Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rest in Peace, Uncle Al

Alvin P. Harm, age 84 of Yankton passed away on Friday, November 7, 2008 at the Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton, SD. A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton with Rev. Bob Lacey officiating.

Burial of cremated remains will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery with military graveside rites by Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post #791. Visitations will be held from 4-8 PM, Monday, November 10, 2008 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton with a 7:00 scripture service followed by a rosary. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Alvin P. Harm was born on March 28, 1924 in Pierson, Iowa, the son of Julius and Daisy (Baker) Harm. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1941. He served in the U. S. Navy from March 21, 1944 to May 6, 1946 aboard the U.S.S. Massachusetts in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Following his discharge, he was employed at the Cudahy Packing Company in Sioux City, IA, and in 1955, he began his employment with Sioux Radio Products in Sioux City, IA.

He married Claris "Jeff" Luken at Canton, SD on January 7, 1956. In 1957, when Sioux Radio Products relocated to Yankton, SD, Al moved with it. Sioux Radio Products merged with Dale Electronics in 1961 and he continued working there until 1968. Following that, he was employed at Zenith Radio Corp. in Sioux City, IA until 1978, then with Sioux Tools in Vermillion, SD until 1987 and retirement. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

He is survived by his wife, Claris "Jeff" Harm of Yankton, SD; his son, Kevin Harm of Columbus, NE; his daughter, Laurie (Michael) Johnson of Yankton, SD; four grandchildren: Cory and Cassandra Harm of Wayne, NE and Justin Johnson of St. Paul, MN and Alli Johnson of Yankton, SD; a sister, Doris Hendricks of Sloan, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Clark ( Florence) Carnes, of Holstein, IA, Bob (Ruth) Luken of Roseville, MN, and Ruth Schwarz of Holstein, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Bethyl Culler, a brother, Richard Harm, and brother-in-law, John Hendricks.


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