Harley Wahl, age 91 of Lake Shetek passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Murray County Medical Center in Slayton. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2 at Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home and will continue for one hour prior to the service at church on Thursday. Interment is in Willow Lake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Tracy. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Harley Otto Wahl was born to Samuel and Amelia (Wenzel) Wahl at home in Murray County, Minnesota on February 19, 1931. He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fulda, and confirmed in the spring of 1945. He attended grade school in country school district 54, and then attended 7th and 8th grades at Lutheran Parochial school in Fulda. He then attended Fulda High School, graduating in 1949. Harley worked as a hired hand for a farmer and at Toro Lawn Mower plant in Windom following graduation. He entered the U.S. Army in April 1952 and was stationed at Fort Knox, KY and Camp Pickett VA. He was honorably discharged in April 1954, having served in the 3rd Armored Cavalry division. He then worked for 2 years at the Peter J. Schweitzer Flax Straw plant in Windom, and then began farming. On June 3, 1956, Harley was united in marriage to Jane Carr of Spirit Lake, IA. They farmed in the Dundee, Storden, Walnut Grove, and Currie areas. To this union, 4 children were born. Over the years, Harley worked many part time jobs along with farming. He worked for a TV installer, ASCS office, auction barns and as a self-employed carpenter. He was active in the community as a Sunday school Superintendent, Cub Scout leader, 4H leader, Lion’s Club, township supervisor for Holly township and was very active in the American Legion both locally and at district level. He served in many church offices at English Lutheran in Walnut Grove, Willow Lake Lutheran and Lake Sarah Lutheran Churches. Harley loved going to auctions, dancing, reading, and woodworking, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Harley is survived by his wife, Jane; daughter Becky (Mark) of Rapid City, SD; daughter-in-law Gwen; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother DuWayne of Las Vegas, NV; 3 sisters: Marlene of New Ulm, and Marilyn and JoAnn both of Windom; and many nieces and nephews. Harley is now reunited with his parents, 3 sons: Dennis, Bruce, and Dan, and brothers: Donald, Kenneth, Rodney, and Arlyn.