Harold W. Fahl, age 83, of Morris, MN, and formerly of Glenwood, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Skyview Assisted Living in Morris, MN. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, December 29th at Nora Lutheran Church in Kensington, with Rev. Krista Lee officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home in Glenwood from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. and resume on Thursday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Nora Lutheran Cemetery following the service. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Harold Walfred Fahl, the son of Walfred and Jennifer (Johanson) Fahl, was born on May 27, 1928 in Benson, Minnesota. He grew up on a farm near Benson and graduated high school in 1945 from the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, Minnesota, where he was Senior Class President. He attended college at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering in 1961.
Harold enlisted in the Army National Guard (3rd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment, 47th Infantry Division) in January 1951 and served in Korea with a heavy mortar company for six months in 1952. He remained in the National Guard until 1957, discharged at the rank of Sergeant First Class.
Harold retired from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1993 after serving 25 years as Superintendent of Plant Services. At UMM, he managed maintenance, and remodeling and supervised new construction. During his tenure, the campus expanded from 80 acres with 294,000 square feet of building, to 165 acres with 754,000 square feet of building. New buildings at UMM on his watch include the Fine Arts Center, Library, Physical Education Center, Student Services Center, residence halls and a heating plant.
Before he arrived at Morris, Harold was employed as a Structural Engineer with Spitznagel Partners in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (1962-1968), and J.M. Kurke Associates in Fargo, North Dakota (1957-1962). Prior to moving to Fargo, he worked for George J. McCarthy Lumber Co. in Benson, Minnesota as Construction Manager, Estimator, and Draftsman.
Harold was united in marriage to Marion Wilberg on October 27, 1950 at Nora Lutheran Church. This marriage was blessed with two children, David and Pamela. Harold and Marion shared sixty-one years of marriage.
Harold was an active member of many organizations, including the Masons, Sertoma International service organization in Sioux Falls, the Association of Physical Plant Administrators for Colleges and Universities, the South Dakota Association of Professional Engineers. He served on Church Councils for St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, and First Lutheran Church in Morris.
He served on the Lutheran Campus Ministry Directing Committee of Christus House in Morris, including a term as Chairman. He was on the Board of Directors for Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity and West Central School of Agriculture Alumni Associations, and was Chairman of the latter.
For recreation, he loved to play golf, go dancing with his wife Marion, and build things. He designed homes for his family in Benson, Sioux Falls, Morris, and Glenwood, and built all but the last with his own hands.
Those who worked with him at UMM remember his famous Swedish Potato Sausage Feeds. Those who knew him will miss his upbeat attitude, his generosity, and his sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife Marion Wilberg Fahl of Morris, son David of Houston, Texas, daughter Pamela Thompson of Watertown, South Dakota, grandchildren Corrinne Hebner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Kate Thompson of Watertown, South Dakota, sister Vivian Rosby of Edina, Minnesota, and brothers, John Fahl and Gerry Fahl of Benson, Minnesota.
Harold is preceded in death by his parents, Walfred and Jenny Fahl and sister, Gladys Walden.
Memorials should be directed to University of Minnesota Morris, External Relations, 600 E. 4th St., Morris, MN 56267.