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Longtime Coborn’s Leader, Dan Coborn, Has Died

Photo furnished by Coborn's Inc.
Photo furnished by Coborn’s Inc.

SAUK RAPIDS – The longtime leader of Coborn’s Incorporated has died. Coborn’s has announced that Dan Coborn passed away Wednesday at the age of 86.

He led the company for the greater part of the 20th century, serving as its chief executive from the late 1950s until 1999.

Coborn graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1948. He went on to attend St. John’s University, where he played football. He graduated from there in 1952 with a degree in economics.

Coborn helped the family open their second store in 1963. They opened their first Cash Wise store in Willmar in 1979.

Coborn's Timeline

Dan married Mabel Hansen of Rockville, MN in 1952. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mabel, and his five children, Shelly Coborn, Chris (Becky Bergner) Coborn, Suzy (Marty) Ellis, Duke (Amy Armstrong), Tom Coborn; grandchildren, Danny (Tina) Coborn, Maria Coborn, Emily Coborn, Michael Coborn, Peter Coborn, Maggie Ellis, Jack Ellis, Charlie Ellis, Duke Jr. Coborn, Willy Coborn; 1 great-grandchild, Dahlia Coborn; and his sister, Nancy Fandel.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Duke and Florence (Graham); brothers, Bob, Ron, Bill and Neil Coborn; his sister Betty and his grandson, Nicholas

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