Harold Reindal, 1923-2016

Published 9:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2016

Harold Dean Reindal of San Clemente, California, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 21, 2016, at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. He was the oldest son of Oscar B. and Lilah Hanson Reindal, born July 21, 1923, in Mankato. He was baptized Oct. 7, 1923, at Salem Lutheran Church in Albert Lea and confirmed May 15, 1938, at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.  

The family moved from Conger to a farm near Alden in 1927. Harold attended 12 years at Alden School with graduation from Alden High School in 1941. Shortly after high school, Harold had lung surgery at Mayo Clinic, where the lower two lobes on his right lung were removed — a very experimental surgery at that time. Recovering from surgery, he was employed by the Mayo Clinic for several months before returning to the farm. For health reasons, he spent the winters in Texas and Arizona for several years during his 20s, returning summers to help with the farm.

On Nov. 23, 1952, Harold was united in marriage to Shirley Yocom at Emmons Lutheran Church. Living in Alden, Harold belonged to Danish Church when it merged with Redeemer Lutheran and served on the church council. Harold farmed with brother, Roger, and father, Oscar, with dairy herd and hogs, and was especially active with the dairy part of the operation, serving on the Alden Creamery Board. While Roger handled most of the farm work and chores, Harold managed Reindal Farm Services selling fertilizer, lime and seed.

Harold Reindal

Harold Reindal

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Harold and Shirley moved to California in 1974 with the climate near the ocean better for Harold’s health. His hobbies included woodworking, including making cabinets for family. He enjoyed traveling with Shirley to Alaska, Europe and Australia. In recent years they belonged to the Sons of Norway in San Clemente and San Clemente Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir for several years.

Survivors include wife, Shirley; brother, Roger Reindal; nephews and nieces Bruce Reindal, Joyce (Bruce) Quade, Steve Sprenger, Patricia Yocom, John (Paula) Yocom, Kriste (Gary) Saffert and  Laurie (Jerome) Wille;  along with grand-nephews and nieces Eric (Amarette) Quade, Kirsten (Tim) Hollis , Douglas Reindal, Jay Sprenger and Stephanie Sprenger.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marjorie Sprenger; nephew, Timothy Sprenger; parents-in-law Steve and Hattie Yocom; brothers-in-law Donald Sprenger and Steven F. Yocom; and sisters-in-law Kerjil Yocom and Ivo Reindal.

Memorial services are pending this summer in San Clemente and Minnesota.