Denny Edwin Lee Harnstrom, age 69, passed away peacefully, Tuesday June 7th, 2021, at his home in Hackensack, Minnesota. In his final days he was surrounded by his family. Denny was so loved and received comfort and support from the community and from family and friends near and far. Denny was a spiritual and principled man with a heart of gold. His desire was to make a good name with God. This was reflected in action from being a single father, a devoted husband, and a caregiver for his father, step-father, and mother. He put the needs of others first while enduring chronic illness his entire life. Denny looked forward to the fulfillment of God’s will where he promises to “wipe away our tears…death will be no more, neither mourning or pain… He will make all things new.” Revelation 21:4,5
He loved his career as a chief engineer. In Minnesota he worked for Honey Well, Alpine Air, the Bank of America and Wells Fargo data processing center, and Medtronic’s. He moved on to California where he spent most of his career taking care of buildings for GTE, Verizon, and Baxter Science. He was gifted mechanically as well as with computer technology. He had to know how everything worked and loved sharing his knowledge with his crew. He took pride in teaching and helping others advance in their field. He loved his crew like family and has had a life long relationship with them.
Denny had a need for speed. He loved fast cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats four wheelers and racing down ski slopes. He had no fear racing his 2002 Z06 Corvette at BIR. His favorite sound was the rumble of his 1941 Willys Coup. Aside from all things fast, he loved fishing. From fly-fishing in Montana to the lakes in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He eagerly shared his passion with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his baby girl Melody, his father Jim, his stepfather Themeo, his beloved Grandma and Grandpa Finckler and several aunts, uncles, and dear friends that he would mention in his prayers with gratitude.
Those left behind to love and remember him are his wife; Carmen, daughter; Amy, mother; Dolores, dog; Hunter, sisters; Julie and Christine, brother; George, grandsons; Brandon and Blaine, nephews; Joshua and Zachary and their children, several aunties, cousins, and friends he opened his heart to and loved dearly.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, July 25, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 at the Green Scene in Walker, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to: Faith in Action PO Box 512 Hackensack, MN 56452 or Hackensack Fire and Rescue 231First Street North Hackensack, MN 56452
Denny’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com
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