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Harold Jasken

Harold Jasken

April 2, 1940-June 28, 2014

Harold Joseph Jasken, 74, of Alexandria, died on Saturday, June 28, 2014, with his wife, children and many of his grandchildren around him.

Harold was born to Herman and Iona (Berg) Jasken on April 2, 1940 in Ogema. He attended school at St. Benedict's Mission School in White Earth, then graduated from Waubun High School and later, from Thief River Falls Technical School.

Harold went to work in Fargo for Bell Telephone Company, working at different locations in North Dakota and Minnesota. After 16 years, he left Bell and turned to new challenges, building oak furniture, cabinets, houses and trapping.

On September 16, 1960, Harold married Mary Lou Fisher at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Thief River Falls. The couple moved around with Harold's job, raising their family and eventually settling at White Earth Lake, where the children grew up.

Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing, making maple syrup, smoking fish, gardening and golf. Harold enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports.

In 2000, Harold retired from building and the couple moved to the Alexandria area to be nearer to their children and grandchildren.

Harold loved his Catholic faith and considered it the most important thing in his life, followed by his family, to whom he devoted himself supporting and caring for.

Harold was preceded in death by a son, Michael; his parents, Herman and Iona Jasken; brothers, Virgil, Leonard, Leander and Duane Jasken; and sisters, Lavern Metelak and Hazel Hoban.

Harold is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Jasken, Alexandria; his children, Chris Jasken, Detroit Lakes, Jane (Mark) Whalen, Alexandria, Ron (Gail) Jasken, Long Prairie and Julie (Eric) Jensen, Burtrum; 29 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; his sisters, Viv Metelak, Gladys (Don) Lefebvre, Lori (Vince) Paskey and Angie (Chuck) Mann, all of Detroit Lakes; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred by the family.

A funeral mass is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3 at St. Alexius Church, West Union, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Boschert-Norman Funeral Home of Fergus Falls. Online condolences may be left at