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Harold Kleinschmit

Harold Kleinschmit, age 83 of Wall, SD, died November 2, 2008, at the Hospice House in Rapid City.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Military graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 7, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Harold Jacob Kleinschmit was born June 18, 1925, on a farm near Dallas, SD, the son of Henry and Mary (Kast) Kleinschmit. He grew up and received his education at the Meadowbrook Rural School in that area. After his education, he remained on the farm helping his father.

At the age of 18, he entered the U.S. Army on August 26, 1944. He served in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star. After his honorable discharge on July 9, 1946, Harold returned to the farm.

Harold married his country sweetheart, Lillian Vrzal, on September 17, 1946, in Paxton, SD. After their marriage they remained on the farm until December, when they moved to Oregon, where Harold worked at a flax plant in Mt. Angel.

After his father's death, they moved to Wall, SD, where he worked construction with his brother, Frank. After nearly six years, Harold and Lillian moved back to the Dallas area to help Lillian's father on their farm. After three years on the farm, they returned to Wall and once again joined his brother in the heavy construction business.

After retiring from construction, they moved to the Wall Motel where Harold was the maintenance man for a number of years. In November 2007, they moved into Prairie Village where they have since resided.

Harold was a member of the Carroll-McDonald American Legion Post #246 of Wall, and the FJ Willuweit VFW Post #9120 of Quinn. In addition to his family, he enjoyed spending time woodworking, model airplanes and Model T's.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Kleinschmit of Wall; three daughters, Peggy Aby and her husband, Don, of Wall, Linda Freeman and her husband, Tom, of Rapid City, and Karen Nissel and her husband, Walter, of Walnut Grove, MN; one son, Kevin Kleinschmit and his wife, Sarah, of Jefferson City, MO; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ralph Kleinschmit of Mt. Angel, OR; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Pete, Paul, Joe, Frank, and Lawrence Kleinschmit; and three sisters, Rosina Bunker, Lizzy Messman, and Lucy Brotsky.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

Online guestbook availabe at www.rushfuneralhome.com