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Maynard Forsberg, 85

Maynard Dean Forsberg, age 85, passed away peacefully under hospice care, at the Buffalo Glenn Memory Care facility Sept. 3, 2020.

A celebration of life gathering will take place at Highland Community Church (13800 US Hwy. 12 SW) in Cokato, Thursday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m., officiated by his great-nephew, Rob Bergfalk, of Champlin.

Interment will take place at Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery following the lunch.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in Maynard’s honor.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato is serving the family.

Maynard was born April 17, 1935, at home on his family farm in rural Stockholm Township. He was the second of four children (Phyllis, Maynard, Nancy Dennis) born to Ernie and Pearl Forsberg. He was baptized and confirmed at Stockholm Lutheran Church.

Maynard loved the farm life, and enjoyed milking cows and working in the fields. Maynard said he always felt closest to God when he was alone on the tractor, and was free to sing and pray.

Maynard went to Collins Country School for first through eighth grades, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1953. He loved music and had a good singing voice, often called on to sing in weddings or church. Maynard was in the church and school choirs, played trumpet in the band, and enjoyed playing his accordion with friend, Don Lundborg.

After high school, he went to the University of Minnesota, later transferring to Luther Junior College in Wahoo, NE.

Maynard drove truck, hauling peas and corn during canning time for the local factories, which paved the way for him to continue in the trucking business with Teske and Gambles for many years. He bought a custom-made Peterbilt semi-tractor, and began his career as an over-the-road trucker. He was very proud of his millions of miles logged, and very few accidents.

Maynard took exceptionally good care of his prize truck, which was second only to his beloved Chevy pickup.

Maynard was an avid flower gardener, and loved nature and the beautiful scenery as he drove through on his trucking tours. He grew stunning roses at his home in Champlin, with many of his rose bushes being passed on to family members. Maynard loved being part of the Champlin/Anoka community, and was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka.

Maynard was preceded in death by his parents, Ernie and Pearl Forsberg; sister, Phyllis Terning; brother-in-law, Marlin Terning; and brother, Dennis Forsberg.

Maynard is survived by his sister, Nancy (Rollie) Severson; cousins, and many nieces, and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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