Harry Donald Cann passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007 at the Falls Good Samaritan Center in International Falls, Mn. after a short battle with cancer.
He was born to Harry and Lydia Cann on May 11, 1926 in Blackduck, Mn. and graduated from Blackduck High School in June, 1944.
Don joined the U.S. Navy in April, 1944 and left for Farragut Idaho Naval Training Center on June 6, 1944. He was a gunner in Torpedo Squadron 97.
He was honourably discharged from the navy on July 8, 1946. He later attended Concordia College in Moorhead and then Bemidji State teachers’ college.
He married Virginia Hoberg at the First Presbyterian Church in Bemidji, Mn. on June 21, 1958. He lived in Grand Forks, N.D. until 1964, when he moved with his young family to International Falls.
He worked at, and then purchased, the Gamble’s Store. He later was employed at the Daily Journal, Sheridan Motors, Totem Pole Sporting Goods, and Mark’s Marine.
Don was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and served on the church council. He also was an active member of the Border Shrine Club and served a term as president. He loved driving the canoes in the parades and working at the Shrine Circus.
Don also was a member of the Elk’s and the Masonic Order. He belonged to the Philosopher’s Club, Fall’s Country Club, Duplicate Bridge Club, Couple’s Bridge Club, and The Gourmet Club.
Don loved spending time at their Reef Point cabin on Rainy Lake. The family built the cabin in the early 1970s with the help of their friends. He would spend many wonderful summers swimming, going for pontoon boat rides, taking hot tubs with his grandchildren, playing cards, sitting around the campfire, and sharing many wonderful meals.
He went hunting every fall with a very close group of family and friends in Bemidji. When he did not want to brave long hours in the cold, he became the “camp cook” and social director.
Don loved to shop at Super One and was there almost daily, like the bread man. He also loved to dance, cook, and entertain.
He was predeceased by his mother and father; mother- and father-in-law, Inga and Harvey Hoberg; granddaughter, Emmy Jo Cann; and special aunt, Alma Peterson.
He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Virginia Cann; children, Nancy (Doug) Anderson, John (Stacey), and Tom (Tracy); and grandchildren, Betsy, Sarah, Katie, and Becca Anderson, Eric and Joshua Cann, and Tyler, Tanner, and Tessa Cann, all of International Falls, Mn.
Also surviving are his sister, Eva Mae (John) Regnier of Stevens Point, Wis.; brother, Doug (Lois) Cann of Bemidji, Mn.; and brothers-in-law, Justin Hoberg of Bemidji, Mn. and Keith (Elaine) Hoberg of Tyler, Tex.
A memorial service will be conducted Friday, Jan. 4, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls, with Pastor Stephen Olson officiating.
A luncheon will be served after the service at the Holiday Inn.
A private family burial will be held at the Forest Hill Cemetery in International Falls.
In memoriam donations would be preferred to the Zion Lutheran Church or the Rainy River Community College Foundation—Emmy Jo Cann Scholarship.
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