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“Lois and family. We send our deepest sympathies for your loss of Harold. He will be missed by so many in the farm toy business. It was always fun to...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Denny & Barb Erickson - Jackson, MN

“Lois and Family, So sorry to hear about Harold's passing. We talked to him in January at the Des Moines toy show. He sounded very upbeat and...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Kevin Collins - Davenport, IA

“Harold was a fun loving, good man. He was a lot of fun to be around and to listen to. He will be missed terribly at the farm toy shows that he set up...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Lori Aberle - La Moure, ND

“So sorry to hear of Harold's passing. We remember the good times at toy shows. ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Larry and Elaine Thede - IL

“Lois,Scott,Mark,Sheryl,Bruce,(and those two little guys,Bryan and Blair) Very sorry to hear of Harold passing. Will always remember him having a...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Mike Christianson - Spirit Lake, IA

“Thanks for being such a great neighbor to my mom and dad. I really appreciate all the help you gave them, especially blowing the snow. They'll...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: John Carter - Norwalk, IA

“Lois, We were sorry to hear of Harolds passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jon & Becky Helgeson ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Jon & Becky Helgeson - Lake Mills, IA

“Lois and family, So sorry to hear of Harold's passing. What a great father he was. So many ball games to attend and loved every minute of it. You are...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Jim & Justine Jaspers - Carpenter, IA

“I am so sorry to hear of Harold's sudden passing. I have many great memories of him! He always had a way to make you laugh. I remember how great of a...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Julie Cooney - Clear Lake, IA

“Lois, so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. We will truly miss him at the shows. Bill & Becky Neal ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Bill & Becky Neal - Nashua, IA

“Lois...Our deepest sympathy on Harold's passing. He was a good and honest man. We always enjoyed visting with him at the Toy Shows...he will be...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: John Turcotte - Turtle Lake, WI

“LOIS & family. My sincerest sympathy at your time of loss. Harold was Lways a joy to visit with & I enjoyed hosting Harold & Lois @ my toy show in...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: par Bartek - Denton, NE - friend

“Dear Lois and family, You have our deepest sympathy and it was great knowing and sharing toys with you and Harold over the past years. Terry & Judi...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Terry & Judi Hertle - Vinton, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. With Love, The Donovans ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Jeff Donovan - Belton, MO

“Lois, Scott, Mark, Sheryl, and rest of family. I'm so sorry for your loss, he was a neat guy and my parents thought highly of all of you. I...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Anne (Torgerson) Davidson - IA

“I met Harold in the late 1980's in the farm toy business and we enjoyed buying and selling to each other and talking farmin'. He was truly one of the...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Cam Lind - Sioux Falls, SD

“Lois,I was so sorry to hear about Harold.I always enjoyed his stories.we had a good talk at the Grinnell toy show. I'll miss seeing you guys at the...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Mike&Chris Riemenschneider

“Lois and Family - You are in our thoughts and prayers ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Susie and Jay Hahn - Norway, IA

“My sympathy to your family for your loss of Harold. He and I were classmates at Randalia and we rode the bus together for many days of many years. ...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Roene Cammack - Hoover, AL

“Lois and Family, Your are in our thoughts and prayers. Many great memories of Harold. Wendy Miner ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Wendy Miner-Skellenger - IA

“Lois and family, So sorry to hear about Harold. He was such a great neighbor to my sister and husband. He will truly be missed. Nedra and Art ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Nedra Neville - Grinnell, IA

“Dear Mark and family,I was saddened to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Sandy Lichty - Waterloo, IA

“We will miss you at the toy shows ! Vern, Julie, Tony, Doug, Brandy, and little Brady Smith ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Tony Smith - Des Moines, IA

“The toy farming community has lost a good man ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Becky Hannemann - Assaria, KS


Harold D. Schlatter, age 79, of Grinnell, died on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

A celebration of his life will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015, at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Hazleton, Iowa.

Visitation will be held prior to his service beginning at 9:00 am. on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be designated to the Harold D. Schlatter Memorial Fund, mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

Harold Dea Schlatter was born on Jan 16, 1936 at the family farm southwest of Hawkeye, Iowa to Carl A. and Ella (Guenther) Schlatter. He was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye by the Rev. E.W. Kramer. He attended Bethel #5 rural school and high school at Hawkeye and Randalia, graduating from Randalia High School on May 15, 1953. In January 1955, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country until November 1958, when he was honorably discharged. After being discharged, he began farming with his father on the Sumner family farm.

On June 20, 1959, he was united in marriage to Lois Kaune, who was his companion and best friend in their marriage of 55 years. To this union, six children were born Scott (Deb) of Lincoln, Nebraska; Mark (Shelley) of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Sheryl (Bryce) Harmon of Mason City, Iowa; Bruce (Julie) of Overland Park, Kansas; Brian (Kelli) of Duncanville, Alabama; and Blair (Anna) of North Richland Hills, Texas. They have been blessed with 12 grandchildren, 9 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.

During their marriage, Harold and Lois lived in Sumner, Oelwein, Northwood and Grinnell, Iowa. After farming for 10 years, he began selling farm equipment which he enjoyed very much. In 1988, his hobby of collecting farm toys became the family business. This adventure allowed them to travel and to meet people throughout the United States.

During his younger years, Harold served on the Hawkeye Church Council, Fayette County Farm Bureau Board, Paint Horse Club of Iowa and the Athletics Booster Club at Northwood Kensett High School.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald, in-laws Ivan and Mildred Kaune, brother- in- laws, Marvin, Robert, LaVerne and Daryl Kaune.

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