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Howard Applen

Tue, Jan 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Howard passed away peacefully on January 8, 2013 at the Harmony Healthcare Center. Howard Carl Applen, son of Carl and Clara (Sanden) Applen, was born January 13, 1918 in Bradley, SD. As a small child, he moved with his family to Harmony, MN area, where they had purchased a farm. Howard attended Wilton Center country school and Harmony High School. On October 28, 1942 he married Thelma Busse in Canton, MN. In 1946 they purchased a farm northeast of Harmony, where they raised their four children. In 1977 they moved into Harmony where Howard continued to farm for several years.

Into this union were born four children: Carolynn (Pat) DiTrocchio of Niota TN, Roger (Nancy) Applen of Rochester, MN, Kathryn (Stan) Eide of Harmony, MN, and Lana (Glenn) Soppa of Harmony, MN.

Howard served as president and agent of Harmony Farmers Mutual insurance Co. for many years, and a long time member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellow Lodge and a Past District Deputy President of IOOF. He was a member of Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony and served on the church council. Howard also volunteered at Harmony Healthcare Center helping residents play Bingo. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, golfing, and shaking dice with coffee friends.

He is survived by his wife, 4 children, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Gladys Bigalk, 2 nephews, 1 niece, and 1 great grandson.


Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. at the Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony on Thursday, January 11, as well as one hour prior to services at the church.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Greenfield Lutheran Church on Friday, January 12, 2013.


Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony, MN.

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