Rev. Ron Shifley
Organist ~ Linda Kronaizl
“How Great Thou Art”
“Old Rugged Cross”
Harold Henry Auch was born on April 26, 1930 to John and Sophie (Orth) Auch on the family farm in rural Lesterville, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed in the Petersberg Rural Church by Lesterville. He attended Odessa #24 country school by Lesterville through the 8th grade at which time he began farming fulltime alongside his father. For a time, he worked at Sears in Yankton. On July 8, 1951, Harold was united in marriage to Elsie “Irene” Christensen at Martinus Lutheran Church in rural Utica. In 1952, shortly after their marriage, they bought their own farm north of Lesterville. Throughout his life, Harold was a very ingenuitive man who excelled at practical and functional solutions, especially for farming. From 1970 to 1973, they owned and operated a meat market grocery store in Scotland. Harold retired from farming in 1972 and went on to enjoy working various jobs throughout the years, such as working for the Menno sale barn and Fair Manufacturing hauling Napa freight. For 11 years, he worked for the State of South Dakota at Lewis & Clark Park & Recreation in Yankton until 1997. Following his retirement and even after selling the farm in 2008 to move to Scotland, Harold continued to keep himself busy by helping local farmers.
Harold was a good-humored, kind-hearted man. He loved his children, doted on his grandchildren, and was always an active presence in their lives. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards with friends, golfing, bowling, baseball, basketball, softball, and simply spending his days alongside Irene. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Scotland and served as an usher for many years.
Harold fell asleep in Jesus on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Majestic Bluffs Avera Hospice House in Yankton having attained the age of 86 years, 10 months, and 7 days.
He is survived and remembered by his beloved wife of 65 years, Irene Auch of Scotland; sons: Michael Auch of Yankton, Dwight (Nancy) Auch of Oceanside, CA, and Dale (Pat) Auch of Magnolia, MN; grandchildren: Malissa (James) Bender, Matthew (Jodie) Auch, Marcus Auch, Steven (Tina) Auch, Shanna (Shan) Shay, and Samantha Auch; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister Iona (Auch) and her husband, Ronald Altnau.
He was preceded into Heaven by his parents, brothers Arnold Auch and Vernon Auch, grandson Paul John Auch, and daughter-in-law Mary Auch.