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Harold C. Tufte May 28, 1906 - April 18, 2009

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CLARKFIELD -- Harold Conrad Tufte, 102, of Clarkfield, formerly of Granite Falls, died Saturday at the Clarkfield Care Center.

The service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarkfield Care Center. Burial will be in the Hazel Run Lutheran Cemetery.

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Visitation will be for a half hour before the service. Arrangements with Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls.

He was born May 28, 1906, in Hazel Run to Anund and Selma (Carlson) Tufte. He grew up in the Hazel Run area attending grade school in Hazel Run. He graduated from Granite Falls High School in 1924 and attended Minnesota College of Business in Minneapolis.

He worked in the Granite Falls and Hazel Run area as a grain buyer before enlisting in the National Guard. He served with the Battery A, 151st Field Artillery, receiving his honorable discharge in 1933. He moved to Minneapolis in 1942 and joined the Pipefitters Local 539, where he worked at the Cardle Ship Yards in Savage. He was sent by the union to Portsmouth, Ohio, to install boilers and heating plants at the first atomic energy plant. In 1954, he moved back to Minneapolis and was elected business manager of the Pipefitters Local 539, a position he held until he retired in 1968. He was a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, and the Zuhrah Shrine Temple of Minneapolis.

He married Stella Nesberg in 1976 and the lived in Granite Falls.

He is survived by nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers and one sister.

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