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Harold Sherbrooke Sr

May 10, 1926 — May 17, 2014

Harold Sherbrooke, at the age of 88, passed away at his home in Pelican Rapids on May 17, 2014. Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 21, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service.Harold was born May 10, 1926, to George and Hannah Sherbrooke in Pelican Rapids, the fourth of seven children. He attended school in Pelican Rapids, graduating from Pelican Rapids High School. From 1944 to 1946 Harold served in the United States Army, serving as tank commander in Central Europe. He fought in three campaigns-- the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge, earning 3 battle stars), Central Europe, and the Rhineland. After the war, Harold returned to Pelican Rapids; he married Astrid Rostad, and they raised four children. Harold worked for forty-two years as a butter maker, in management, and as field representative for the Pelican Rapids Co-op Creamery, Audubon Creamery, and AMPI, retiring in 1989. He was well respected in the creamery business and won many awards as a champion dairy person. Pelican Rapids was "home" to Harold. He cared deeply about the community and its residents. He was instrumental in the development of the river park and was always proud of his Pelican Rapids roots. Sitting on his deck was an open window to the "comings and goings" of Pelican Rapidsthis community to which he was endeared. An avid reader of World War II history, Harold became a World War II historian himself and loved to engage in dialogue about those early days of his life. He maintained contact with army buddies through the years and remained in contact with Tom Estridge to the end. Harold also collected model cars and particularly enjoyed the classics from his era.Harold had a passion for helping othersputting up wood, moving, and giving advice. His generosity was apparent to all who knew him. He always paid his own way and helped those who could not. He willingly drove others to hospital appointments, but when he need help, his independent nature made it difficult for him to accept help. Harold enjoyed spending time with his son, Harold Jr., and wife, Linda, in Walkerfishing their small lake and working on their wood pile. He also thoroughly enjoyed his times in Pelican Rapids and Thief River Falls with his special friend of 24 years, Ardith Kloth, whom he respected and loved dearly. Harold may be well remembered by family, friends, and acquaintances for his unique and quick wit. Relationships were important to him; his time with family and friends was treasured. Over the years, numerous barbecues with his brothers and sisters can be recalled as well as hosting dinner and/or coffee times with friends. His legacy to his children includes the value of hard work, respect, discipline, and honesty. He also believed his responsibility included taking care of himself with his own means. He did not seek attention or approval from society and lived his life as a fiercely independent individual. He saw no conflict with his independent thinking and his belief in God. Harold was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the 2nd Cavalry Association, and the V.F.W. Post #5252 in Pelican Rapids. Harold is survived by special friend, Ardith Kloth, four children, Harold (Linda) Sherbrooke, Carolyne (Jim) New, Georgine (Michael) Peterson, Pam (Dave) Nustad, four grandchildren, Chad and Matt Nustad, Angie Horner, Hannah Popham, and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 sisters, Ardis Ottoson of Pelican Rapids, Harriet Nelson of Fergus Fall, sister-in-law, Ellen Sherbrooke of Pelican Rapids, and numerous nieces and nephew.He is preceded in death by brothers, Oren and Ervin Sherbrooke, sisters, Hazel Stensgard and Millie Stein, and infant son, Cal Allen.Memorials may be made to Lakeland Hospice. Funeral Home:Larson Funeral Home304 3rd Street S.E.Pelican Rapids, MNUS 56572
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