Harley Lee Waagmeester, Sr.
November 19, 1930 ~ August 4, 2019
Harley L. Waagmeester, Sr. 88, rural Brandon, died Sunday, August 4, 2019, at home following a short battle with cancer.
Visitation will be 1:30pm, Friday, August 9, 2019, at Grandview Covenant Church, (1114 – 140th St.) Larchwood, IA. Memorial Services will be 2:30pm with Full Military Honors to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sioux Falls Humane Society or the American Heart Association in Harley’s honor.
Harley Lee Waagmeester was born November 19, 1930, in rural Lester, IA, to William and Thelma (Danish) Waagmeester. The family moved to Sioux Falls where he grew up and attended Washington High School before heading to the Navy to serve in the Korean conflict. Upon his completion of duty in October 1955, Harley headed back to Sioux Falls. On November 30, 1956, Harley married Ruth Marie McGloghlon in Sioux Falls. He had already begun his business in demolition as General Excavation, where he remained until his retirement in 1996.
Harley was not one to sit still. In 1970, he attained his private pilots’ license which led to four different planes and a private runway on the farm. He was a member of the “Horseless Carriage Club” with several different cars that he collected. Most lately, Harley was involved in Hamm Radios. Harley could not be remembered without his love for animals. The number of Black Labs over the years included Astro, Clyde, Boo, and Rocky and will be remembered by anyone who visited Harley.
Harley will be deeply missed by his four children, Harley Waagmeester, Jr, Phoenix, AZ, Debra (Russell) Kooistra, Hills, MN, Barbara (Ken) Murdock, Maple Valley, WA, and Gary Waagmeester, Brandon, SD; four grandchildren, Zachariah, Shelby, Chelsea, and Alexa; three great-grandchildren, Rhett, River, and one soon to be born; and three siblings, Marilyn Anderson, Sioux Falls, Marcia Johnson, Whittier, CA, and Muriel (long time friend Larry) Rhinehart, Chino, CA.
Harley was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthie; his parents, William and Thelma; and two brothers, Ivan “Woody” and Ronald.