Melvin Harnisch, age 90, of Wall, S.D., died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Melvin William Harnisch was born March 26, 1921, on the family farm near Clayton, S.D., in Hutchinson County, the son of William John and Emma J. (Werning) Harnisch.
Melvin was baptized into the Christian faith on April 24, 1921, by Pastor F. Freeze at Clayton, and confirmed on May 27, 1934, by Pastor A.W. Kraft. He remained a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church his entire life, and served several positions for the church.
Melvin attended school at Clayton until he moved to the farm north of Wall in March 1929. He received his education at the Lake Hill School in that area. Melvin served numerous positions on the Lake Hill Township Board for many years.
Melvin operated the family farm until he retired and they moved to Wall in 1993, where he has resided until he was called home.
Left to cherish his memory are five sisters, Wilma Harnisch of Wall, Mildred Harnisch of Wall, Margaret Buckles of Eugene, Ore., Helen Slovek of Wall, and Esther Hoefs and her husband, Elry, of Rapid City; a sister-in-law, Yvonne Harnisch of Fridley, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Chet Clair of Clinton, Wash.; five nephews, six nieces, numerous great and great-great-nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mathilda Campbell and Alice Clair; and a brother, Lenard Harnisch.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 11, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, with Pastor Curtis Garland officiating.
Music was provided by Mary Kay Wilson, organist, Elvera Moos, vocalist, and the First Lutheran Church Choir.
Pallbearers were Dan Dartt, Daryl Dartt, Craig Deal, Bill Slovek, William Harnisch, Eric Harnisch, Alan Buckles and Tyrone Moos.
Interment was at the Wall Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com