Harold Bertrand

Harold Bertrand FLOYDADA-Harold Bertrand, 87, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Floydada with Pastor Tim Franks and Dr. Derrell Monday officiating. Burial will follow in Lakview Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Floydada. Harold was born on April 7, 1925, in Clifton, Texas, to Paul Felix Bertrand and Hallie Oswald Bertrand. He moved with his family to the Floydada farming community when he was eight years old, graduating from Floydada High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II from Nov. 18, 1943, to May 25, 1946, in the Pacific Arena, including the battle of Iwo Jima. Harold married Laurita Mae Stambaugh on June 12, 1947, near Kress, where they farmed about three years. They returned to Floydada to farm in the Lakeview community, where they raised their three daughters. Harold served on several local community and area boards. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church for over 50 years. Harold and Laurita eventually retired on the same farm in Lakeview Community. Mrs. Bertand passed away on March 17, 2012. Survivors include his three daughters and their spouses, Donna and Bob Robillard of Lawton, Okla., Janna and Dr. Derrell Monday of Vernon, and Kim and Dean Hinton of Wichita Falls. Additional survivors are six grandchildren, Lychelle McIlroy and husband Don of Iowa Park, Jason Garrett and wife Caity of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kathy Flack and husband Mark of Midland City, Ala., Emily Smedley and husband Michael of Fredericksburg, Kyle Hinton and wife Autumne of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Brad Hinton of Colorado Springs, Colo. He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, Conner, Samuel and Cassidy McIlroy, Kennedy, Tucker and Addison Garrett, Tyler, Callie and Rylee Smedley, and Dacee and Ryen Flack. Other family members surviving him include two sisters-in-law, Faye Bertrand and Helen Bertrand; a brother-in-law, Harvel Roy Stambaugh of Cross Plains; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his brothers, Oliver Neal Bertrand and William Fredrick Bertrand; and his sister, Gladys Alene Widener. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Floydada or to the Senior Citizens Center in Floydada.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Feb. 6, 2013