Gerald Wendell Harth was born September 14, 1927 in Hinckley, Minnesota to Jack and Selma (Opsahl) Harth. He lived his entire life in Hinckley. He worked various jobs – he worked at a Ford garage in Hinckley and three years for different farmers; Gordon Thompson, Willis McCollough and Frank Patrick. He also worked in the fields at Carpenter, South Dakota. Gerald was drafted into the U. S. Army and served during World War II from 1945-1947. He worked road construction for two years with Frye and Irons Construction. He also worked at St. Paul Hydraulic Hoist, Central Warehouse that stored items for companies, Seger Company and Donovan Construction. In October 1954, he bought the farm from Pruissen’s and added onto the barn and bought more land. Gerald married Arlene Hokanson on July 26, 1957. They had seven children; George, Lannette, Roxanne, Harold, Jerrold, Dennis and Mark. Gerald was a proud American Legion member for 24 years. He was a server; he served his country, family and friends and not only served them, but loved them. Gerald passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at his home in Hinckley at the age of 84 years. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lannette Harth; his brother, Calvin Harth and his parents, Jack and Selma Harth. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; his sons, George, Harold, Jerrold, Dennis and Mark; his daughter, Roxanne Daggins; his sister, Annette (Dale) Petersen; his brothers, John (Joann) Harth and Leonard Harth; his ten grandchildren, Patrick, Amberly, Cole, Brittany, Christine, Brandon, Brady, Ellen, Sydney and Grady and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Gerald Harth were held Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloverdale, Minnesota with Pastor Tim Faust officiating. Special music was provided by Joan Frye, Bev Chaffee, Lollie McCall and Cindy Lehman. Casketbearers were George Harth, Harold Harth, Jerrold Harth, Dennis Harth, Mark Harth and Jerry Mettling. Honorary casketbearers were Dale Frye, Bud Fritz, Donald Opsahl, Glenn O’Flanagan, Marvin Maser and Craig Summerland. Interment at Lutheran Memorial Cemetery in Hinckley with Military Honors provided by the Hinckley American Legion Honor Guard.