Harold Duane Boysen, 81

Published 8:08 am Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Harold Duane Boysen, 81

Harold Duane Boysen, 81, of Rochester, Minnesota, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.
Harold was born on Jan. 1, 1938, in Hayfield, Minnesota, to Merle and Howard Boysen. Harold grew up with seven other siblings on the farm just outside of Hayfield. In 1955, he graduated from Blooming Prairie High School. After graduating, Harold spent three years in the U.S. Army, where he was eventually shipped to the Marshall Islands for 14 months to assist with the Army’s atomic testing grounds program. In 1958, he worked as a mechanic in Austin, Minnesota, and later married Betty Barrows on April 3,1960, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams, Minnesota.

In 1962, Harold and Betty settled in Rochester, where Harold started working at IBM until he retired in 1991. It was during those years that Harold and Betty raised their two sons, Allan (Al) and Michael (Mike). He loved spending time with his family, instilling a strong work ethic along the way. Many evenings and weekends were spent outside doing various activities with his family such as playing ball, summer fishing trips and attending many sporting events. He loved to play cards and board games with his grandchildren.

He is survived and missed by his wife, Betty Boysen; two sons, Al (Tami) of Rochester and Mike Boysen (Cathy Mestad) of Pine Island, Minnesota; two sisters, Marlene Shafer of Kasson, Minnesota, and Evelyn Hertle of Rochester; one brother, Bob (Mary) Boysen of Austin; four grandsons, Andy, Jordan, Brady and Sam Boysen; step-grandson, Chandler Wilson of London, England; step-granddaughters, Heidi Mestad and Holly Mestad, both of Rochester; five step-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother and sister-in- law, Gene and Jean Boysen of Arizona; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Lavonne Boysen of Dodge Center, Minnesota; sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Tim Legred of Blue Earth, Minnesota; sister,
Dorothy Boysen of Austin; and two brothers-in-law, Arnold Hertle of Rochester and Cy Schaefer of Dodge Center.

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A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens at a later date. Memorials can be directed to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or Seasons Hospice. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Boysen family. To share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzvine.com .