Harry Melvin Pool was born on August 27th, 1925 in Montrose Minnesota in Wright County. He was a lifetime resident of Independence in Hennepin County. Harry passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in his home on July 29, 2012, after a courageous and long struggle with kidney failure and other health issues.
Harry is survived by his wife Lola, son Stephen, daughter-in-law Jackie, and grandsons, Jacob, Stephen, and Jonah. Harry is also survived by his brother Robert (Bonnie) Pool Jr., sister-in-law Ione Link, and brother in laws, Kermit Dietrich, Larry (Sheri) Hafften, Lauren (Kathleen) Hafften and his closest friend Lance Gyllenblad. Harry’s siblings were Ralph Pool, Lauren Todd Pool, Robert Bob Pool Jr., Joyce Pool Bengston, Betty Pool Dietrich.
Harry’s family would like to express special gratitude to his personal physician Dr. Prasanna Prasanna who was and is a great comfort.
Harry met the love of his life, Lola Hafften, when they attended the country school on County Road 11 in rural Maple Plain, close to the family farms where they both grew up. Lola became his loving and devoted wife and they recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. Harry and Lola had a daughter, Paulette Lynn Pool, who they lost after several months. They later had a son, Stephen Harry Pool, who farmed with his dad from childhood into adulthood and was his partner in various business ventures throughout the years. Harry was a dairy farmer for most of his adult life and then had a successful real estate career. His passion for politics and community service led him to run for public office and he served as the Mayor of the City of Independence for many years.
Harry’s greatest passion throughout his life was fishing and hunting. Of the two, he loved fishing and talking about fishing the most. He never let a little one get away.
He is now at peace with his Lord and Savior.
We will miss him dearly.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Delano Evangelical Free Church with a gathering of family and friends from 1 to 2 p.m. in the church prior to the services.