Harold H. True

Posted November 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

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Harold H. True, 92, Lamar, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Lockwood, where he had been a resident for the past year.

Harold was born Feb. 1, 1920, at Breman, KS, one of the six children of Henry and Marie (Ringstorf) True. He graduated from high school in Marysville, KS, and attended St. John’s College.

On Nov. 21, 1941, at Marysville, he married Wilma Sawyer and they had shared 61 years together before her death Jan. 15, 2003. Harold was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers – Everett, Roland, and Arlow True; and a sister, Rosann Benshoff. 

At age 19, Harold managed a J.C. Penney store in Monett, a career interrupted by World War II. He entered the Army in 1943, serving as a medical supply officer and earning the rank of Captain before retiring in 1946. He and Wilma settled in Milwaukee, WI, where Harold was a sales supervisor for Kraft Foods for more than 20 years. Moving to Lamar in 1981, they managed the Lamar Country Club for 10 years. Harold was an avid golfer and founded the Lamar Open Tournament. He enjoyed the challenge and fellowship of card games, especially when it involved family and friends.

Survivors include three sons and their wives – Bill and Carol Alt, St. Louis, Dennis and Terri True, Lamar and Brad and Mary True, El Dorado Springs; a sister, Ardene Gilbert, Reading, PA; seven grandchildren – Sean (Christy) True – Greendale, WI, Glenn True – Rochester, MN, Melissa (Thomas) McLarin – Rochester, MN, Josh (Becky) Alt- St. Louis, Elizabeth (Jason) Barnett – St. Louis and Caitlin and Colleen True – Lamar; nine great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Services were held Saturday, Nov. 3, in Grace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Galen Friedrichs officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora.