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Harlow Halfred West

Harlow Halfred West, age 78, of Lester Prairie, died Saturday, July 8, 2006 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

He was born Aug. 4, 1927 in Hutchinson, the son of Elizabeth Stuedemann West; and attended school in Hutchinson.

Harlow was inducted into the US Army July 31, 1951 in Minneapolis. He served until his honorable discharge July 16, 1953 at Fort Sheridan, Ill. Harlow had reached the rank of Cpl (T).

After the service, Harlow lived in Glencoe and worked at McLeod-Wright Creamery in Lester Prairie.

He was united in marriage with Eleanor R. Fritz Sept. 8, 1954 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

Harlow owned and operated a milk truck route shortly after moving to Lester Prairie. He had also been employed at Green Isle Manufacturing before becoming a truck driver for Lester’s Building Systems, where he remained employed until retirement.

A member of the Minne Hi-Lo Camping Club, Harlow enjoyed fishing, camping, and the outdoors. He also loved his dogs, and spending time playing cards.

Harlow was preceded in death by his mother; and a sister, Mary.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor West, of Lester Prairie; children Connie Almquist (husband Craig), Mike West (wife Lori), all of Hutchinson, Linda Lynch (husband Jerry) of Columbia Heights, and Curtis West of Lester Prairie; grandchildren Nicole Lopez of Lester Prairie, Jim Almquist, Matt West, Steve West, and Holly West, all of Hutchinson; and great-granddaughter Netta Lopez.

Harlow is further survived by brother-in-law Fred Fritz (wife Len) of Killeen, Texas; sisters-in-law Mae Bethel (husband Chuck) of Coon Rapids, Emily Anderson (husband Ron) of Woodbridge, Va.; and Esther Witt (husband Durwood) of Apple Valley; nieces Barb Betker (husband Gordon) of Hutchinson, and Jean Stibal (husband Tom) of Bloomington; as well as other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services took place Monday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at the Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, with the Rev. William Baldwin officiating. The organist was Marie Eischens. Soloist Chuck Thiel sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” The congregational hymns were “Soon And Very Soon,” “Amazing Grace,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Interment was in the Lester Prairie City Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.

Visitation was Sunday evening, July 16 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

Serving as casket bearers were Craig Almquist, Jim Almquist, Jerome Herrmann, Keith Clausen, Mike Strei, and Rodney Markgraf.

Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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