Harold John Wolle Sr., 91, of St. James died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James.
Harold John Wolle, Sr., 91, of St. James, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 16 at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Maggie Cumings and Rev. Robert Stover officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Fieldon, Township, rural Madelia, with military honors provided by the Lewisville American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be Thursday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to services on Friday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Harold was born Dec.8, 1925, on the family farm in Fieldon Township, the son of Carl and Augusta (Mutsch) Wolle. Harold lived on the family farm until moving into St. James in 2008. He married Marian Zoeller on June 18, 1950 and together they raised their family of five children. Harold and Marian enjoyed many winters at their Largo, Fla. home and summers at their Gull Lake cabin near Brainerd. Harold farmed outside Lewisville and was later joined by his son Harold JohnWolle, Jr. and then by his grandson Matthew John Wolle on their 1883 Centuryfarm. Harold served in the Army during WWII from 1943 to 1945. In the 1970s and 1980s, Harold enjoyed selling cars for dealerships in Fairmont and Truman. He and Marian loved playing duplicate bridge together and together earned their Bronze Life Master's. They also enjoyed golf, traveling together, particularly their trip to Europe and South Africa, and took their children to all 48 continental states. Harold's greatest joy in life was his wife, Marian, married together 63 years, their five children, 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, all the in-laws and other family. He loved spending time with each and every one of them. He also considered special friends as family, Jack and Nora, Jack and Tuni, who reside in Florida.
Survivors include his children: Susan and Steve Shankland of Charles City, Iowa, Harold John Jr. and Jane Wolle of Madelia, Barb and Elger Lorenzsonn of Stillwater, Linda Rasmussen of Bemidji, Nancy and Tom Balfanz of St. Cloud; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marian; parents; and son-in-law, David Rasmussen.