Darvin M. Harth

Monday, November 22, 2010

Darvin M. Harth, age 83, of Alta, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Society of Newell. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Alta with the Rev. Craig A Cummins officiating. Burial will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery of Alta with full military honors conducted by the VFW Post #6172 of Alta. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

Darvin Meseck Harth was born on June 16, 1927 in Storm Lake, to Alfred and Marie (Meseck) Harth. He was baptized on July 17, 1927 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. He was confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Taunton, Min. on May 17, 1942.

After high school, Darvin worked on a farm in Minnesota until he was called into military service on Nov. 30, 1950 at Fort Snelling, Minn. He served in the Korean War in Seoul, Korea from May 1, 1951 to April 1, 1952 with the 24th Army Division. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 30, 1952 at Fort Sheridan, Ill. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #6172 in Alta.

On Dec. 7, 1952 he was united in marriage to Loraine Gerke of Newell at Zion Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Janelle and Jerri. He worked on a farm west of Albert City, for two years and then moved with his family to Alta in September of 1954 and worked construction until his father was killed in a car accident. He took over his father's shoe repair business and moved it to Alta where he and his wife had the Alta Shoe Shop until they retired and sold the business.

Darvin enjoyed all sports, especially fishing and made many fishing trips to Minnesota and one to Canada. He liked to watch his grandsons play sports and spent many days helping build the baseball, softball and concession stand complex in Alta.

After moving to Alta in September 1954, the family joined St. Paul Lutheran Church. During his membership he held many offices and belonged to the LLL Men's Clubs and enjoyed playing with the men's dartball team.

Darvin moved to the Newell Good Samaritan Society on May 5, 2006 after learning that he had Alzheimer's disease.

Darvin is survived by his wife of 57 years, Loraine of Alta; two daughters, Janelle (Rick) Hopkins of Kansas City, Mo., and Jerri (Russell) Boyle of Alta; two grandsons, Adam (Melissa) Harth of Alta, Brian Hopkins of Kansas City, Mo.; two step-children, Joni Graves of Casselton, N.D. and John Boyle of Casselton, N.D.; three great-grandsons, Austin and Skyler Harth of Alta and Loggan Norwood of Storm Lake; three step great-granddaughters, Katlyn, Navaeh and Micah of Casselton, N.D.; a sister in law, Neoma Bartles of Storm Lake, and sister and borther in law, Lorna and Willis Lussman of Storm Lake.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Marie Harth; his parents in law, Henry and Irene Gerke; his brother in law, Eldo Bartels; and step-granddaughter, Jennifer Boyle.