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Harvey A. Straw

1923 ~ 2019 (age 96)
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Harvey A. Straw, 96, a longtime Crookston MN resident and businessman, passed away early Friday morning, July 5, 2019, at the RiverView Care Center in Crookston, with family at his side.

Harvey was born in Forsyth, Montana, on March 14, 1923, to William Roy and Gertrude Marie (Johnson) Straw. Harvey was raised in Forsyth, MT, along with his brother, William “Bill” and sister, Myrtle.  He graduated from Forsyth High School and went on to make his career in the retail grocery business.  Harvey met his beloved wife of 58 years, Darleen, in Riverdale, ND, and they were married on July 3, 1952.  The couple lived in Riverdale, Fargo/Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks, and Grand Forks.

The Straw family moved to Crookston in 1968, where Harvey managed the Red Owl grocery store.  He went on to purchase a neighborhood grocery store in the Sampson Addition of Crookston in 1976 and ran it as “Harvey’s Market”. He was joined in the operation of the store by wife Darleen, their eldest son, Lee, and the rest of the family until 1997. In retirement the couple made his home at Erskine.

Harvey loved life, the grocery business, his wife, children, grandchildren, friends, and people in general.  He was a friend to everyone, and a stranger to none.  His hobbies included playing cards, telling jokes, fishing, hunting, and golfing.  Harvey loved his family and his Montana roots, but was proud to call Minnesota home.

Harvey was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 873 in Crookston; and the Rodnes Lutheran Church in Erskine, MN.

Harvey is survived by his children; Lee (Laurie) Straw of Bemidji, Minnesota, Susan (Brad) Straw Naffziger of Tampa, FL, Patty Straw of Grand Forks, ND, and William (Jennifer) Straw of East Grand Forks, MN; grandchildren, Hannah Straw of Fargo, ND, Haydn Harmon, Zachary Straw, and Liam Harmon all of Grand Forks, Brandan and Robert Naffziger of Tampa, Sally Palmer of St. Paul, MN, Emily Perreault of Mount Vernon, Iowa and Joey Palmer of Grand Forks; sister and brother-in-law, Sandra (James) Swenberg of Chapel Hill, NC; cousins, Lee and Owen Johnson and Andrea (Jason) Pederson of Forsyth, MT; nephew, Daniel (Jen) Swenberg of NJ; and niece, Heather (Jason) Craft of NC.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Darleen, who passed away in 2010; brother, William “Bill” Straw; and sister, Myrtle Bay; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service for Harvey Straw was held at 2PM, Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Deacon Dennis Bivens as homilist.


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