Obituary for Harold “Hal” Gargrave

Hal Gargrave, age 86 of Northfield, passed away Saturday evening, March 21, 2020, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Harold Eugene Gargrave was born October 25, 1933, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to Harold H. and Albina (Pavek) Gargrave. He graduated from Larimore High School in Larimore, ND, in 1951, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from Jamestown College at Jamestown, ND, in 1955 with a BS degree in business. In college, he lettered four years in football and baseball. Hal served in the U.S. Army for two years and was stationed in Germany from 1956 to […]

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Hal Gargrave, age 86 of Northfield, passed away Saturday evening, March 21, 2020, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Harold Eugene Gargrave was born October 25, 1933, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to Harold H. and Albina (Pavek) Gargrave. He graduated from Larimore High School in Larimore, ND, in 1951, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from Jamestown College at Jamestown, ND, in 1955 with a BS degree in business. In college, he lettered four years in football and baseball.

Hal served in the U.S. Army for two years and was stationed in Germany from 1956 to 1957. He was employed as an accountant at the G.T. Schjeldahl Co. in Northfield from 1957 to 1968. He worked as a salesman for Hagen Sales in Minneapolis from 1968 to 1969. He was employed as a controller at St. Olaf in Northfield from 1969 to 1994. On July 15, 1961, Hal was united in marriage to Eleanor M. Landsverk at Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston. They made their home in Northfield.

Hal had a lifelong interest in sports. He coached American Legion baseball for two years in Larimore and one year in Northfield. He was a pitcher for the Northfield Knights baseball team for 12 years. He coached in the Northfield Hockey Association for about 30 years. Hal joined the Boy Scouts in Larimore, but didn’t progress very far, as sports interfered; however, he was a Den Leader in the Cub Scouts in Larimore for two years. He played handball for many years and competed in handball tournaments in the Twin Cities. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, yard work, and just being outdoors. Hal was also interested in history, and had done work on his and his wife’s genealogy.

Hal was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church and served as treasurer and on various financial committees over the years. After retirement, he served as a volunteer driver for the CAC, income tax preparer at the Senior Center, and gave his time with the Food shelf, the Christmas Sharing program, and delivered Meals on Wheels. Hal especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his sons Steven (Kim) of Sterling Heights, Michigan, Darren of Northfield; his grandchildren Jason, Troy, Regina and Kearic; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents, and his sisters Vivian, Maxine, Mary Louise and Carrol.

A memorial service for Hal will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church at a date to be determined. Interment will take place in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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  1. dan bartho

    Der & Family.. Sadden to hear & read the news on Hal’s passing. From my Northfield activity touches, Hal was a great Northfield Youth Activities ambassador. I’d bet he got the most wear-time out of a St Olaf Coat than anyone in modern day. I loved-it when he laced up the skates 15 years back and being on the ice with the kids. I will miss his presents at Northfield activities, but he left a lasting footprint within the community. God Bless Him. Dan & Jane Bartho

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  2. Mary Langan

    Hal played handball with my dad, Marv Grundhoefer, for many many years. My dad thought so much of Hal and enjoyed the weekly handball games. My dad and I send our love and sympathy. Hal was a very important part of my dads life!! We will miss Hal!!

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  3. Mikhail Geissler

    I remember Hal from church. I went to Bethel many years ago. He was very kind, and shared an interest with me: coin collecting. I remember when he invited me to go to a coin show with him. We went there, he helped me figure out what would be some good coins to buy, and afterwards he brought me to a chocolate shop for sweets.

    I also worked with his grandson, Kearic Gargrave at Fielders Choice. I am sure Hal is proud of Kearic. Kedric reminded me of Hal, due to his enthusiasm and good nature, despite the fact that I barely knew Hal.

    I’m sad to hear that he passed away.

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  4. JIm and Ginger Young

    We were so sorry to hear from Darren of Hal’s death. He and Eleanor continued to be our dear friends long after we left Northfield in 1968. Those were wonderful days on Oxford Street with all of the darling neighborhood children playing together. Sending our sympathy and love to Darren and Steven and their families.

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