The Celebration of Life Services for Harold Sand, 89, were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in rural Audubon.
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Harold Sand was born June 28, 1925, to Danish immigrants Anders and Petrea (Pedersen) Sand in Audubon, and died on Sept. 11, 2014, at his home in rural Audubon. Harold was baptized at the Hamlin Lutheran Church in Hamlin. He attended country school at Mt. Zion School, rural Poplar, through the eighth grade. His father died of cancer in 1943, leaving much of the farming responsibility to Harold and his siblings. Throughout his life, he was an avid reader and was self-taught in many disciplines.
Harold was united in marriage with Mary Lorraine Jensen on Dec. 25, 1950, at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in rural Audubon. They made their home for a few years in Audubon and Kimballton, where Harold worked at the Audubon Produce as a mechanic. During the summers, he followed the wheat harvest from Oklahoma to the Dakotas and Montana. In the 1954, they began farming, first as a tenant farmer and after a few years, they purchased a farm west of Audubon. Harold lived on this farm until his death.
Harold was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, having served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was inducted on March 17, 1944, and was sent to the Naval training station in Farragut, Idaho. He was honorably discharged on April 22, 1946. He served as a ship's gunner for two years, taking part in the Saipan offensive. His automobiles proudly displayed the license plate "USN WWII" for many years. He was often seen wearing his WWII USN hat and was repeatedly stopped by strangers who thanked him for his service to our country. He participated in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2008. Over the past several years, he had a chance to retrace his life in the Navy, including trips to Farragut, Idaho; Pearl Harbor; and Japan. In November 2013, he was featured in the Veteran's Day article of Iowa Farmer Today as a veteran of World War II who still lived on an Iowa farm.
Harold and Mary were members of the Ebenezer Lutheran Church west of Audubon. In his later years, Harold began collecting guns and coins and started building a 1947 Stinson Voyageur airplane from scratch with all original parts. Harold and Mary purchased a motor home and traveled to air shows and gun shows throughout the United States in pursuit of his hobby. He enjoyed numerous travels with niece Jennifer Jensen who was like a daughter to him. He also enjoyed family gatherings and visiting with his children and grandchildren. The family fondly remembers spirited games of Pinochle around his dining room table, while others listened to his tall tales.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his wife Mary Sand were his parents; his brothers and sisters Mildred and husband Donald Sullivan; Ejnar and wife LaDonna Sand; Evald Sand; and infant Harald Sand; his brothers and sister-in-law: Leo C. and wife Audrey Jensen; Wayne E. Jensen; Willis O. Jensen; Charles Henderson, Richard Crandall, and Joseph Cervery; his nieces: Karen Jensen Nelson and Pamela Jensen Schiltz.
Survivors include his daughters: Cindia Lea and husband Dr. Frederick Baltz of Galena, Ill., and Bonnie Jo and husband Dr. Richard Whittier of Lincoln, Neb.; his grandchildren: Emily and husband Dr. James Gephart and their daughters Cora, Colistar, and Cosette of Roscoe, Minn.; Warren and wife Marcy Baltz and their children Noah, Levi, and Wyatt of Cedar Falls; Elliot and Ethan Baltz of Galena; Jason and wife Erica Whittier their children Mary and George of Blair, Neb.; Dane Whittier of Lincoln, Neb; Petrea Whittier of East Rutherford, N.J.; his brothers and sisters Ruth Crandall of Manning; Leroy and wife Nancy Sand of Kimballton; Elsie Cerveny of LaVista, Neb.; Eleanor and Wayne Magnuson of Omaha, Neb.; Esther Henderson of Carroll; Kenneth and wife Carolyn Sand of Prairie du Chien, Wisc.; Betty and Wayne Horton of LeMars; his cousin Harry Sand of Panora, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorials are preferred to the Ebenezer Lutheran Church (Audubon, Iowa) or Wounded Warrior Project®.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26, 2014