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David John Harpenau

February 16, 1949 — September 6, 2022

David John Harpenau, age 73 of Remsen, IA. passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Sioux Falls, SD.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, IA with Father Timothy Pick officiating and Deacon Doug Heeren assisting.  Burial will be at a later date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Remsen, Iowa.  Visitation with family present will be 4-6p.m. on Friday, there will be a parish rosary and vigil prayer service at 5 p.m. all at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.  Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.  Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.


Dave was born on Feb. 16, 1949 the son of Tony and Loretta (Warborg) Harpenau in Le Mars, IA.  He was raised near Remsen and received his education at St. Mary’s Catholic School, graduating in 1967.  He then joined the Air National Guard.  

On Jan. 30, 1971 he married Jeanne Gengler at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Oyens, IA.  The couple made their home on a farm near Remsen.


Dave was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and past member of Catholic Order of Foresters.  He enjoyed farming, red tractors, Pabst Blue Ribbon, John Wayne, watching westerns, playing cards and driving around crop checking.  He was a social butterfly and always helped if someone was in need.  He loved his family.


Survivors include, his wife Jeanne of Remsen; his four children, Jenn (Keith) Herold of Fort Atkinson, IA, Tony (Deb) Harpenau of Salix, IA, Chad (Jill) Harpenau of Le Mars, IA, Melissa (Jeremy) Jensen of Remsen, IA; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry (Marlene) Harpenau of Remsen, IA; two sisters, Florine (Duane) Majeres of Remsen, IA, Ruth (Steve) Heath of Plymouth, MN; one sister-in-law, Janice Harpenau of Remsen, IA; his in-laws, Bob (Marilyn) Gengler of Oyens, IA, Rick (Renee) Gengler of Port Orchard, WA, Lynnette Miller of Le Mars, IA; numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by, his parents, Tony & Loretta; his brother, Lloyd Harpenau; his in-laws, John & Lillian Gengler.


Casket bearers will be Jason Herold, Marcus Herold, Austin Jensen, Bryce Harpenau, Zackary Harpenau, William Harpenau & Lane Harpenau.


Honorary bearers will be Kylie Jensen, Brianna Jensen, Whitney Jensen, Lillian Harpenau, Kassidy Harpenau, Lydia Harpenau & Allyson Harpenau.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, September 9, 2022

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Fisch Funeral Home & Monuments

310 Fulton St, Remsen, IA 51050

There will be a parish rosary & vigil prayer service at 5 p.m.

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Funeral Service

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church

121 E 4th St, Remsen, IA 51050

Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home

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