Harold Brigham

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Funeral services for Mr. Harold Brigham, 90 of Spencer, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, at First Christian Church in Spencer. Rev. Dan Mayes will officiate the service.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Interment will take place in North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer.

Mr. Brigham passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010, at home in Spencer.

Harold Edward Brigham, the son of Henry A. and Minnie Anderson Brigham, was born on April 15, 1920, in Spencer. He received his early education and graduated from the Milford High School in Milford. He then attended and graduated from the Hamilton Business College in Mason City, where he also taught classes. He entered the Army in 1942 and was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1945 following service in the Pacific Theater.

He married Theresa Jean Trager on Dec. 16, 1945, and was employed as an accountant at CD Farm Service in Spencer, where they raised five children. The family moved to Britt, Iowa, then Belmond, Iowa, and eventually Hayfield, Minn., in pursuit of a career as a professional florist and accountant. He retired from the Farmers Cooperative in Sergeant, Minn., in 1983. Theresa died in October of 1982 after 36 years of marriage.

On April 2, 1988, Harold married Marie C. Lindgren at the Spencer First Christian Church. For 12 years they made their home on the Lindgren Farm at Marathon. Marie died Jan. 8, 2000. Harold continued to live on the farm for 10 years when he moved into a Spencer apartment where he lived until his death.

Harold possessed a strong Christian faith which he put into practice with much care and concern for his family and many friends using his duo talents as a musician with a green thumb. Harold was known for his solo singing and piano playing. He was always in demand as a soloist for weddings, funerals, church services and many special occasions. Harold's perpetual green thumb led to nursing many beautiful flower gardens and he cheered up many friends with countless bouquets from those flower gardens.

Harold was guided throughout his life by his profound love for the Lord. His Christian love nurtured the lives of his children and stepchildren and enriched all those whose lives he touched.

With his marriage to Marie, Harold took over the basement of the farm house with his rug weaving hobby. His many hours at the loom led to his gift of a rug for special occasions to each family member and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Minnie; his sister Helen (Schoorman); a brother, Arthur Brigham; two nephews: Roger and Vernon Schoorman; his two wives; stepson and his wife, Robert and Marsha Lindgren.

Survivors include daughter, Diane (Jim) VanRavenhorst; son, Frank (Virginia) Brigham; daughter, Deborah Skoglund; son, Derwin (Audrey) Brigham; son, Arlin (Marsha) Brigham; stepson, Jon (Trudy) Lindgren; stepdaughter, Marla (Robert) Kelly; stepdaughter, Valerie.; brother, LeRoy Brigham of Hartley, sister, Esther Haburn of Spirit Lake; and sister-in-law Helen Brigham of Hartley. Further survivors include 42 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

Warner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.