Howard R. Bakken, age 71, of Decorah, IA, died Friday, March 29, 2013 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, April 1, 2013 at Fjelstul Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bryan Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Canoe Ridge Cemetery in Decorah.
Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 P.M. Monday on the day of the service at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah.
Howard Raymond Bakken was born on August 13, 1941 in Decorah, Iowa, the son of Oscar and Edith (Spilde) Bakken. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Decorah. He attended Decorah High School.
On May 11, 2002, Howard was married to Joyce Friederich Meyer at Decorah Lutheran Church. They are members of Decorah Lutheran Church.
Howard worked for various businesses in the area doing construction and auto mechanics. He was a member of AA for 16 years. His favorite pastime was playing cards and working on cars.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Howard is survived by his wife, Joyce of Decorah, IA; three step-children: Peggy Bostic of Silvis, IL, Dennis Meyer of Waukon, IA and Dean (Mandy) Meyer of Waukon, IA; seven step-grandchildren: Lonnie Jr., Jeremiah, Abbi and Seth Davis, Dusti Reimer, Andrew and Autumn Meyer; four step great-grandchildren, Wesley and Bo Reimer, and Addison and Leah Davis. He is also survived by special cousins: Lonnie Davis, Sandy Howard, Wanda Baker and many other cousins.