Jesme, Harold LeRoy (1934-2003)

Funeral services for Harold Jesme were held Thursday, May 8, 2003 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, Minnesota with Pastor Karin Moberg officiating. Interment was at our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery at Thief Lake. Military honors were accorded by the Middle River American Legion Post #444. Harold died May 4, 2003 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Harold LeRoy Jesme, son of James and Pearl (Torfin) Jesme, was born on March 16, 1934 at Wannaska, Minnesota. He was baptized and confimed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church there.

He started working in the potato fields near Drayton, North Dakota in 1949 and did various farming and trucking jobs until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1957.

Harold was stationed in Germany and Fort Ord, California until July of 1959. Following his discharge, Harold worked for Bucyrus Erie in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was a welding forman.

Harold married Arline Berg on October 1, 1960 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Thief Lake. While working at Bucyrus, he received his Mechanical Engineering Certificate at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Institute of Technology. Harold and Arline returned to Middle River in 1967, where he and his two brothers purchared a hardware store and owned and operated it until 1972. Harold then went into manufacturing and welding. He was a teacher at the Brainerd Vocational Technical Institute where he instructed metallurgy, welding and math.

In 1977, Harold moved to Lake Vermilion, Tower and began working for General Electric at Mountain Iron as a manager of mechanical projects until his health failed in 1995.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and especially his family. For the past two years, they have lived in Thief River Falls.

Harold is survived by his wife, Arline; two daughters, Joni (Steve) Fletty of Falcon Heights and Donna (Terry) Mosher of Tower; two sons, James (Shannon) of Thief River Falls and John (Tina) of Tower; eight grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Larson of South Milwaukee; one brother, Merle (Lorna) of Pluummer; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Delores Palm, and one brother, Iver.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Author: W Saewyc

An amateur genealogist and internet hobbyist.

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