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Harrison K Huwaldt

November 12, 1915 June 23, 2018
Harrison K Huwaldt
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Harrison Kerley Huwaldt, age 102 of Randolph, died Saturday June 23, 2018 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday July 5, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. St. John’s Lutheran Church in Randolph, NE by Reverend Judy Carlson, Pastor of United Methodist Church, Randolph, Nebraska; St. John’s Lutheran Church, Parish Ministry Associate Richard Bloomquist; Interment at Randolph Cemetery in Randolph, NE; Visitation will be from 4 - 7 P.M. Wednesday July 4, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Home – Randolph.

Harry was born November 12, 1915 in Cedar County, Nebraska near Randolph the son of August, Jr. and Sophia (Volk) Huwaldt. He grew up on a Nebraska farm and went to school in a one room school house, graduated at 16 from Randolph High School in 1932 and started his own business at 19 years of age.

Harry and Varedo A. Raubach started their love story following a blind date arranged by friends on September 13, 1935. They hit if off from the start. Before long he proposed on a hill outside of Norfolk. They were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierce on June 21, 1936.

Ever since getting married they have lived in Randolph. Harry operated a trucking business which took him to Omaha, Fremont, Chicago and Colorado. They opened a Phillips 66 gas station and also owned three cabins nearby.

During the few hours he wasn’t working Harry was usually seen on the water fishing. Short trips were to Gavins Point Dam effluent waters. But his real love was fishing for walleye in the lakes of Minnesota. Such was his passion and skill that he became a legend at walleye fishing.

In 1963 the couple built a new home in Randolph, sold the filling station and retired for the first time. That didn’t last long with Harry and a partner buying the Chevrolet dealership in Randolph. Following that he worked as a bookkeeper. Upon his final retirement Harry and Varedo spent a great deal of time traveling. They have been on several cruises and have golfed all over the U.S.. The couple has traveled to all 50 states as well as Mexico and Canada.

Harry took up golf when he was 60 and made it his passion. His first hole-in-one at age 93 was his dream come true. For exercise Harry took up running at age 70. Harry had to stop running because of a bad back so he took up bicycling at age 80. He did crossword puzzles every day without fail. He had a keen interest and participation in local government.

Varedo had been a resident at Colonial Manor in Randolph for four years before passing away in January 2018. Harry regularly visited her twice every day where they had meals together. Losing her was more than he could overcome.

Harry and Varedo have been supporters of the community. Harry served on the St. John’s Lutheran Church council. He also served two terms on the city council over 50 years. Harry organized funding for establishment of the local nursing home in the 1970’s and was instrumental in creation of the community golf course. He said Randolph needed a destination place for the town to grow. A “pillar of the community” he was always concerned about and involved in the welfare of the town of Randolph. Because his role in establishing the golf course, an annual tournament, the Harry Huwaldt Invitational, is held in his name.

He said what kept him going was staying active, continual physical and mental activity, and an ever present interest in the world around him. When his wife suffered a stroke 23 years ago he became her caregiver and took on all of the household duties. Harry was at her side for years. They celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary in June 2017.

The Huwaldt’s roots are buried deep in Pierce County but the branches are widespread. Harry and Varedo have been blessed to have had the time to see those branches spread and grow strong, a testament to the power of love.

Surviving Harry are 3 children: Sharon and Charlie Feinstein of Monroe Township, NJ; Michael and Kathy Huwaldt of Wheat Ridge, CO; Sue and Ed Ubben of Lincoln; 6 Grandchildren: Natalie Feinstein of Chatham, NJ; Stephen and Stephanie Feinstein of Chappaqua, NY; Kristin and Casey Kotera of Colorado Springs, CO; Jared and Fabiana Ubben of Las Vegas, NV; Kelley Huwaldt of Wheat Ridge, CO; Kyle Huwaldt of Wheat Ridge, CO; 5 Great Grandchildren: Katie Feinstein, Jack Feinstein, Lauren Cifelli, Thomas Cifelli and Ethan Kotera.

Harry is preceded in death by his wife, Varedo, their first born daughter Rita of SIDS at age 2 months, Harry’s parents and one brother Elmer Huwaldt.

Funeral Services
Funeral Services: St. John’s Lutheran Church – Randolph, NE
Date: Thursday July 5, 2018 – 10:30 A.M.
Interment: Randolph Cemetery – Randolph, NE
Visitation: 4 - 7 P.M. Wednesday July 4, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Home – Randolph
Minister: Reverend Judy Carlson – Pastor United Methodist Church, Randolph, Nebraska; St. John’s Lutheran Church - Parish Ministry Associate Richard Bloomquist
Music: Organist: Marsha Huwaldt; Congregational Singing – “Amazing Grace” “The Old Rugged Cross” “In The Garden”
Pallbearers: “Harry’s Grandchildren” Kristin Kotera, Casey Kotera, Jared Ubben, Fabiana Ubben, Kelley Huwaldt, Kyle Huwaldt, Steve Feinstein, Natalie Feinstein

Call Johnson Funeral Home with questions 402-337-0711.

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4:00 PM 7/4/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/4/2018 7:00:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Home

111 E. Broadway
Randolph, NE 68771

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111 E. Broadway Randolph 68771 NE
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St. John's Lutheran Church - Randolph

310 W. Broadway Street
Randolph, NE 68771

St. John's Lutheran Church - Randolph
310 W. Broadway Street Randolph 68771 NE

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Randolph Cemetery Final Resting Place

86612 559th Avenue
Randolph, NE 68771

86612 559th Avenue Randolph 68771 NE

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