Harold J. Barnable, 80, of Le Mars, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at his home in Le Mars following a lengthy illness.
Harold J. Barnable was born July 2, 1925, in Woodbury County, the son of William J. and Edith Belle (Dennler) Barnable. He graduated from Union Township High School. On Feb. 15, 1946, Harold began serving his country in the U.S. Army. He attained the rank of Tech 4 with the ASU Medical Detachment during World War II. Following his honorable discharge on April 9, 1947, he returned to the Le Mars area. He began his career working for Bud Ross in the Ross Meat Market in Le Mars. He later worked at the John Deere Implement.
On Nov. 15, 1949, Harold and Sue Carol Dunn were united in marriage at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. Harold went to work at Albertson's in Le Mars. When Sioux Tools purchased Albertson's, Harold was promoted to plant manager. He retired from Sioux Tools in 1987. He then went to work for the Le Mars Flower and Greenhouse. He thoroughly enjoyed caring for the plants and landscaping. He also assisted the Johnson family at the Mauer -- Johnson Funeral Home during his retirement years.
Harold was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. He ushered and enjoyed helping with the annual smorgasbord. He was also a member of Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion in Le Mars.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Sue of Le Mars; a daughter, Patricia S. Brown and her husband, Andrew P. Brown of Baltimore, Md.; a nephew, Mike Barnable and his wife, Judy of Le Mars and their sons Jason of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Jeff of Brookings, S.D.; a nephew, Lanny Barnable and sister-in-law Joyce Barnable both of San Dimas, Calif.; and Harold's goddaughter, Elizabeth Orris and her mother, Melody, both of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Frances Barnable; two brothers Emmet and Wayne Barnable; and a niece, Vicki Barnable.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. James Tigges will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Graveside military honors will be provided by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Mauer -- Johnson Funeral Home. There will be a rosary service at 4 p.m. and a Scriptural prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also take place at the funeral home from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday morning prior to Mass.
The honorary pallbearer will be Harold's goddaughter Elizabeth Orris. Pallbearers will be Ken Nelson, Larry Kennedy, Jerome Dreckman, Norman Nielsen, Donald Hoss and Jerry DeWit.