Harvey Wayne Tripp, age 90, of Grand Forks, ND, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Altru Hospital with his family by his side.
Harvey was born on July 27, 1925, in Sioux City, IA, the son of William and Frances (Meyer) Tripp. After leaving home at the age of 16, he worked at area farms and other odd jobs. Harvey met the love of his life, Angeline Kucera, while they both worked at True Foods. They were united in marriage on June 30, 1946, in Augustana Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, and the family made their home in East Grand Forks, MN. After he finished summer work doing repairs at Crystal Sugar, he stopped by the Post Office in East Grand Forks where they told him they needed someone for 90 days. He began his employment there on November 1, 1949, and worked there for almost 40 years in every position, including 17 years as Post Master, until his retirement on June 30, 1989. He was a very active member of First Lutheran Church for over 60 years, served on the East Grand Forks School Board for 21 years, and was nominated to the Minnesota State School Board. Harvey was also a board member of the Chamber of Commerce, served on Altru’s board, and held several positions on the Park South Condominium Association Board. He was a strong advocate for education, also volunteering to teach Junior Achievement in the Grand Forks Public Schools.
Harvey and Angie enjoyed their retirement, always keeping busy with family until her passing on November 23, 2006. He especially looked forward to their family gatherings at Cotton Lake every Fourth of July, and took special delight in his grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He treasured his relationships with his extended family, and those he lived and worked with closely became part of his family as well. It was his nature to take on the role of father/grandfather figure and caring mentor to many.
Loving family members of Harvey include his two daughters, Janis (Richard) Osborne of Carmel, IN, and Joyce (Brian) Larson of Grand Forks, ND; 6 grandchildren, Marcie (Michael) Carter of Indianapolis, IN; Paul Brown of Carmel, IN; Christopher Osborne of Alexandria, IN; Carrie Merritt of Indianapolis, IN; Brett (Amanda) Larson of Plymouth, MN; and Todd (Samantha) Larson of Grand Forks, ND; 5 great-grandchildren, Sydney, Olivia, Michael, Maximus, and Isla; brother, John Henry Rex of Miles City, MO; sister, Katherine Willey of Worthington, MN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Tripp and Frances Rex; wife, Angeline Tripp; brothers, Herman and Franklin Rex; as well as 2 brothers who died as infants.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church
Funeral Service: 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, First Lutheran Church, 203 5th St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Monday May 23, 2016 in Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN and also one hour prior to Funeral Service, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Tuesday in First Lutheran Church
Interment: Memorial Park South Cemetery ~ Grand Forks, ND
Online Guestbook: www.dandahlfuneralhome.com
Arrangements By: Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota