Harold Kenneth Fuchs, age 89, of Byron passed away peacefully at his apartment at Madonna Summit in Byron on January 3, 2018.
Born February 5, 1928, in rural Byron to Harvey and Floy (Hair) Fuchs, Harold grew up on various farms in Kalmar and Salem Townships in Olmsted County. Harold attended Byron area elementary school and graduated from Byron High School in 1946. He farmed with his father and worked as a John Deere tractor mechanic prior to serving in Germany as a truck mechanic in a medic division from 1950-1952. After the service, Harold continued to farm with his father and brother and worked as a tractor mechanic until he began employment with IBM in 1959, and worked there until his retirement in 1987. On September 9, 1956, Harold married Marie E. Kratt in Morristown, Minn. They made their home and raised their family in Byron until moving South of Byron (Salem Corners area) in 1969. Marie passed away on September 3, 1994. On February 1, 1996, Harold married Neva (Johnson) Ladin.
Harold was the Justice of the Peace in Byron in the 1960's. He was a member of the Byron American Legion, a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church in Byron, and active in the Widowed Persons Service. He very much enjoyed working on his hobby farm and spending time in his woodshop. Harold also enjoyed bowling, farming, helping others, animals, gardening, time at the lake, and above all else loved spending time with his family.
Harold is survived and will be deeply missed by his children: Lorene Fuchs (Wayne Hultz) and Carmen (Paul) Pyfferoen of Byron, Paul Fuchs (wife, Margaret Gorbatenko) of Saint Paul, and Kenneth (Mary) Fuchs of Cold Spring. Also surviving are Harold's nine grandchildren: Stephanie (Matthew) Poulter, Amanda (Paul) York, Brian (Amanda) Pyfferoen, Hannah and Michael Gorbatenko, Garrett Fuchs, Harrison Fuchs, Maxwell and Abigail Fuchs. Harold also had great pride in his ten great-grandchildren: Lane and Audree Poulter, Marie Johnson and Leah York and Emma, Hazley, Maddagen, Ryley, Rachel and Elanor Pyfferoen.
Also surviving are his second wife, Neva, and her children: Karl (Lynn) Ladin and Marsha Voss, Karen Messmer (Jon) and Nick (Kathleen) Ladin, as well as their children and grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Sherron Fuchs, Judy Kratt, Alice (Robert) Smith, Edith Kratt of Lakeville, and Katherine (Mel) Treder, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Harold was preceded in death by his first wife; his parents; siblings and their spouses, Marjorie (Ralph) Cutting, Leo (Audrey Brooks) Fuchs, and Roy (Arlene Glassmaker) Fuchs.
Visitation will be from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Rd. NW, Byron, with additional visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Pastor Steven Rheingans officiating, burial at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.