Harold "Dutch" German


Harold "Dutch" German was born to Burt and Dorothy (Law) German on May 21, 1932 in Sisseton, SD.  He joined the Army in 1950 and served three years, spending 18 months in Korea.  Upon his return he worked for a short time for a local farmer in SD.  He moved to Fargo, ND and started working for Great Northern Railroad.  He was with the railroad as a mechanic for 36 years, retiring in 1992. 

Gene was a life-time member of the Am Vets and VFW.  He enjoyed restoring old vehicles.

He is survived by his children:  Leslie German, Aberdeen, WA, Judy Halvorson (Bryan) Aberdeen, WA, Pam Dallas (Gary) , O'Dell, OR; four grandchildren, Jason Halvorson, Rachel Halvorson, Devin Dallas, Brooke Dallas; one brother:  Allen German, Sisseton, SD; five sisters:  Bernice  Marquette, Cokato, SD,  LaVonne Skoglund, New Effington, SD, Jeannette  Snaza, Milbank, SD, Deanne  Jensen, Yankton, SD, and Charlotte Fryer, Milbank,  SD.

Preceded by parents; brother, Herbert, and brother Allen; and son:  Larry German.

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  1. Milbank SDLosing a brother is such a sad event. I will remember him always. My brother was such a wonderful person and a great brother. I’m sure that he would want all of us to celebrate the good life that he had. We can all be thankful that we had him in our lives and continue to remember him as the great guy that he was. I will remember you always in my thoughts and prayers.

    Forever In My Heart,

    Sister Char

  2. Big Stone City SDOur thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Gene was not just a close relative, he was a warm friend. He was loved by many, always cheerful, and we cherish the many pleasant hours spent together. May your memories be a source of comfort as well.

    God Bless,

    Ron, Pam, Kendra, and Erin

  3. Mapleton ND
    I would like to extend my sympathies to your family. Dutch was a treasure to take care of. I will surely miss him. His quick wit and charming smile made us all laugh. He was a charmer and a gentleman.

  4. Jacksonville, FL Sorry to hear about Harold passing away. Living so far away, I did not get the chance to spend time with my cousins llike I would have liked too.
    Do remember the times growing up tho.
    Bud German

  5. Dilworth MN
    I worked with Dutch for many years in the car shop. He was a great guy to work with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. God’s blessings. Dennis and Sandy Stulz

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