Elmer Harwood

Elmer Delbert Harwood, 91, a grocer in Humboldt for many years, died Saturday, July 4, 2009, at Rosewood Terrace in Vinita, Okla. He was a resident of Grand Lake, Okla., at the time of his death.
He was born Dec. 4, 1917, in Minneapolis, Minn. He spent his early years growing up on a ranch in Montana, before his family moved to Humboldt in 1925, where he was graduated from high school in 1937. He married Marjorie Casper on May 25, 1942. They celebrated their 68th year of marriage in May.
He served his country during World War II in General Patton’s Third Army and earned all five battle stars of the European campaign.
After the war he returned to Humboldt and successfully operated a grocery store until he went to work at Monarch Cement Co. in 1959. Harwood retired from Monarch in August 1979. The Harwoods became fixtures in the Grand Lake community over the next 30 years. He worked various jobs at Arrowhead Yacht Club and the Ketchum United Methodist Church, almost until the time of his death.
He loved boats, boating and Grand Lake. He bought his first place there in 1953.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Dale.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one sister, Hazel Parsons, of Waco, Texas; three sons, Dan and his wife, Darlene, Owasso, Okla., Robert and his wife, Susan, Chanute, Joe of Grand Lake; four grandsons, a sister-in-law, Ardith Harwood, Atlanta; two granddaughters, one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter; a sister-in-law Ardith Harwood of Atlanta, Ga.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ketchum United Methodist Church in Afton, Okla. Military rites and interment will follow at the McLaughlin Cemetery near Cleora, Okla.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Luginbuel South Grand Lake Funeral Home of Langley, Okla.
The family requests memorials be made to the Ketchum United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.honoringmemories.com.