Howard Kelsey Page, age 92, of Eden Prairie, formerly of Dassel, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Brookdale Senior Living in Eden Prairie.
His funeral service will be Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, followed by interment at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
There will be visitation Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, continuing Thursday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.
Howard was born July 9, 1926, in Duluth, the son of Sidney and Helen (Kelsey) Page. He grew up in southwest Minneapolis until age 16, when the family moved to Rhode Island, where he graduated from East Providence High School in June of 1944.
Howard enlisted in the United States Army in September 1944, and served in Europe with the 347th Infantry Division through the end of World War II. He was honorably discharged in June 1946.
Following his military service, Howard attended Brown University on the GI Bill in Providence, RI, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in economics in 1950.
He worked for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, MI before moving to Edina in 1954. In 1959, Howard moved to Lake Minnetonka.
Howard moved his family and business to Dassel In 1972, where he lived until the mid-1980s, when he moved to Wayzata. More recently, Howard spent his winters in Tucson, AZ, and eventually made the move permanent until 2015, when he returned to Minnesota.
Howard was a true entrepreneur, with a passion for business. He founded Crest Electronics, now known as Crest Healthcare. He also founded and operated real estate development company Greenwood Enterprises in Dassel, moving and building many homes and buildings in Dassel.
In 1986, Howard moved the Cokato depot to Dassel and created the Old Depot Railroad Museum.
Howard was a Paul Harris Fellow with both the Cokato-Dassel and Oro Valley, Rotary clubs. He was a member of Toastmasters in Litchfield, the Dassel History Center, and a Masonic Lodge member. He was also a member of the Dassel Development Corporation, and the Dassel Commercial Club.
Howard always had a positive attitude. He loved working, collecting railroad memorabilia, and walking the golf course in Tucson, AZ. He loved Dassel, and was always working to bring business and other opportunities to town.
Howard had a philanthropic spirit and donated to many causes. He was a mentor to many of the people he worked with, and was delighted to see others succeed.
He was a family man and took great pride in his family and their accomplishments.
Howard is survived by his daughters, Kathy (Jeffrey) Baumgartner of Bemidji/Placida, FL, Julie (Bryan) Comstock of Eden Prairie, and Beth (Dan) Balmer of Bemidji; eight grandchildren: April Ordóñez Baumgartner, William Baumgartner, Max Page, Buc Page, Louie Page, Steven Balmer, David Balmer and Jack Balmer, and six great-grandchildren: Ariana, Brooklyn, Lucia, Otto, William, and Valentina.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kelsey; his parents; and his wives, June (Whelan) Page, Nancy (Reynolds-Fox) Page, and Kathy (Scanlon) Page; and two sisters, Jane Bevier, and Ruth Page.