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Harley Mantz, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died May 17, 2013, at Covington Heights. He was 85.
Harley was born January 19, 1928, at Marengo, Iowa, to Fred and Rosa (Neumann) Mantz. Following his graduation from Marengo High School, Harley joined the US Navy, serving during WWII. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy in December 1947, Harley returned to Iowa and began working at Nash-Finch as a salesman and a food buyer.
Harley was united in marriage to Helen Handley on July 2, 1949, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, IA. Harley's career took the family to several communities in the Midwest. In 1970, they moved to Sioux Falls where Harley worked as head-buyer for Nash-Finch. He retired in 1990. Helen passed away on March 27, 2012.
Harley was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and served as a Stephen Minister.
Following his retirement, Harley and Helen took several tours throughout the United States, and particularly enjoyed their trip to Europe. In his free time, Harley enjoyed golfing, woodworking, yard work, and watching the Sioux Falls Sky Force. He treasured his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared his life are his sons, Dennis Mantz (Sue), Sioux Falls, SD, Donald Mantz (Janelle), Omaha, NE; daughters, Sheryl Mortweet (BJ), Boulder City, NV, Diane Swenson, Sioux Falls, SD; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Russel Mantz (JoAnn), Omaha, NE. In addition to his wife, Helen, he was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Douglas; two sisters; and son-in-law, Scott Swenson.
Visitation begins at noon, Monday, with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 Monday evening at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue. Memorial Services will begin at 1:00 Tuesday at the Inn on Westport, 4000 South Westport Avenue, following a private interment at Hills of Rest.
Miller Funeral Home
507 South Main Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Published in The Argus Leader on May 18, 2013