8/15/1934 - 11/30/2009 Harold was born in Cumberland, WI. He attended public schools and farmed with his father. At the age of 16, he took a construction job in Alaska. He moved to Texas a year later, and worked on the oil rigs until joining the U.S. Army at age 19. After three years of service, he returned to Minnesota. Harold was working as a security guard when he met Tinker (Shirley's dog), who introduced Harold to Ellen Espersen, her mother, who then introduced Harold to her daughter, Shirley. On June 13, 1959, Shirley and Harold were married. Harold spent his working life as a union member and leader, starting as a truck driver for Admiral Merchant in 1960. He began working as Director for Teamsters D.R.I.V.E. in 1965. In 1967 he was elected Recording Secretary for Teamsters Local #120. Harold became the Vice President for Local #120 in 1970 and then President in 1972. He was re-elected several times until his retirement. Harold served as a Teamsters International Representative and President of Teamsters MN Joint Council 32. Harold retired in 1998. Harold was an exceptionally caring and considerate man. Family and friends were everything to him and he always considered the well-being of others as his top priority. His memory for names was legendary. Harold had a gift for making others feel important and valued. He will be sorely missed. Preceded in death by parents, Nunzio & Mary (DeGidio); brothers, Jack (Georgia), Alfred (Lucille), Edward (Peggy), Phillip (Joan); sisters, Theresa (Harold) Forsblad, Phyllis (Archie) Vohnoutka. Survived by wife, Shirley (Espersen); son, Jim & his partner Jeff Sandbeck; grandsons, Micah, Aaron and Joshua; brothers, Michael and Robert (Judy) Yates; sisters, Lena and Mary Ann Yates; daughter-in-law, Annie Walton and many nieces & nephews. Visitation at the WULFF WOODBURY FUNERAL HOME, 2195 Woodlane Drive on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 from 4-9 PM. Mass of Christion Burial at TRANSFIGURATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 6133 15th St. N., Oakdale on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 at 10 AM. Visitation at the church one hour prior to Mass. Interment Union Cemetery, Maplewood, MN. Memorials preferred. WULFF WOODBURY 651-738-9615
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Published by Pioneer Press on Dec. 2, 2009.