Harry Otto Christian
NEW ULM — Harry Otto Christian, born in New Ulm on January 19, 1934, to Adolph and Marie (Kollmann) Christian, died peacefully surrounded by family on February 10, 2018, at the age of 84, after courageously battling cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 15, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4 – 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 7:30 – 10 a.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm.
Harry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Wech) Christian. Together they raised four children. Three daughters, Mary Jo (Rick) Zupfer, Patti (Bryon Ubl) Groebner, and Paulette (Doug) Kral, and one son, David (Deb) Christian. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren: Peter Zupfer, Sarah Goettl, Ryan Christian, David Groebner, Scott Kral, Jenny Krohn, Joey Kral, Katie Christian, Kylee Christian, Mitchell Christian, Brad Meyer and David Meyer. “Papa Harry” is also survived by fifteen great grandchildren: Josef, Evelyn, Jaxon, Jasen, Harald Otto, Charlie, Carter, Quinn, Jeffrey, Brooke, Mason, Matthew, Nathan, Jacob, and Claire. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Marie; his sister, Rosemary (Eddie) Groebner; his brother, Walter; and by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary (Fleck) and Clarence Wech.
Harry graduated from New Ulm Public High School, and served four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was employed at Kraft Foods prior to becoming the owner and operator of Christian Construction. After selling his business, he worked part-time at Puhlmann Lumber until enjoying full-time retirement.
He was a member of the New Ulm Fire Department for twenty years, a charter member of the American Legion, a member of the Flying Dutchman Club, and the St. Joseph Society. He was co-founder and first president of the original New Ulm Hockey Association.
Harry was an avid hunter, fisherman, craftsman, card player, sports enthusiast, and gardener. Family and friends enjoyed his fish fries and story telling. Most of all, he enjoyed visits from his grandchildren, and playing with his great grandchildren.
Memorials are preferred to New Ulm Area Catholic Schools, New Ulm Fire Department, or New Ulm Allina Hospice.
Forever in our hearts.