Henry H. Deblon, Jr., 80

Published 7:38 am Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Henry H. Deblon, Jr., 80, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, of complications resulting from a fall at his home on Dec. 7.



He was born in Watertown, S.D., on March 11, 1933, to Henry Sr. and Francis (Friske) Deblon. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1951, and married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Balthazor, in 1953. They then moved to Austin, Minn., where Henry worked for Northwestern Bell. His job moved the family to Winona, Minn., in 1979, and he continued to work for Northwestern Bell until his retirement in 1992. The next year, Henry and three friends opened Fifth Street Liquor and were known as the Four Knights on Fifth: Henry, Bill, Larry, Jack.

Henry was very active in his community, in both Austin and Winona. He was a Cub Scout leader, Austin’s Annual Snowflake Festival chairman and served on the Wilkie Board. He was an Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus and an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona. Of all his community involvement, he took the most pride in coaching Club League baseball in Austin for more than 15 years.

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Henry is survived by Audrey, his wife of almost 61 years; a son Joe (Carlene), of Austin; daughter, Julie (Mike) Biggerstaff, of Winona; grandsons, Jared and Riley; granddaughter Sarah (AJ) Scherbring; great-grandson Owen; brother, John (Adrienne), of Bloomington, Minn.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Henry is preceded in death by his brother Bill; sister Patricia; three children; Tracy (died 1992), Kim (died 1995) and Jeff (died 2005). Henry will also be reunited with three infants whom he never had a chance to meet who are buried in Austin.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Winona with Rev. James Berning, Rev. Robert Stamschror and Rev. Monsignor Thomas Hargesheimer officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Winona.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Visitation Commons of St. Mary’s Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to: Hermits of St. Mary of Carmel, 33005 Stinson Ridge Rd., Houston, MN 55943; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1303 West Broadway, Winona, MN 55987; The Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, 625 E 4th St.,  Winona, MN 55987; Team Vogel vs. Cancer, P.O. Box 30063, Winona, MN 55987 or the charity of your choice.

Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona.