The funeral service for Harold R. Markuson, 82, of Ipswich, is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Ipswich. Pastor John Druckemiller will lead the service. Interment follows at the Ipswich City Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Gramm Funeral Home in Ipswich and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Harold was born October 24, 1926 to Thorvald and Ella (Tallman) Markuson in Ipswich. He was raised on the family farm and attended school in Ipswich. During his later years in high school he moved for a brief time to California. He returned to the area and farmed with his father.
He was married to Ramona Voegele on November 19, 1944 at Roscoe, SD. They made their home on the farm so that Harold could continue working with his family. After a short time, they moved into Ipswich where Harold worked for the local Co-op Station. He worked as a bulk fuel delivery driver for many years and also assisted with bookkeeping for the Co-op. During this time Harold also drove school bus for Ipswich Public School for many years.
Harold was an avid hunter. He especially enjoyed hunting deer and pheasants with his son and family. Harold also enjoyed playing softball with the Co-op Oilers. He liked to play cards and found many peaceful moments singing as his wife of 65 years played the piano. His greatest joy in life though came from time spent with family.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Ipswich and when he couldn't attend, he worshiped along with Rev. Harold Salem during the Christian Worship Hour television broadcasts.
Harold died peacefully Saturday, March 07, 2009 at a Fargo, ND hospital.
Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Ramona of Ipswich; one son, Gary (June) Markuson of Las Vegas, NV; one daughter, Shirley (Jim) Olverson of Watertown, SD; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Doris (Chuck) Ulrich of Brainerd, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Violet, one brother, Robert, and one son-in-law, Ray Makens.
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