Harvey J. Oestreich, 81

Harvey Jerome Oestreich, age 81, of Howard Lake, was called to the Church Triumphant Tuesday, March 31, 2020, after a battle with cancer.

A Service of Christian Burial and Interment is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Mark Loder of St. James Lutheran Church, and the Rev. Rob Jarvis will be officiating. Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Attendance limits will be determined by the status of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time. Updated information can be found at www.stjameshl.org, http://www.swansonpeterson.com, facebook groups, and the family welcomes calls.

Harvey was born March 23, 1939, in Howard Lake, to Marvin and Marie (née Strauss) Oestreich.

He was baptized April 9, 1939, confirmed, and married at St. James Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Howard Lake.

Harvey married Ruth Ann Alvina Burau May 23, 1964. They were blessed with two children, and three grandchildren.

After serving in the Army as a tank commander, Harvey farmed for the rest of his career, while also holding down a full-time job at Industrial Louvers in Delano.

His interests included smoking/curing meats, fishing, and hunting; and he enjoyed getting involved with various collections, including coins, chainsaws, and most popular, his collection of lights.

Harvey and Ruth spent much time traveling, both with and without their RV. Harv was also an avid gardener and helped Ruth can vegetables from that garden.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by three siblings, Doug Oestreich, Cindy Bergquist, and Lyle Oestreich; his wife of 55 years, Ruth; her brothers and sisters; children Joanne Jarvis (Rob), and Philip Oestreich (Susan); grandchildren Hannah Seek (Tim), Sarah Walters, and Samuel Oestreich; and many other relatives and friends

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