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Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church
Monday January 16th, 2017
4:00am - 4:00am

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Tuesday January 17th, 2017
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Rick Paul Harpenau

Rick Harpenau, 51 years old, of Remsen, IA, died after a courageous 3 year battle with cancer on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen with Father William McCarthy officiating and Deacon Rick Roder assisting. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Remsen. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus Rosary, along with a 4th degree chalice presentation all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen. Visitation will resume Tuesday morning from 9:30 until service time at the church.

Rick was born June 3, 1965 to Paul Harpenau and Mary Lou (Vondrak) Harpenau Gergeni at Sacred Heart Hospital in LeMars, IA. He was raised in Remsen and attended St. Mary’s High School graduating in 1983. Throughout the years, he was employed at Muller’s Furniture, helped his parents at the Bonanza Car Wash, Harker’s Inc. and later went to school in Jackson, MN at Southwest Technical College graduating in 1994 with his Electrical Utility Technician with A.A.S. diploma. In Aug. 1988 he married Jan Miller. The couple made their home in Remsen until 1992 when they both went to school in Minnesota. Upon graduation they moved to Anoka and started working at Anoka Electric, later Connexus Energy which he worked for 8 years. They moved back to Remsen and he began working at Nipco in LeMars in Nov. 2000 and continued to work as control operator until the present date.

Rick was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing, driving his 1964 Thunderbird, spending time with family, going to community activities, working on various home improvement projects, watching American Pickers, being active in the K of C’s and being a volunteer in the community. He was always concerned about others even when he was battling cancer he liked praying for others.

Rick is survived by his wife, Jan of Remsen; his son, Chris (Morgan) Harpenau of Sioux City, IA, his daughter, Stacy (Cody) Heeren of Remsen, IA; his father, Jim Gergeni of LeMars, IA; his siblings, Nick (Anita) Harpenau of Fairborn, OH, Terry (Debbie) Harpenau of Beavercreek, OH, Kelly (Tony) Schmidt of Alton, IA, Roberta (Ken) Bundy of LeMars, IA, Jan Shirley of Scottsdale, AZ; sisters-in-law, Pam (Tim) Brownmiller of LeMars, IA, Susen Miller of Ada, MN, Diann (Rick) Prussia of Hendrum, MN, Sharon Gregor of Mora, MN; brother-in-law, Bob (Gina) Miller of Twin Valley, MN; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by: parents, Paul & Mary Lou, mother and father-in-law, Russ & Janice Miller, and brother-in-law, Ross Miller.

Casket bearers will be Kevin Muhm, Keith Schiltz, Tim Hansen, Marc Scheitler, Nick Nemmers and Bill Wolf.

Honorary bearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus

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Thank you , for all that you've done for me. At that time i was so young i knew very little about things and you and your family've helped me a lot. I miss you all so much. I wish i saw you again and we would talked about life. Thanks again for a wonderful one year experi...

Tortrakul Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

May this dear family find strength and solace in knowing that you have all been invited by "the God of all comfort," Jehovah, to "throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you." (2 Corinthians 15:26; 1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 83:18) Please accept my sincerest condolenc...

Aries Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire Harpenau family. God bless you all.

Dale Bennett Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with you, Jan, Stacy and Chris; We were friends with Paul and Lou and watched the kids grow up; His parents were wonderful people of great faith who passed that on to their children; He was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed but he is with the ang...

Joyce Draayer Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Rick and Jan, Stacy and Chris were family to us when we all lived in Anoka MN. Our kids were constant companions during that time and we cherish and treasure the memories we all have. Never would anyone find a more kind steadfast friend than Rick. We were so lucky to have...

Barbara Alldaffer Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to Rick's family on your loss. Special thoughts to Jim Gergeni and Nick, Terry and Kelly as we remember your parents--Paul and Lou. Our prayers are with you.

Bruce and Jane Elliott Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM