Harold Ness

Harold B. Ness, 92, of Rembrandt, died on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Longhouse Residence in Spencer.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rembrandt. Burial was in Little Sioux Valley Cemetery in Rembrandt. Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements. 

Harold Bell Ness, the son of Adolph and Martha (Haraldson) Ness was born near Linn Grove on Feb. 28, 1924. He lived his youth and received his education in the Linn Grove and Rembrandt vicinity.  Harold was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rembrandt.

On July 2, 1952, Harold was united in marriage to Margaret Arnts in Schaller and this union was blessed with six children: Lester, Ramona, Mary, Rosie, Paul and Alice. Harold’s lifetime was devoted to his love of farming. Margaret died in October 1959 and Harold was committed to keeping his family together.  On Aug. 28, 1966, Harold married Betty McMichael in Spencer. Betty passed away in October 1985. Harold retired from farming in 1986 and moved into the town of Rembrandt in 1992. Since 2014, Harold made his home at Longhouse Residence in Spencer where he enjoyed the staff and they enjoyed caring for Harold.

Harold was a faithful member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rembrandt. He is remembered as a quiet man of faith who was an avid reader and enjoyed collecting books and staying up to date with current events. He also enjoyed history and having coffee and socializing with his friends.

Harold’s life will always be honored, cherished and celebrated by his family which include his children: Lester Ness of Yunnan Province, China; Ramona Waldstein of Spencer; Mary Ward of Sugar City, Idaho; Rosie Patterson of Tallahassee, Fla.; Paul Ness of Goldsboro, N.C.; and Alice Skelton of Webb; two step-children: Steve McMichael and Martin McMichael; 11 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, 14 step-great-grandchildren; sister, Ardyce Zinn of Storm Lake; other extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, one granddaughter, and two sons-in-law.