John “Joe” Narverud, 79, of Albert Lea passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Joe passed away after suffering from kidney failure.
He was born on May 30, 1939 in Albert Lea to John & Clara (Johnson) Narverud. Joe was a proud “south sider” growing up on the south side of Albert Lea and attending Ramsey School. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church and referred to FLC as “the headquarters.” His faith was always very important to him throughout his life. Joe graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1957.
After high school, Joe attended Mankato State for 2 years. He joined the Army in 1960 and served in the Reserves for 6 years. Joe then attended and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in 1962. Upon graduation, he began working at the State Bank of Clarks Grove with his uncle Reuben Johnson. He worked at the bank his entire career and celebrated 50 years in banking in 2012. Joe sold the bank and retired in 2014. He loved being a “country banker” and treasured his customers and the friendships he made over the years at the bank.
Joe met Sandy Smith on a blind date in 1960 and they were married on July 13, 1963. They were best friends and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in 2018. They were blessed with 3 children, Susan, Julie and Jason and 7 grandchildren. He was a proud “Boompa” to not only his own grandchildren but to their friends as well.
Joe’s greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. His favorite times were spent talking smart, telling stories and laughing with family and friends at the bank, Green Lea Golf Course, Palm Island, hunting at the Narrows in Geneva and generally doing anything fun. Joe loved spending time at Ted Hellie’s farm “helping” Ted. He also loved music, especially the Doobie Brothers. People always knew Joe was near when they heard his trademark laugh! Joe was a friend to everyone and it was important to him to help others with his time and resources in his own quiet, humble way. He was one of the good guys.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sandy of Albert Lea; children Susan (Brad) Loch of Albert Lea, Julie (Tony) Johnson of Albert Lea, and Jason (Kristin) Narverud of Eagan; grandchildren Luke (Morgan) Michels of Blackduck, MN, Rachel Jensen of St. Louis Park, MN and boyfriend Kyle Augustine, Brady Loch of Lakewood, CO and girlfriend Amanda Weatherhead, Sam Jensen of Albert Lea, Emma Loch of Albert Lea, Claire and John Narverud of Eagan; sister Jinni (Loring) Gaasedelen Olson of Albert Lea; Sister-in-Law Marsha (Joe) Jensen of Austin, MN; Cousin Bob (Beth) Johnson of Venice, FL; many cherished nieces and nephews; and honorary brothers, Lyle Paulson, Dave Peterson, Dave Lindahl and the late Ted Hellie.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents John & Clara Narverud, Mother & Fathers-in-Law Geraldine (Elmer) Rayman, Marvin Smith, and many aunts and uncles.
Visitation will take place on Friday, December 7th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Bonnerup Funeral Home in Albert Lea. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, December 8th at 10:00 am at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Military honors will be accorded by the Albert Lea Area Veterans Groups. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery.
If desired, memorials to either First Lutheran Church’s Peace & Power or Mayo Clinic Hospice.
God bless the memory of this great man!