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John J. Ryan


Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries



John J. Ryan, 79 of Harmony, Minn. passed away on February 14, 2015 at the Harmony Health Care Center in Harmony, Minn.

John Ryan was born on March 4, 1935 in Manly, Iowa to William and Sara (Briar) Ryan. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Manly, and graduated from Manly High School in 1954. Following High School John entered the United States Army in 1955 and was discharged in 1957. He married Mary Ann Beckman in 1963. To this union two children were born, Raeanne and Philip. He worked for Armour before starting Harmony Livestock Sales.

For many years he was the Flying Santa Claus for KQYB of Spring Grove, and also the Santa Claus for the Harmony Community and Slindee Pharmacy. For many years John was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Harmony Community Chest. He was a member of the Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony where he also served on the board of the Nativity Church Council. John also served on the Fillmore County Fair Board. After retirement he sold electric probes and was sometimes known as “Doc Shock”. Also during his retirement, John was an Amish tour guide for Michel Farm Vacations. He once made the pages of a Nebraska paper after an August 1999 tour.

Two of John’s joys were going to the local Harmony House restaurant and rolling dice for coffee or a dollar. Almost every night following supper, John would go down to the Harmony Health Care Center to visit with the residents. You knew when John was coming in because he would be the guy with a grin on his face, and dressed in a t-shirt and bib overalls with the pant legs rolled up. And, oh yeah, he may have had a little chew in his mouth.

He was a great ambassador to Harmony and all the surrounding communities. He had a great gift of gab to visit with anybody and everybody. If you didn’t know him when you came to town, you would know him when you left. We will all miss him.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Harmony, Minn.; a daughter, Raeanne Ryan of Harmony, Minn.; a son, Phil (Elaine) Ryan of Mesa, Ariz.; two grandchildren: Sydney and Derek; a sister, Rosie Ryan of Mason City, Iowa; a brother, Danny (Carol) Ryan of Manly, Iowa; a brother, Michael “Mick” (Mary Jo) Ryan of Tipton, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Shirley (David) Whalen of Harmony, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Jim Beckman of Harmony, Minn.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Carmen Kingsbury

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Carmen Kingsbury, age 83, of Minneapolis and formerly of Harmony, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Richfield Health Center in Richfield, Minn. A time of remembrance was held 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Lindstrom Funer ..... 
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Joan Johnson Smith

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
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Joan Johnson Smith, age 79, of Harmony, Minn. passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, surrounded by her family at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Ha ..... 
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Marvin “Marv” Livrance

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
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Marvin “Marv” Livrance, age 88, of Harmony, Minnesota died of Alzheimer’s on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Harmony Healthcare Center in Harmony. Memorial services will be at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Granger, Minnesota on Saturday, Janu ..... 
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Donald T. Morem

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
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Donald T. Morem, age 92, a lifelong Harmony resident, passed away on January 7, 2015, at the Gundersen Harmony Healthcare Center. Funeral services took place 11 a.m., Saturday, January 10 at the Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Interment follow ..... 
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Dorothy Jean Ryan

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
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Funeral services for Dorothy Jean Ryan were held at 11 a.m. on Friday January 2, 2015 at Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony, Minn. with Rev. Msgr. Paul Heiting and Father Don Schmitz officiating. Burial took place in State Line Cemetery, rural H ..... 
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Violet Erickson

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
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Violet Erickson, age 88 of Harmony, Minn., died Wednesday evening, December 17, 2014 at the Harmony Healthcare Center in Harmony. Funeral services were held 11 am Saturday, December 20 at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, with burial followin ..... 
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Junetta Fishbaugher

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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Junetta “Dolly” Fishbaugher, 92, of Harmony, Minn. passed away on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Glencoe Regional Health Services in Glencoe, Minn. Funeral services was held on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Greenfield Lutheran ..... 
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Oliver Halverson

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
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Oliver Halverson passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Harmony Healthcare, where he resided the past two years. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, December 4 at 11 a.m. at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Harmony. Friends called ..... 
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