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July 16, 1928-Oct. 29, 2010

Einar G. Rebne, 82, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, October 29, 2010 at his home, surrounded by his loving family and his dog, Snoops, and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Einar was born to Andrew and Gertie (Brolin) Rebne on July 16, 1928 in Lignite, N.D. At the age of three he moved with his family to farm in the Powers Lake and Battleview area. A few years later they moved to McGregor and later to Columbus, N.D., where Einar's dad was a blacksmith. In the late 1930s his family owned and operated a restaurant in Columbus, where Einar and his siblings worked.

During his younger years, Einar enjoyed hunting and fishing. He played basketball in high school and graduated from Columbus High School in 1947. After graduation he went to work in the local coalmines, before moving to Washington to work in the logging industry.

Einar later returned to Columbus and continued to worked in the coalmines. He married Florence Kvigne on September 21, 1950. In 1951, Einar was drafted into the United States Army and served during the Korean War, until receiving an honorable discharge in 1953. He returned home to work in the coalmines until 1957 and went to work for Northern Natural Gas in the oilfields.

In 1966 Einar was transferred to Oklahoma and worked for Mobil Oil Corp. until he retired in 1978. Einar and Florence moved to a hobby farm in rural Detroit Lakes, until they built their lake home on Big Floyd Lake in 1987.

Einar liked to tinker with cars, especially with his son Cory at his side. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was a Masonic Lodge member in North Dakota.

Surviving Einar are his wife, Florence Rebne of Detroit Lakes; daughter, Robin (David) Burkel Jr. of Frazee; son, Cory Rebne of Detroit Lakes; five grandchildren, Bandi (Shane) Pietzsch, Heather (Treg) Voyles, Megan, Grant and Peter Burkel; one great grandson; two step-great granddaughters; sister, Pearl Krager of Cedar Park, Texas; sister-in-law, Barb Rebne of Morrisonville, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Einar in death were his parents; son, Allen; brother, Milo Rebne; and two sisters, Alice Swenson and Milly Steen.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 3, with visitation for one hour prior, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.

West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is providing arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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