Harry Melvin Pool, age 86, of Independence, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at his home, surrounded by family, after a courageous and long struggle with kidney failure and other health issues.
He was born Aug. 27, 1925, in Montrose.
Harry met the love of his life, Lola Hafften, when they attended the country school on County Road 11 in rural Maple Plain, close to the family farms where they both grew up. Lola became his loving and devoted wife, and they recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
Harry and Lola had a daughter, Paulette Lynn Pool, who they lost after several months. They later had a son, Stephen Harry Pool, who farmed with his dad from childhood into adulthood and was his partner in various business ventures throughout the years.
Harry was a dairy farmer for most of his adult life, and then had a successful real estate career.
He was a longtime resident of Independence. His passion for politics and community service led him to run for public office, and he served as the mayor of the city of Independence for many years.
Harry’s greatest passion throughout his life was fishing and hunting. Of the two, he loved fishing and talking about fishing the most. He never let a little one get away.
Harry is now at peace with his Lord and Savior.
He is survived by his wife, Lola; son Stephen; daughter-in-law Jackie; grandsons Jacob, Stephen, and Jonah; a brother, Robert (Bonnie) Pool Jr.; sister-in-law Ione Link; brothers-in-law Kermit Dietrich, Larry (Sheri) Hafften, and Lauren (Kathleen) Hafften; and his closest friend, Lance Gyllenblad.
Harry’s siblings were Ralph Pool, Lauren Todd Pool, Robert Bob Pool Jr., Joyce Pool Bengston, and Betty Pool Dietrich.
Memorial services took place Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Delano Evangelical Free Church, with a gathering of family and friends from 1 to 2 p.m. in the church, prior to the services.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.