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Harry Eisenbeis

March 05, 1927 - July 17, 2010


Tuesday, July 20th from 5-7 pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.

Prayer Service:

Tuesday at 7:00 pm at the church.

Funeral Service:

Wednesday, July 21st at 11:00 am at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.


Riverside Cemetery, Hillsboro.


Wildeman Funeral Home

Harry Eisenbeis

March 05, 1927 - July 17, 2010


Harry Eisenbeis, 83 of Hillsboro, ND, died Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Hillsboro Medical Center.

Harry was born on March 5, 1927 near Streeter, ND, the sixth child of nine to Adolph and Mary (Schwarzwalter) Eisenbeis.  He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Streeter High School in 1944.  After high school, he proudly served in the Army Air Force with the occupational forces in Japan following World War II.  After his discharge, Harry attended Dakota Business College in Fargo, ND where he met Arlene Johnson.  They were married on November 3, 1951 in Aneta, ND.  They moved to Hillsboro, ND in 1953 and he began working with Northwestern State Bank (now Wells Fargo).  He worked for the bank for 34 years.  He was named President and Chairman of the Board in 1965, retiring in 1987.  Harry was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and served on the church council and was a choir member.  He was a member and officer of many area and local civic organizations.  Harry was a faithful Kiwanis member for 45 years and a life member of Hillsboro American Legion and VFW.  He was a loyal supporter of local sports, the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings.  He was recently recognized as an inductee to the Hillsboro Public Schools Hall of Fame in June 2009 and a 25 year member of Hospice of Traill County in June 2010.

A farmer at heart, he enjoyed gardening and restoring and driving the Eisenbeis family 1939 John Deere B tractor and the Johnson family 1930 Ford Model A car.

Harry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlene of Hillsboro; sons, Jay (Kim) Eisenbeis of Fargo, ND, Lee Eisenbeis of Grand Forks, ND, Paul (Shari) Eisenbeis of Savage, MN; daughter, Faye (Richard) Pyle of West Fargo, ND; 9 grandchildren, Alison, Emily, Eve, Jane, Nathan, Samantha, Zachary, Matthew, Cora; sisters, Ann Schaffner of Sacramento, CA, Hulda (Art) Berg of Lincoln, CA, Amy (Darrel) Moser of Fargo, ND, Leona (James) Nenow of Carmichael, CA; brothers, Wesley Eisenbeis of Bismarck, ND, Robert Eisenbeis of Lincoln, CA; sister in law, Ruth Eisenbeis of Moorhead, MN and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Martha Taylor and brother, Reinhold Eisenbeis.


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  1. Fr. Al Bitz says:

    Jamestown ND
    Jay and Kim,
    It is with mourning that I heard of the death of your father Harry through the Napoleon Homestead. It is a consolation of our faith that he is now nearer to us, can love us and pray for us – not before a statue or with a prayer book, but in the very Beatific Vision of God and in the total communion of Saints.
    Peace and Love

  2. DAVID T WALSVIK says:

    I was sad to see that Harry passed away. When I lived in Hillsboro I always enjoyed working and talking with Harry. He was a friend who I had respect for both in his ethics and his love of farming and those who worked the land. He will be missed.

  3. Ralph Dyrness says:

    Valley City North Dakota
    Jay & Kim,
    Not sure if you remember me, met you when living in Fargo, through St. Anthony’s Parish.
    I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you mourne the loss and remember the life of your father. May the happy memories overshadow the sorrow of letting go of a loved one.
    God bless you and your family.
    In Christ’s Love,
    Ralph n Jean Dyrness

  4. Karis Hanson says:

    Winsted MN
    Dear Eisenbeis Family, All of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Harry was truly a class act and will be missed by everyone in Hillsboro and the entire Hanson family as well.

    Kindred Spirits,

  5. Lee Erickson says:

    Hillsboro Harry was probably the finest man I have ever met, and he had that rare ability to make everyone around him a better person. The entire Hillsboro community will miss him dearly.

    My sympathies go out to you, Arlene, and the entire family. I hope you can find strength in celebrating the man he was, and always will be, in the hearts and minds of countless people who share your sorrow.

    God bless.

  6. Gregory Schwartzwalter says:

    Moorhead Minnesota
    Arlene and family, I just saw you and Harry at our Mother Iones funeral in Streeter on June 7th and we so appreciated you being there. I am sorry I am not in Hillsboro at the Funeral today but I am at work here at Sanford Health in Fargo. Over the years whenever I would meet someone from Hillsboro I would ask them if they knew Harry Eisenbeis and they most often would reply “Yes, everyone knows Harry, what a great guy !” I remember when I played Fargo Legion baseball and we played in Hillsboro in 1968, Harry came to my game and wanted to talk to me after the game and my team mates thought he was a Major League scout which made it fun for me. My Dad always talked fondly of his cousin Harry and all of his cousins. I wish I had talked to my Dad more about what those cousins did together while growing up on the farm, the stories would have been interesting. May Harry rest in peace while we carry on in Faith here on Earth. Gods Grace.

  7. Sally Thompson says:

    Plymouth MN
    Harry will be remembered for his good business common sense, his leadership in the community and his support of local eduation. May your personal memories bring you comfort. You have my deepest sympathy.

  8. Kyle and Candy Nordine says:

    Northfield Minnesota
    Dearest Eisenbeis Family
    Our hearts are heavy today as we remember your loving spouse and father.
    We also are thankful for the time we have had the opportunity to get to know your family and to have a number of conversations with Harry. We thank you for sharing him with us during our time in college with Paul and for always greeting us as part of the family.
    We are sorry we are unable to be with you during this time, but want you to know that we are with you in spirit as you honor the life and times of a great community leader, faithful servant, friend, and most of all the head of your family.
    God’s peace be with you.

  9. Karen (Johnson) Simmons says:

    To all of the Eisenbeis family…My heart is with you all at this difficult time. Remember the promise we have in our faith in Jesus Christ. It’s not goodbye…but see you later. Love, Karen

  10. John & Carmen Henn says:

    Hillsboro ND
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great guy.

  11. Bill Nelson says:

    Fargo ND
    I send my sympathy and love to all the Eisenbeis family. Harry was a good man. I am proud to have Jay as my son-in-law. Bill Nelson

  12. Doug & Mary Mahan says:

    McVille ND
    We are so sorry for your loss. He was always such a great uncle to us! We have many happy memories of Harry and your family. I’m sure my Dad was there to greet him when he arrived in heaven! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care!

  13. Eddie and Monica Engelhart says:

    Twin Falls Idaho Our sincere condolences to Harry’s family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Judy and Dave Gauthier says:

    Ellington Ct.Our hearts are very sad today on the loss of a wonderful uncle.He will surely be missed by our entire family. How lucky we were to have him in our lives. Love goes out to all of his family.

  15. LaRon Muller Risser says:

    Dearest Eisenbeis Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always remember Harry as such a kind and gentle man with a great smile. He will be missed by all.

  16. Michael and Linda Jones says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Paul, Just know that our prayers are with you and your family.

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