Harlo Dale Handevidt age 89 of Jackson, Minnesota entered into rest on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Visitation will be held for Harlo and Mavis on Monday, December 7, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Jackson, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Matthew Garavalia officiating. Burial to take place immediately following the service at Sunset Memorial Cemetery with Military rites by Jackson American Legion Post #130.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Masks will be required while in the Church with a maximum capacity of 250 people for the service. The funeral service will be live streamed on the Osterberg Funeral Home facebook page.
Harlo Dale Handevidt, son of Andrew and Augusta (Grunst) Handevidt was born on September 3, 1931 at home in Enterprise Township in Jackson County, Minnesota. Harlo passed away on November 29, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 89 years.
Harlo attended schools in and around Jackson and graduated from Jackson High School in 1949. Out of high school Harlo farmed and began his service for our Country as he enrolled in the Army National Guard in 1951. He was stationed at Camp Rucker in Alabama and served under the Battery “C” 125th Field Artillery Battalion.
On July 5, 1953 he married Mavis Christopher and from that union had 4 children: Jeff, Patti, Chris, and Nikki. Harlo farmed for many years and also worked the winter months at Pollard’s in Estherville, Iowa and later at AgChem. Upon his retirement from farming in 1993, Harlow drove truck for AgChem and he also worked at the Osterberg Funeral Home.
For those that knew him, dad was a gentle man but held great convictions from his faith, to helping others, and providing support where he saw the need. He lived to serve others, whether it be giving rides to the disabled or veterans to medical appointments or to giving of himself for his family and friends. Harlo enjoyed all sports but had a passion for baseball. He particularly enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in high school sports. He was a huge supporter of JHS and JCC athletics and it was not uncommon to see him and Mavis at various athletic events throughout the years. Harlo and Mavis were honored for their works at the athletic field with a sign displayed in right field at the baseball field. Harlo was also very supportive of all of his grandchildren in their interests and would attend as many events as possible from dance recitals, marching band performances, and other school events.
Harlo was a long-time member of the Alpha fastpitch team and played in many regional and state tournaments during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Harlo made many acquaintances and friends through his playing days. Up to his final days, he talked of his pinochle buddies at the legion. He so enjoyed those times and those friendships stating, “it’s where I get my jollies”.
Harlo was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and served time as a church council member. Harlo was also an active member of the American Legion and served as Commander of the Jackson Post in 1968. Harlo marched in many parades and served on The Color Guard for many years. It was very important to him that veterans were remembered and honored for their service to our country. One of his proudest moments was the opportunity to be part of the Veterans Day Ceremony at the grade school where grandchildren got to share in part of the ceremony by helping to retire/fold the flag. Photos from those tributes show the pride in his eyes.
Harlo is survived by his wife Mavis of 67 years, son Jeff (Sharon) Handevidt of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, daughter Patti (Don) Wachal of Jackson, Minnesota; son Chris (Tammy) Handevidt of Jackson, Minnesota; a sister Luetta Seim of Minneapolis, Minnesota; 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Harlo is preceded in death by his daughter Nikki, whom he was so looking forward to seeing again, his parents, brother, and two sisters.
Blessed be the memory of Harlo Handevidt.
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