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Harold N. Luthi June 3, 1925 - Feb. 24, 2009

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MORRIS -- Harold Noah Luthi, 83, of Morris, died Tuesday at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Apostolic Christian Church, rural Morris. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church.

He was born June 3, 1925 in Horton Township, Stevens County, to William and Minnie (Schlupp) Luthi. He attended School District 16 through the eighth grade and then worked on the family farm with his father and brothers. He was drafted into the Army in 1945 and served as a medic and cook in the Mariana Islands and Saipan until his discharge in 1946. In 1950, he started farming with one brother and in 1958 he purchased the Christian Luthi farm where he farmed with another brother.

He married Bernice Bruland on July 3, 1954. He attended the Apostolic Christian Church. He served on numerous boards including: the Rural School Board, the Morris Area School Board, the Barnes-Aastad Association Board, the Minnesota State Corn Promotion Council, the Irrigation Association Board, the University of Minnesota West Central Experiment Station Advisory Board, the Soil and Water Conservation District Board and the Stevens Community Medical Board of Directors. He participated in the Stevens and Pope County Ground Water Study and served as a mediator for the State of Minnesota during the farm crisis in the mid-1980s. He served on the U.S. Feed and Grain Council and was involved in a fact-finding mission to Indonesia, South Korea and Australia. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a Pioneer Seed salesman for 35 years.

His is survived by his wife; four children: Daniel (and Christine) Luthi of Morris, Carol (and Dale) Richter of Maplewood, Daryl Luthi of Morris and Rita (and Larry) Bye of Cyrus; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; stepmother: Lillie Luthi of Morris; siblings: Raymond (and Violet) Luthi of Lamar, Mo., Reuben (and Chrystol) Luthi of Morris, Violet Wulf of Morris, Wilma (and Clyde) Kuntz of Gridley, Ill., and Lillian (and Howard) Mogler of Alvord, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

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