Harold Arthur Walz, 86

    Harold Arthur Walz, 86, died Thursday, May 16, 2013. He went home to be with the Lord after a lengthy illness. He was born to Anna (Schmidt) and Albert Walz May 19, 1926, in his family home in rural Karlstad, Minn. Harold was the youngest of ten children and raised on a farm in Karlstad. He lost his father as a teenager and took over the farming responsibilities. He married the love of his life, Doris Mae Erickson, March 22, 1951. Harold continued farming until 1962. He and his family made the move to the Iron Range in 1966, where he worked various jobs until he began his own logging business.
    Harold loved the outdoors and working with machines. He had a special talent for fixing anything by using whatever materials were available at the time. He enjoyed flying his airplane and taking friends and relatives up for some thrills. He also enjoyed hunting in his younger years and fishing trips with Doris and friends. Harold logged until he was in his early 80’s until poor health would no longer allow it. When all the children left home Harold and Doris spent many miles traveling in their motorhome. They were called the “honeymooners” because they were always together on the road.
    For the last 14 years Harold had been a devoted husband to Doris and primary caregiver after her stroke. Harold and Doris shared a room at Northern Pines Nursing Home in Aurora since the fall of 2011.
    Harold was preceded in death by his parents, eight of his siblings and his son Albert (Al) P. Walz.
    He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris; four daughters, Pam Walz of Holmen, Wis., Paulette Dunn (Alan) of Littleton, Colo., Patty (Bob) Palmi of Holmen, Wis., and Penny Erickson (Larry) of Duluth; one sister, Irene Paulson of Karlstad Minn.; grandchildren, Carmen (Rick) Larson, Carrie Palmi, Phillip Park, Aaron Park, Kirsten (Adam) Wrenberg, Laurissa (Steve) Brunk, Sarah Walz and Caleb Walz; also six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
    Funeral service was held 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Aurora. Pastor Carl Helwig officiated. interment will be at a later date in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Aurora. Arrangements are by the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora.

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