He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University until he enlisted in the Army Air Force in December of 1942. Harold rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant while serving as the co-pilot of a B-24 bomber, flying 20 combat missions from Grottaglie Field in Italy, 449th Bomb Group. In 2021 he received his 70 Continuous Years Membership pin from The Fremont American Legion Post 20.
He married Helen Naomi (Krause) Hultquist on April 17, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill. They lived and worked on the farm, while raising four daughters, at Walthill. Harold and Helen retired from the farm in 1985 and moved to Fremont. They helped others in the neighborhood with home repairs and other needs. Harold was an active volunteer with the Low-Income Ministry in Fremont.
Harold spent hours restoring his Model A and his Granddad’s Model T that he and Helen used for local car shows and parades. He won many awards and trophies for his efforts.
He was preceded in death by his sons-in-law: Ron Fritz and Bob Reid, four siblings, his parents, and his wife Helen. He is survived by his four daughters: Roberta Janda (Kevin Leapley) of York NE, Nancy Fritz of Beatrice NE and Barbara Reid of Gardner KS, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at the Metz Chapel in York. Military Graveside services will follow later that same day at 3:00 pm., at the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, NE. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Memorials may be directed to Lyons Cemetery District-attn: Brooks, P.O. Box 9, Lyons, NE 68038