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Steven Colbjornsen, 56

Steven Ward Colbjornsen, age 56, of Maple Grove, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009.

He was born Feb. 22, 1952, to Harold and Lorraine Colbjornsen in Parkers Prairie, MN.

Steven graduated from Anoka High School in 1970.

Shortly after graduation, he joined the US Marine Corps. During his years in service, Steve spent some time in Okinawa and received his rifle expert badge.

He was joined in holy marriage to Linda L. Snodgrass May 29, 1976, at Cross Lutheran Church in Rockford. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter, Kelly Jo.

Steve became the proud grandpa of Gage Merlin Lawrance Oct. 20, 2006. He also was excited to welcome the birth of his twin granddaughters in February.

Throughout his life, Steve enjoyed many hobbies with family and friends which included camping, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, and playing cards.

Steve and Linda spent the majority of their marriage at their home in Maple Grove. The past few years they stayed out at “The Farm” in Buffalo, where Steve became a master gardener.

Steve also had a passion for dogs. He will be leaving behind two loyal Labs, Gunnar and KC.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Linda L. Colbjornsen; daughter Kelly Jo Colbjornsen and special friend Sean Lawrance; grandson Gage Lawrance; his mother, Lorraine M. Colbjornsen of Isle, MN; sisters and brothers Nancy Colbjornsen of Inver Grove Heights, Mary (Harlan) Garbe of Danbury, WI, Kay (Kevin) Carlson of Cedar, Chris (Cheryl) Colbjornsen of Crystal, Dan (Leni) Colbjornsen of East Bethel, Tom (Annette) Colbjornsen of North Branch, and Jean (Rich) Colbjornsen of Prescott, WI; many nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Steven was preceded in death by his father, Harold Colbjornsen; a niece, Sarah Mae Colbjornsen; his mother-in-law, Esther Snodgrass; and his father-in-law, Merlin Snodgrass.

The funeral service took place Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with the Rev. Michael Barlow officiating. Interment with military rites followed at Elmwood Cemetery.

Friends called Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Steven’s godchildren and best friend, Amanda Carlson, Jean Colbjornsen, and Jim Baumgarten, were honorary casket bearers.

Casket bearers were Sean Lawrance, Dan Colbjornsen, Tom Colbjornsen, Josh Colbjornsen, Ted Colbjornsen, and Ken Snodgrass.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family