Harold Lyle Moffatt was born August 12, 1922 on the family farm near Westfield, the son of Christy and Esther (Boyd) Moffatt. He attended country school near Westfield and later high school in Westfield. He graduated from Westfield High School in 1940.
Following his graduation, he worked for various farmers near Westfield and worked at the packing house in Sioux City during the World War II era. Later, Harold did custom threshing in North Dakota and South Dakota for a few years until he began driving truck for Frank Willer out of Sioux Falls, S.D. It was during this time he met his future wife, Helen Engesmoe. They were united in marriage Sept. 9, 1950, in Hendricks, Minn. The couple farmed for many years near Akron. In September of 1990, they retired and moved to Akron.
Following his retirement, Harold's passion for '37 Ford trucks continued. With his mechanical ability, he was able to restore them and rebuild any flat head Ford motor he could find.
Harold was a member of New Horizons United Church of Christ in Akron.
During his farming years, he was a member of Farm Bureau. He enjoyed bowling and fishing.
But most of all, he loved the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife of more than 58 years, Helen of Akron; four children: Dianna Ellerbroek and her husband Mark of Ely, Minn., Larry Moffatt and his wife Diane of Akron, Karen Joslin and her husband Ron of Fordyce, Neb., and Gary Moffatt and his wife Toshia of Hawarden; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother: Frank Moffatt and his wife Kay of Sioux City; a sister: Lucille Harkness and her husband Everett of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and his wife: Allen and Viola Moffatt; and a great-granddaughter,Brittany Joslin Sept. 16, 2004.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron. Pastor Steve Jewett of New Horizons United Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. today (Tuesday), with the family present after 6 p.m., all at Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron.
Casket bearers will be his grandsons. Honorary casket bearers will be granddaughters.
Memorials can be made in Harold's name to Hospice of Siouxland.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.