Harold Duane Warner was born in Fenton, Iowa, on Sept. 30, 1923, to Asa and Lena (Nemmers) Warner. He was called home to Jesus on June 2, 2020, at the Stonebridge Suites in Bancroft, Iowa.
Harold was baptized in Fenton and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Ledyard. Upon his marriage, he became a member of Bethany E&R Church. He graduated from Ledyard Consolidated High School in 1941. In March of 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army. During World War II, he drove a half-track towing a 75mm weapon in the European Theater. He was in the 3rd Army, 9th Division, 60th Regiment “Go Devils,” 446th Anti-Tank Company, Battery D (they were attached to General Patton). The battles and campaigns he was involved in were Normandy (Omaha Beach), Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Hürtgen Forest (Germany), and Central Europe. Having received the required points for separation from the Army, he was discharged in October of 1945 (five points were awarded for every campaign you were in). In 2009, he was thrilled to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Harold worked primarily at the Ledyard Lumber Company (under many owners), for the fertilizer plant, and after retirement, many summers for Kossuth County. He could also be seen helping with spring and fall fieldwork during his retirement years.
On Nov. 10, 1951, he married “the prettiest girl I’d ever seen,” Dorothy Klinksiek. In their later years, when Dorothy became frailer, Harold was a devoted caregiver at home and at the nursing home, demonstrating what lifelong marital love is all about. They were life partners for over 62 years until her death in 2014. Harold remained in their home until some health issues required him to enter Accura Healthcare Nursing Home. For the last year and one-half, he resided in the Stone Bridge Assisted Living apartments connected to Accura Healthcare in Bancroft. He maintained an active lifestyle, walking every day until his health no longer allowed him to.
Harold was involved in various church duties including singing in the The Octet and was a charter member of the Matzener-Estle Legion Post #675 (that was 75 years ago). He held several office positions, but his favorite duty was taking the tickets and talking to customers at the annual Legion Chicken supper.
Harold never met a person he couldn’t carry on a conversation with, and if they liked the Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Twins, Bill Elliott or Green Bay Packers, they would talk forever. He loved to play cribbage, and if he could get you to play a game, it would have to be the best two out of three. He was even known to try to teach anyone he could at the nursing home. But his greatest enjoyment were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren (the short people, as he called them). If they were in anything, there was no way you could keep him away. He taught them many of life’s most important lessons and principles to live by.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Sandy Johnson and her husband Bill of Algona and Becky Johnson and her husband Jerry of Bancroft; his four precious grandchildren, Shannon (Dustin) Trunkhill of Algona, Trent (Monica) Johnson of West Des Moines, Jared (Tasha) Johnson of Waukee, and Amy (Joe) Oxenford of West Des Moines; six cherished great-grandchildren, Allison and Katie Trunkhill, Olivia Johnson, Brody Law and Lucas Johnson, and yet-to-be-born August Oxenford; sister-in-law Marion Brandt of Bancroft; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers and their wives, Gerald (Alice), Leonard (Evelyn) and Maynard (Arlene); two nieces, Arla Mae Warner and Glenda Engelkes; mother- and father in-law, August and Alma Klinksiek; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Ervin and Luetta Klinksiek, Lillian and Ted Thilges, Howard and Marian Klinksiek,and Irvin Brandt and Luella Klinksiek.
Funeral services for Harold were Friday, June 5, at the Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard. Interment was in Highland Home Cemetery, Ledyard, with Military Honors Conducted by Matzner-Estle Legion Post #675, Ledyard, and Seely Walsh Post #425, Whittemore. Online condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.