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Harold Jasken, 74

Harold Joseph Jasken, 74, Alexandria, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, with his wife, children and many of his grandchildren around him.

Harold was born in Ogema on April 2, 1940, to Herman and Iona (Berg) Jasken. He attended school at St. Benedicts Mission School at White Earth, graduated from Waubun High School and from Thief River Falls Technical School. Harold went to work in Fargo for Bell Telephone Company, working at different locations in North Dakota and Minnesota. After 16 years, he left Bell and turned new challenges, building oak furniture, cabinets, houses and trapping.

On September 16, 1960, Harold married Mary Lou Fisher at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Thief River Falls. The couple moved around with Harolds job, raising their family and eventually settling at White Earth Lake, where the children grew up.

Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing, making maple syrup, smoking fish, gardening and golf. Harold enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports.

In 2000, Harold retired from building and the couple moved to the Alexandria area to be nearer their children and grandchildren.

Harold loved his Catholic faith and considered it the most important thing in his life, followed by his family whom he devoted himself to supporting and caring for.

Harold was preceded in death by a son, Michael; his parents, Herman and Iona Jasken; brothers, Virgil, Leonard, Leander and Duane Jasken; sisters, Lavern Metelak and Hazel Hoban.

Harold is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Jasken, Alexandria; his children, Chris Jasken, Detroit Lakes, Jane (Mark) Whalen, Alexandria, Ron (Gail) Jasken, Long Prairie, Julie (Eric) Jensen, Burtrum; 29 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Viv Metelak, Gladys (Don) Lefebvre, Lori (Vince) Paskey and Angie (Chuck) Mann, all of Detroit Lakes; and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family.

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Alexius Church in West Union. Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church that day.

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Arrangements are with Boschert-Norman Funeral Home of Fergus Falls.