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Harold A. Saxton 1921-2008

Jul 31, 2008

Funeral service for Harold A. Saxton of Emmetsburg is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. David A. Morris will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday, July 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Saxton died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmets-burg. He was 86.

Harold Alvin Saxton was born Oct. 6, 1921, near Fenton, the son of Paul A. and Florence E. (Hansen) Saxton. He attended country school near Fenton. Harold was inducted into the Army Air Force on Nov. 1, 1942, serving during World War II as an airplane mechanic. He was honorably discharged Feb. 21, 1946.

On Aug. 25, 1948, Harold Saxton and Ellen Gronbeck were married in Dubuque. The couple made their home in Emmetsburg where Harold was employed at Klingaman Seed, delivering feed. He then worked for Larsen’s Produce, driving the egg truck for many years.

Harold was employed by the Palo Alto County Maintenance Department and drove a maintainer until 1973 when health forced him to quit work. Shortly after that he became a dispatcher at the communications center and also served as jailer. Even after Harold retired from this position he continued to serve as custodian, keeping up the grounds until one year ago.

Harold was a very active partner in he and Ellen’s daycare. He loved each and every one of the kids they cared for and always had time to take them outside to play or just to sit quietly in the rocking chair. He was a big part of each of their lives.

Harold was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. He was a 54-year, Charter member of the Emmetsburg Thursday Night Alcoholics Anonymous Group. Harold served as a volunteer fireman for many years and was still active in the retired firemen’s group. He was a member of the American Legion.

Harold took great pride in his home and yard and always made sure the grass and flowers were well cared for. He loved to sit on the deck watching the squirrels that he fed. If he couldn’t be outside he enjoyed watching ball games on television.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen, of Emmetsburg; his children, Larry and Deb Saxton of Emmetsburg, Ronnie and Elaine Saxton of Emmetsburg, Roezanne Saxton of Ankeny, Linda Valdez and her fiancé, Joe Kent, of Ottumwa, and Carol and Duane Looft of Ledyard; 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Mr. Saxton was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Howard, Blaine, Marquis “Pete”, and Gilbert “Gib”, and Gib’s wife, Laurnetta.

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