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Harold Schuman

February 4, 1917 — June 29, 2006

Harold Schuman

Funeral Services for Harold Scotty Schuman of Herman will be held Monday morning, July 3, 2006 at 10:30 AM at the Herman United Methodist Church. Pastor Mark Winther will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the church, and also one hour prior to services. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Herman. Harold was 89 years old. Harold "Scotty" Schuman was born in Herman, Minnesota, on February 4, 1917, to German immigrants Otto and Ella Schuman. He lived almost his entire life on the farm where he grew up with his siblings Alice, Raymond, and Betty. The family had little money and Scotty worked very hard on the farm during the depression years, finishing his formal schooling after completion of the 8th grade. That did not stop him from learning through the school of life, which provided him with an excellent education. He wooed Mildred "Millie" Jeanette Kjorness with his good looks, charm, and flair for polka dancing and they married on July 12, 1942, in Herman . He was very proud of his farm, particularly when it was honored as a Century Farm by the State of Minnesota in 2002 to celebrate its having been in the same family for over 100 years. He and Millie continued to dance up a storm every time there was a good polka band in the area. They were blessed with one daughter, Janie, who married Richard Hansen in 1965. Richard and Janie gave Millie and Scotty two granddaughters who loved to visit the farm to feed the sheep, catch toads, cuddle kittens, play with dogs Buddy and Oprah, create many adventures out in the trees, dance with Grandpa Scotty and listen to his stories and jokes. Scotty was known for his antics - a master story teller always quick with a joke. Scotty was a sentimental and practical man. He loved all things old and unique and held fiercely to beloved family items as well as collecting unique items at auction sales. After he "retired" from farming, Scotty took up vegetable gardening in a big way, winning the Grant County Fair Vegetable Sweepstakes for nine consecutive years from 1994 to 2002. Besides growing these prize vegetables, he showed his generosity by giving many of them away to anyone who asked. He was fond of saying money does not make someone rich, inferring it is the relationship with family and friends and the happiness one finds in making a satisfying life for oneself. Scotty Schuman was a rich, rich man indeed. Rich in his appreciation for the simple things in life and rich in the number of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Raymond Schuman, sister Betty Elrite, and many friends and other family members. He is survived by his wife Millie, daughter Janie (Richard) Hansen of Faribault, MN, granddaughters Dr. Melissa "Mistletoe" (Jeff) Petrik of Knoxville, TN, and Kristina "Kristinabella" (Terry) Heintz of Maple Grove, MN, great-granddaughter Johanna Petrik, sister Alice Dilly and many relatives and friends.

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