Howard Applen
Howard Applen
Howard Carl Applen died peacefully Jan. 8, 2013, at the Harmony Healthcare Center.

Howard Carl Applen, son of Carl and Clara (Sanden) Applen, was born Jan. 13, 1918, in Bradley, S.D. As a small child, he moved with his family to the Harmony, area, where they had purchased a farm. Howard attended Wilton Center country school and Harmony High School.

On Oct. 28, 1942, he married Thelma Busse in Canton, Minn. Into this union were born four children: Carolynn (Pat) DiTrocchio of Niota, Tenn., Roger (Nancy) Applen of Rochester, Minn., Kathryn (Stan) Eide of Harmony, and Lana (Glenn) Soppa of Harmony.

In 1946 the couple purchased a farm northeast of Harmony, where they raised their four children. In 1977 they moved into Harmony and Howard continued to farm for several years.

Howard served as president and agent of Harmony Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. for many years, and was a longtime member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellow (IOOF) Lodge and a past district deputy president of IOOF. He was a member of Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony and served on the church council. Howard also volunteered at Harmony Healthcare Center helping residents play bingo. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, golfing, and shaking dice with coffee friends.

He is survived by his wife; four children; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Gladys Bigalk, two nephews, one niece, and one great-grandson.

The funeral service was Friday, Jan. 11, at the Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony was in charge of arrangements.