Harry H. Jepsen, age 93 of Flandreau, passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in McAllen, Texas, from complications of the COVID-19 virus.
Harry Henry was born May 31, 1927, to Harry T. and Anna (Vockrodt) Jepsen in Alliance Township, Moody County. In 1931, the family moved to an acreage southwest of Pipestone, MN. He attended District 22 Country School and graduated from Pipestone High School in 1945. Harry joined the U.S. Navy and was sent to San Diego. He was assigned to the USS Prairie DD870, a destroyer repair ship, where he was a water distiller operator. He was stationed in China before he was discharged in 1948.
He returned to the Pipestone area and worked on the farm with his dad and helped neighbor farmers.
He met and later married Lavonne Niemann on Sept. 25, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jasper, Minnesota.
The couple lived on a rented farm near the Jasper/Ihlen area, before purchasing a farm five miles east of Flandreau. They farmed there for 30 years before moving into Flandreau in 1991.
Harry and Lavonne wintered in the “Valley” area of South Texas for 42 years.
He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Moody Post 3351 of the VFW, Kelley-Porter American Legion Post 70, Honor Guard and a former member of the Farmers Union.
Survivors include his wife of 71-½ years: Lavonne; five children and their spouses: Carolyn (Dale) Johnson, Flandreau; Jo (Tom) Landis, Garretson; Jim (Susan) Jepsen, Flandreau; Mary Lynn (Mike) Headrick, Flandreau and Lisa (Merlin) Knutson, Sioux Falls; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Delilah Davis of Brookings, SD Joyce (Jim) Furubotten of Pasco, WA and Jackie (Gordy) Davis of Bovey, MN; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three grandchildren, his brother Bobby, his sisters, Dorothy McRae and Betty Erickson; and many other relatives and friends
Visitation will be held at Skroch Funeral Chapel in Flandreau on Friday, May 7 from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Prayer Service.
His funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 8 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 508 W. 1st Ave., Flandreau. Burial with military honors at Union Cemetery, Flandreau, will follow.