Harold Carl Beermann was born March 21, 1928, in Washington Township, Crawford County, Iowa, the son of Henry and Olga Beermann. He passed away Monday, September 3, 2018, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, at the age of 90.
Harold was baptized in Christ May 27, 1928, at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison and confirmed his faith at that same church on April 18, 1943. He received his education in a rural school near his home and graduated from Defiance High School with the class of 1946. Following graduation, he began his life-long career of farming, starting on the home farm using draft horses in his youth. Horses were a big part of his entire life–working with them early on and then raising them after he retired in 1994.
On May 22, 1949, Harold was united in marriage to Joan Draheim-Peters at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison by Rev. C.W. Schmidt. The couple settled on the home farm south of Denison and were blessed with the birth of six children.
During his farming operation, he raised hogs, dairy cattle, free-range and housed chickens, beef feedlot cattle, a small cow-calf herd, and miniature horses. He was a member of the National Farmers Organization, organized many farming groups and received a corn production no-till award from Iowa Corn Growers for having the highest yield of 171.12 bushels per acre.
His church was very important to Harold and his wife, and other than their family, was their life. Harold was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Men's Club and Fellowship Club; served on the church council as president, vice president, and secretary, as well as being an elder and usher for many years. He also served as president of the local Aid Association for Lutherans.
Harold loved to watch the news, the polka show and the old classics of Lawrence Welk, Red Skelton and I Love Lucy on television. He enjoyed listening to the markets, news and weather and the polka party on the radio.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Joan in 2009; one son-in-law, John; three brothers, Alvin in infancy, Edward and Walt; four sisters, twins in infancy, Irene and Alma. Survivors include: one son, Donald and his wife, Holly; five daughters: Susan, Sandy and her husband, Tom, Cindy and her husband, Jack, Bette and her husband, Bob, and Barb and her husband, Randy; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy and Lorena; other relatives and friends.