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May 24, 1945 – Sunday, May 22, 2011

Service Information
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN
Saturday, May 28, 2011
11:00 AM

Visitation Information

James (Jimmy) Lester Harmening passed away peacefully, at his home in Orrock, Minnesota on Sunday, May 22nd after battling cancer.

He was born May 24, 1945 to Lester and Dorothy (Brown) Harmening in New Ulm, Minnesota; was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He grew up on a farm west of Klossner, MN and was active in 4H and FFA. He earned many participation awards. He attended New Ulm High School.

Jimmy served in the US Navy from 1963-1966 on a supply ship during the early years of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Lake Mary VFW Post 9232 in Winsted, MN and held several different positions. Jimmy worked most of his life in factories and in construction.

He has lived in St. Paul, International Falls, Winsted, Howard Lake, and the past several years in Orrock, which is near Big Lake, MN.
Jimmy loved fishing and hunting, old-time country music, and he was a fan of the Vikings, Twins and NASCAR racing.

His marriage to Audrey Braulick brought forth four daughters; Tammy (Scott) Riley of Intl Falls, Tracey Nelson of Intl Falls, Debra (Chris) Lepper of Somerset Wi, and Rebecca (Barrett) Olson of Intl Falls. Jim has seven grandchildren; Derek and Nicholas Riley, Shelby Harmening (whose birthday is also May 24th), Emma and Peter Lepper and Parker and Emmitt Olson.

He is lovingly remembered by partner Jan King and her family, brother John (Susan) Harmening of Brainerd and sisters Jeanne (Jim) Albrecht of New Ulm, Janice (John) Snyder of Savage and Julie (Carl) Sarff of Chaska, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

James is preceded in death by his father Lester Harmening and mother Dorothy Schugel.

Memorial services for James Harmening will be held Saturday May 28, 2010 at 11 AM at Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN

Visitation will be held from 10 AM until the time of the services on Saturday.

Inurnment will be held New Ulm Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

The Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN is proud to have served the family.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Susan G. Sandberg

    I am glad we had Saturday remembering all the old cars, etc. I will miss your fish-fry batter – no one I know does it better and of course the cookies! I added you to my lighthouse angels and the glow seems a bit brighter!! God rest you well, Jimmy!

  2. Tom and Judy Strandmark

    We love and pray for Jimmy’s family in this time of loss and grief. Jim was the best friend we ever had or will ever have. We will miss his warm chats and his masterful card game skills. We will remember his wonderful stories of his youth near New Ulm and his chickens sleeping under the arc light down at the corner. And just everything. We will keep him in our hearts always. Rest in peace, dear friend.

  3. Sandy Reiter

    I will miss you, Uncle Jimmy.
    Love, Tooper

  4. Debra Harmening-Ingram

    RIP Jimmy, you’re in a better place. You get to see mom and dad again. I know the girls will miss you as much as you miss them, but you’re in control now. Show them how much you LOVED them all. YOU WILL BE MISSED. XXOO

  5. Geoffrey Ford

    I am so sorry for your loss. May “the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our loved ones will be remembered and brought back to life in the resurrection. Please allow God’s Word to strengthen you and help you to endure this most difficult time.


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