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Harry William Stoltenberg 79, of Grand Island died peacefully at
home on Friday, January 27, 2012.
Services will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church. The
Reverend Caroline Price-Gibson will officiate. Burial will be held
at the Grand Island Cemetery with military honors by the United Veterans
Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Monday at All Faiths Funeral
Home with the family present from 5:30-7pm.
Harry was born on January 21, 1933 in Omaha, Nebraska to Harry and
Edna (Schamp) Stoltenberg.
Survivors include, his wife and best friend of 52 years Harlene of
Grand Island; a daughter Jane and her husband Tim of Lincoln; a son,
David and his wife Nicki and son, Robert and his wife Joanna all
of Grand Island.
He is also survived by his precious grandchildren Logan, Ashley, Trey,
Wil and Jon Stoltenberg as well as brother-in-law and his wife, Harlan
and Connie Sawyer of North Platte. He is also survived by many
nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews who he loved and adored.
Harry grew up in Ainsworth and attended and graduated from Ainsworth
High School in 1950. He was a talented athlete involved in football,
baseball, basketball and track. Harry was drafted and inducted
into the US Army in 1951 and served his country with pride and honor. He
graduated from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE in 1957.
Harry and Harlene were united in marriage on August 9, 1959 at the
Congregational Church in Ainsworth, NE. The couple lived
in Des Moines, Omaha and Superior, NE before transferring to Grand Island. Harry
managed the Hested's in all of the aforementioned locations. Upon
the sale of the Grand Island Hested's, Harry worked at various different
Grand Island businesses. He owned a restaurant in town, he worked
for Food Services of America as a sales person supplier and later retired
after working for the Grand Island Public School District.
He was an avid Yankees and Husker fan and loved watching his teams. He
even had an opportunity to visit the original Yankees Stadium. Harry
was very active in community and devoted to his church. He was
a member of several civic organizations including: Kiwanis, Elks,
and many others. He was a Sunday School teacher and was involved
in the Stephen's ministry for shut-in while in Grand Island. He
enjoyed family get togethers, reunions, and being with the people who
made his life whole. He loved going to kid's athletic and school
activities and enjoyed the same activities with his grandchildren.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Edna as well
as his sister and brother-in-law Bonnie and Bill Lambley, and sister
Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island.