Harry Francis Settergren, age 97, of Dassel, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at the Burns Manor in Hutchinson.
He was born May 24, 1914, at Lake Jennie, Meeker County, the son of Peter J. and Alma (Ostlund) Settergren. Harry grew up in the Lake Jennie area and attended District 88 for his education.
He attended the Lake Jennie Covenant Church his whole life, being both baptized and later confirmed in 1928, and became a member of Lake Jennie in 1931.
Harry was inducted into the US Army and served in the South Pacific Theater.
He was united in marriage to Doris Titrud June 29, 1943, at the Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato. The couple made their home in California; upon Harry’s deployment, Doris returned to Cokato.
When Harry completed his military service, he returned to the Lake Jennie area and purchased the farm in 1948 from his parents, where he had since resided.
A member of many local co-op boards, Harry had served as an officer. He had been a member of the Dassel Creamery board, the Dassel-Kingston Shipping Association, and the Farmer Corporation Implement Dealership.
After retirement, Harry enjoyed traveling, having visited Sweden, Norway, and Germany. He had also attended many Army reunions in different places around the United States.
Harry served as a delegate at national and district meetings for the Evangelical Covenant Church. The last noteworthy trip that he took was a trip to Washington DC for the dedication of the World War II Memorial.
Harry loved his family dearly and was proud of all of their accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife, Doris, of Dassel; children, the Rev. Paul (Rev. Jane Ann) Settergren of Blaine, Donald Settergren of Dassel, David (Rene) Settergren of Ely, and Peter Settergren of Dassel; three grandchildren, Matthew Settergren, Derek (Elaine) Settergren, and Brian (Erin) Settergren; three great-grandchildren, Ella, Einar and Nora Settergren; and one sister, Hazel Carlson of Hutchinson.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents; and 10 siblings, Alice Sorenson, Hilma Utterberg, Melville, Paul, Herman, Robert, Roy, Walter, Mildred Anderson, and Irene Baumetz.
A funeral service took place Thursday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Lake Jennie Covenant Church in rural Dassel with the Rev. Doug Pierce officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Wednesday evening, Sept. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; and continued Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home, Dassel.