Published: Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Harold Edwin Andresen was born Aug. 6, 1945, in Wolsey, S.D., to John and Dorothea Andresen. He was the third of seven children.
Harold entered the U.S. Army in 1945. He was honorably discharged and awarded the Army of Occupation Medal Germany and the Victory Medal. He then enlisted in the Naval Reserves and was given an Honorable Discharge Certificate in 1952.
He married his “baby,” Leotha Rice, July 15, 1948, in Huron, S.D. They had four children.
Harold was a precision grinder. He was quite a character with many faces that family grew to love and look forward to. He loved to tell jokes, talk about fishing, growing up on the farm, bar room brawls, the love of his life and his kids.
Harold enjoyed playing dice, dominoes and bingo and enjoyed country music, especially Eddy Arnold and Western movies. He enjoyed being sung to and sleeping during church.
Harold was a lifetime member of the VFW in Newcastle, Wyo., and the Wyoming American Legion.
Harold of Custer, S.D., and previously of Newcastle, died March 13, 2013 at Custer Regional Senior Care, surrounded by his niece, Terry (Bill), great-niece Ashley, and longtime friends Willie and Linda. He was 68.
Harold was preceded in death by his brothers, Albert, Clarence, Earl and Richard; his parents; sister, Gladys; his wife of 57 years Leotha; and son John Stephen.
He is survived by one brother, Robert; sons, Harold Jr. and Craig; daughter, LeeAnn; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services were March 19 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Hospice of the Hills, 224 Elk St,. Rapid City, SD, 57701 is suggested.
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