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Harold O. Pugh, 94

Harold Otis Pugh, age 94, of Little Canada, formerly of Howard Lake, died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, as the result of an auto accident.

He was born Nov. 16, 1914, to Otis and Victoria (Burchette) Pugh at Howard Lake.

At the age of 16, Harold joined the Merchant Marines, and when World War II started, he joined the army. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received in action, and was discharged after the war ended in 1945.

Harold joined the postal service and was a mail carrier in Minneapolis until he retired to Little Canada in 1972.

At the age of 92, Harold was still doing what he loved the most, dancing. He also enjoyed teaching others how to dance, and won many trophies in dancing competition doing the Polish Hop Polka.

At the age of 93, Harold received an honorary high school diploma from the Roseville School District.

He was an active member of the VFW, American Legion, Moose Lodge, and the Elks Club.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ellsworth; and sisters Esther Gallup, Viola Hanson, Verna (Combs) Berthiaume, Gladys Pugh, and Averil Hansen.

Harold will be greatly missed by his nieces, nephews, and his many great friends.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, May 26 at 11 a.m. at Mueller-Bies Funeral Home-Roseville, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment was Wednesday, May 27 at noon at Howard Lake Cemetery