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Harold W. Easterday – Obituary

Name: Harold W. Easterday

Age: 94

Born: 05-16-1927

Died: 09-05-2021

Grace United Methodist Church, Paynesville, Minnesota

Grace United Methodist Church, Paynesville, Minnesota

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021 at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville for Harold W. Easterday, 94, of Paynesville.  Harold passed away peacefully on September 5th at Assumption Home in Cold Spring.  Reverend Bob Kandels will preside.  Burial will take place in the Burr Oak Cemetery, Union Grove Township, Meeker County.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Monday, September 13.
Harold was born May 16, 1927 in Nobles County, MN, the son of the late Amos and Verna (Pratt) Easterday. He attended high school at Brewster and graduated from Heron Lake in 1945. After high school, he proudly served in the US Navy during WWII.   He served aboard the USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5). Harold attended Miller Vocational School in Minneapolis where he studied tailoring and designing. He married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Fodness on August 9, 1948.  They were proud parents of their daughter Sue, whom they adopted at 4 ½ months old on July 12, 1955, and their son David whom they adopted at 16 months old on July 3, 1957. Harold was employed by Ehlers Department Store in Redwood Falls.  From there he moved into a partnership at Wingates in Olivia from 1955-1967.   In 1968, he purchased Bostad-Shade Clothing Store in Paynesville and renamed it Easterday's which he successfully operated until his retirement in 1990. Harold was an active member of Grace United Methodist serving in many positions.  He was a past president of C&C in Paynesville, past member of the Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of the American Legion.
Harold had a generous heart and enjoyed doing things for others. He was also very proficient in his sales program, his tailoring, making stained glass, whittling and doing antique furniture restoration.  Working was never a chore for him and Harold put many hours into building up Easterday’s Department Store.  He treasured all of his employees and customers for their loyalty. 
He loved the Paynesville area and lived on Lake Koronis for 32 years.  He enjoyed fishing, golf, family, friends and hunting.  His favorite hobby was collecting and selling old cars, mostly Thunderbirds and Mustangs, which he owned up until his passing.
Left to mourn his absence: daughter Sue and Dick Putzke of Paynesville, son David of Paynesville, grandsons Cory Deadrick and Brad Putzke, great granddaughters Nicole and Samantha Deadrick. 
He is preceded in death by his wife, Marge in 2018; granddaughter Melissa Deadrick; five brothers and one sister.
Memorials are preferred to U Zone at Grace United Methodist Church.

Guestbook for Harold W. Easterday

Pete D. Fisk
, friend
September 19, 2021, 8:02 pm
Rest in peace Harold. May God bless the many memories.
Connie Wimmer
, friend
September 9, 2021, 7:24 pm
The passage from Matthew 25 comes to mind when I think of Harold..."Well done, good and faithful servant". Rest in peace, Harold.
Ginny Olmscheid
, friend
September 9, 2021, 4:33 pm
I had the pleasure to work on some printing of scenery photos for Harold at The Camera Shop. He was a delightful man to work with and know. He will be remembered as a wonderful, creative and pleasant man.
Janet Philabaum-Ehrlichman
, My 1st boss
September 8, 2021, 11:50 pm
What a wonderful man. He gave me my first job at his store. Harold believed in me and taught me a lot. Still chatted with him once in a while. RIP dear friiend.
Ric Koehn
, Former Pastor
September 8, 2021, 4:07 pm
Harold was always great to work with in matters of the church. He loved Grace and was always involved, asking questions, giving opinions/suggestions. I couldn't have asked for a more faithful member to share in the work of God's Kingdom here on earth. And now he receives his eternal reward.
Laurie Moser
, Friend
September 8, 2021, 2:10 am
Sue, my sympathies to you and your family. I always enjoyed visiting with your dad and have fond memories of him.

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