Harvey Hemme

Harvey Hemme

Harvey L. Hemme, 89, Luverne, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

A graveside service was Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Harvey Hemme was born Dec. 11, 1926, to Karl and Caroline (Woodrich) Hemme in Garretson, South Dakota. He grew up on a farm in Rosedell Township near Sherman, South Dakota. He attended District 70 country school for three years, Sherman school for eight years, and graduated from Jasper High School in 1944. Following graduation, he helped on the family farm until joining the Arm in 1946. He was at Camp Polk, Louisiana, for basic training and then spent a short time at Camp Stoneman in California before being deployed to Japan. He worked as a clerk in Headquarters at Kobe Base in Kobe, Japan. He was discharged in 1947 with the rank of T/5 at Camp Beale, California and returned home.

Harvey married Selma Yesda on Nov. 16, 1950, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. From 1952 through 1981 the couple farmed in Springwater Township near Sherman. They then lived in Garretson for a couple of years before moving to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In January 2005 Harvey became a resident of the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.

Harvey enjoyed farming and loved the wide open spaces. He also enjoyed listening to polka music and dancing the polka.

He is survived by his daughter, Jackie (Scott) Hansen, Box Elder, South Dakota; a granddaughter, Beth (Tom) Zimmerman, Summerset, South Dakota and their daughters, Zoe and London; a sister-in-law, Katie Hemme, Jasper; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Selma, his parents, and his brother, Calvin Hemme.

Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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