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Melvin Henry Hobbiebrunken

September 17, 1930 — November 2, 2017

Funeral services for Melvin Henry Hobbiebrunken, age 87, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church.  Rev. Shane Koepke will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.  Military Honors will be accorded by local servicemen’s organizations. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at

Melvin died Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Melvin Henry Hobbiebrunken was born September 17, 1930 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Henry and Vera (Overbeck) Hobbiebrunken. He attended School District 72 for grade school and then Owatonna High School.  Melvin served in the U.S. Army from September 1948 through April 1952.  He was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant First Class. On December 30, 1951, Melvin married Arlene Ellen Madson at the parsonage in Hartland, Minnesota.  They lived in Freeborn County farming until 1980 when they moved to Texas.  They returned to Minnesota in 2005. Melvin was involved in his churches both in Minnesota and Texas.  Melvin was a member of Lions and Kiwanis when he returned to Minnesota.  He enjoyed early morning coffee with his buddies at McDonalds to catch up with town news or farming.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Arlene; children, Ramona Hobbiebrunken, Linda (Steve) Herdina, Michael (Monica) Hobbiebrunken. Grandchildren: Bradley (Laura Dubany) Giebel, Dawn (Alex) Kelling, David (Maxine Gilliam) Giebel, Phillip (Irma) Herdina, Paul (Katharine Smith) Giebel, Kevin (Brittany) Hobbiebrunken, and Brian Hobbiebrunken, 8 Great-grandchildren: Penny, Garrett and Aaron Giebel, Clay, Zach, Allena and Christian Herdina, and Taos Hobbiebrunken. 3 step-great-grandchildren Lucy, Kaysen and Trinity. Sister Darlene Avise, brothers-in-law, Jimmy Madson, Jim Parker, and Larry Madson; sisters-in-law, Jane Madson, Lonna Parker, and Deb Madson;  nieces and nephews; several cousins and other extended family.

Melvin was preceded in death by grandparents, Johan & Elisabeth Hobbiebrunken and John & Alma Overbeck; uncle, Alvin Overbeck; parents, Henry & Vera; brother-in-law, Dale Avise; and niece, Doreen Christenson.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)

Concordia Lutheran Church, Pickerel Lake

69471 190th St, Albert Lea, MN 56007

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Starts at 2:00pm (Central time)

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