughter Susan Ann Zarn of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; grandchildren Staci (Andrew) Will of Edina, Minnesota and James (Beth Moen) of Mankato, Minnesota; great grandchildren Jack and Claire Will, and Jacob and Natalie Zarn.

Henry is preceded in death by June, his wife of 67 years, his parents and his brother, Bud Zarn.

Blessed be the memory of Henry Edward Zarn.

3 thoughts on “Henry Zarn”

  1. shirley solyntjes says:

    Dear Susan,
    I am deeply sorry to hear about the death of your Dad. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

    Peace, Prayers and Blessings,
    Shirley (Wendel) Solyntjes

  2. Diane Bezdicek says:

    Dear Friends, I am saddened to hear of Hanks passing. I cherish our years as neighbors in Lakefield! With special memories of the Saturday evening picnics! I did not realize Hank had passed away until today. I occasionally drive through our old neighborhood. Brings me comfort. Love, Duff,Jim and Christopher

  3. Kristin Suhr says:

    I had just volunteered at Hank’s “Bingo table” last Friday so I was shocked to hear he had passed away. I enjoyed seeing him when I helped with Bingo and when I delivered the mail at the Mary Jane Brown Home. He will be missed.

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