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Martin Carl Monson

10/23/1930 - 02/15/2019

Martin C. Monson, 88, passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Pike at 2:00 pm. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Don Stauty will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by Virginia Honor Guard. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Martin Carl Monson was born on October 23, 1930 to Anton (Tony) C. Monson and Laura C. Axtell in Cohasset, MN.

He attended school in Cohasset and Grand Rapids, MN.

Martin volunteered to join the U.S. Air Force on November 28, 1947 at Ft. Sheridan, IL. He was honorably discharged in December of 1951. Martin was trained as an electrician, but was sent to Germany. While there, he became a member of the Berlin Air Force where he served in the fire department at the Fossberg Air Base as a fireman.

Martin was united in marriage to Thora Elaine Inglebret on December 24, 1955 in Grand Rapids. The couple then made their home in Pike, where they have resided for almost 60 years.
He joined the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union in 1958 and worked as a licensed plumber and pipefitter until 1998. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for over 50 years. Martin was one of the founding members of the Pike-Sandy Fire Department.

Martin loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and being outdoors. Especially spending time at his cabin in Canada.

He is survived by: his wife of 63 years: Thora; children: Shane (Sherrie) Monson, Kerry Monson, and Holly (Craig) Johnson; grandchildren: Clinton, Mallory, and Dylan; great-grandson: Derek;
siblings: Ruth Stejskal and Wally Monson, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Martin is preceded in death by his parents; numerous siblings; and his grandson, Michael Monson.

8 thoughts on “Martin Carl Monson”

  1. Peter Esala says:

    Martin was a nice guy, faithful church member. an asset to the community, and a good family man. Sorry for your loss and thanks for his military service.

  2. Ann Sacchetti Sargent says:


    I am saddened to hear of the passing of your father. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Take care,
    Ann Sacchetti Sargent

  3. Daniel Sundberg says:


    Sorry to hear about your husband passing. I met him on a few occasion…nice man. Take care and these days shall pass.

    Daniel Sundberg

  4. Alfred (Wally) Monson says:

    Sad, But he had a full life. Amazing thing I know is the Family hauling camper, Horses and family to competition with Holly winning awards. Also nice trips to cabin and fishing in Canada. Peace be with you..

  5. tom monson says:

    So sorry to see about uncle martin s passing ,didn t get to spend alot of time back with all of my family there but enjoyed some good time with him.Went to the cabin fishing and just hung around the house visiting.I loved the time i spent there, all my distant family were so accepting.Think about everybody all the time.Aunt Thora we stayed at your house and you made us feel right at home, loved it all.Again so sorry love you all Tom tommonson@sbcglobal.net

  6. Tim Monson says:

    Today is a very sad day ! I just heard of the passing of Uncle Martin. So sorry for the family, Aunt Thora,
    Shane ,Kerry , Holly . Unfortunately we didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time with our Minnesota Family members but the time we did created wonderful lifelong memories. Especially at the last reunion we attended ,
    I was able to get Uncle Martin’s secret beer batter recipe for deep frying fish that i still use today
    Once again sorry for your loss
    Good Bye Uncle Martin
    Love to all , Tim Monson and Family

  7. Colleen Nelson-Maki says:

    Kerry, so sorry to hear of your father passing. My thoughts & prayers for you & your family. God Bless, Colleen Nelson

  8. David and Roslyn Hanson says:

    We fondly remember the visits at Howard and Babe’s when Martin and Thora stopped in. Prayers for your family!

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02/21/2019 at 2:00 pm
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Virginia MN

Visitation begins at 1:00 pm