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Harold Auch

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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.

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Was sorry to hear about the lose of Harold. I always enjoyed him on the golf coarse. He will definitely be missed.

dale luikens Mar 10 2017 7:36 PM

To the family of Harold Auch, I was deeply saddened learning of Harold's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Harold was one of those special people who brought happiness, laughter, and smiles in the lives of others. My husband and I were one of those and sharing many good times with Harold and Irene. May the love of God give you peace. Sincere sympathy, Irma Shelley Anaheim, CA (Dale Shelley 02-06-2013)

Irma Mar 9 2017 4:14 AM

So sorry for your loss. Our dancing friends keep leaving us. Sorry have to be out of town on Thursday.

Stan and Judy Thompson Mar 8 2017 11:13 PM

We laugh and tell stories of Harold and Irene's visits to South Bend and Indianapolis, and all of our family visits to their farm. Summer ballgames, horseshoes, and milking tied us to South Dakota with memories of Uncle Harold always in the happy middle moving at the speed of light!

Mark and Val Smiley Mar 8 2017 8:19 PM

We are so sorry to hear the loss of Harold. He was such a great guy and always had a joke or two and was such an upbeat kind of guy.. RIP Harold...

Joe and Jane Sedlacek Mar 8 2017 7:59 PM

You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of great sadness. We have such fond memories of Harold. We'll miss him.

Bert And Lise Roy Mar 8 2017 4:03 PM

Dear Auch family, I am so sorry about Harold's passing. There are so many memories to cherish. The one that always comes to mind first is when Harold and Irene and of course the boys would come over and you adults would play cards and us kids would ride horses. I was so glad that Debbie and I were able to give him the Gall sister hug just a few weeks ago. Harold always had a smile and a hug for us. I will keep you all in my prayers and remember Harold is always with us in our hearts. Cindy Gall Nichols

Cindy Gall Nichols Mar 8 2017 3:54 PM

Our deepest sympathy to Auntie, Mike, Dwight, Dale and their families. Uncle Harold was 'one in a million' and we'll miss him terribly. He was deeply loved and very important in our lives. Sad to have him leave us though we know he's in a better place.

Mike and Carla Clifford Mar 8 2017 5:35 AM

Irene and family, So sorry to hear of Harold's passing. He was quite the character who had a smile for everyone. He will be missed by many. Cindy Grohs

Cindy Grohs Mar 7 2017 1:21 AM

So sorry to hear about this. Our sympathy goes out to you and your family

DeLano and Marcia Preszler Mar 6 2017 10:23 PM