Norman Herman Benkowski, age 88, formerly of Lester Prairie, passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis.
He was born Feb. 6, 1930, in Glencoe, the son of Albert and Gertrude (Vogt) Benkowski. Norman was baptized as an infant Feb. 23, 1930, by the Rev. E. Kolbe at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe; and later confirmed in his faith as a youth April 2, 1944, by the Rev. A. F. Vomhof at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Norman’s confirmation verse was 1 John 5:4.
Norman received his education in Lester Prairie, graduating with the Lester Prairie High School class of 1948.
He entered active military service in the United States Army Sept. 29, 1951, and served his country during the Korean Conflict. He received an Honorable Discharge July 4, 1953.
Norman was united in marriage to Majel Harms June 20, 1958, at Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Township, Cologne. Norman and Majel made their home in Lester Prairie, and shared over 60 years of marriage. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Randi and Rhonda.
Norman worked as a carpenter at various construction companies including Birkholz Construction.
He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie; and also the Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463.
Norman enjoyed watching television, especially the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He also loved watching high school basketball games, reading, and listening to old-time music. Norman treasured the time spent with family and friends.
When he needed assistance with his daily care, Norman became a resident of the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis.
He is survived by his wife, Majel Benkowski of Norwood Young America; children, Randi Benkowski of Norwood Young America, and Rhonda Schauer and her husband, John, of Green Isle; grandchildren Jodi Michaelis of Glencoe, Lindsey Drexler and her husband, Sean, of Arlington, Jacob “JJ” Schauer and his wife, Kari, of Green Isle, Cole Benkowski and his wife, Dana, of Sparks, NV, Carter Benkowski, Cameron Benkowski, and Cailey Benkowski, all of Norwood Young America; and great-grandchildren Tarin Michaelis, Cody Michaelis, Riley Drexler, Harper Drexler, Nathan Schauer, and baby girl Schauer due in November.
Norman is further survived by sisters-in-law Marilyn Lenzen of Cologne, and Ruth Harms of Norwood Young America; nephews, nieces, other relatives; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Gertrude Benkowski; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Ella Harms; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Maynard and Enid Harms, Mervin Harms, and Dennis Lenzen; and grandson-in-law Dustin Michaelis.
Funeral services took place Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with the Rev. Joshua Arndt officiating. Nancy Buckentine was the organist. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” and “What a Friend We Have In Jesus.” Interment followed at the church cemetery, with military honors provided by Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463.
There was visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.
Casket bearers were Cole Benkowski, Carter Benkowski, Cameron Benkowski, Jacob Schauer, Jodi Michaelis, Lindsey Drexler, and Cailey Benkowski.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.mcbridechapel.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.