Harold Henry Nearhood


March 19, 1925 - January 3, 2017



Harold Henry Nearhood was born March 19, 1925 at Ethan, SD to Ezra and Mabel (Dodd) Nearhood. He graduated from Ethan High School and then served in the US Army for two years. On July 26, 1948 he married Beverly Blacksten in Mitchell. They farmed near Ethan their entire life and Harold was also employed as an insurance agent for Farmers Union Insurance. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ethan, the Elks Lodge and the Farmers Union. Harold enjoyed playing cards and attending auction sales. He and Bev had traveled to every state, with the exception of Hawaii.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Beverly; four daughters: Nancy (Delmar) Mueller of Ethan, Patty (Len) Scheich of Mitchell, Wanda (Steve) Helmers of Rapid City and Stacey (Chris) Brophy of Denver, CO; one son, Bruce (Kim) Nearhood of Rapid City; fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by six sisters and one brother.


Friday, January 6, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 6:30 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, January 7, 2017
10:00 AM
United Methodist Church
Ethan, South Dakota


Hillcrest Cemetery
Ethan, South Dakota

Posted by Don & Judy (Backlund) Gohl on January 7, 2017
Beverly and family--We were sorry to hear that Harold had passed away. I will always remember him as having a quiet manner and a smile on his face. You will miss him, but keep your memories close and he will live in your hearts forever. Love, Judy and Don
Posted by Tom Anderson on January 5, 2017
Bruce and the Near hood family:

My deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. May your memories sustain you today, tomorrow, and always.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Tom Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD (formerly Rapid City)
Posted by Michele Schoenfelder-Cox on January 4, 2017
My heartfelt sadness for all of yiu. I will always remember your father for his kindness and gentle spirit. May the eternal light of Jesus shine upon him.
Posted by Delbert & DeAnna Hiemstra on January 4, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to Beverly and children Nancy, Patty , Wanda , Stacey and Bruce. I know your father was very proud of all of you and your extended families.
Posted by Falyn Reinfeld on January 4, 2017
Derek- Nearhood Family
Sorry for your loss, ur family is in my prayers
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