Harvey Straw – Obit

Harvey A. Straw, age 96, passed on to his Heavenly home on Friday, July 5, 2019 with his loving family by his side.  Harvey had been a resident at the Memory Care Center at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, MN, since 2010.  A Memorial service will be held, Saturday, July 13th, at 2:00 PM at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, with Deacon Denny Bevins officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.   Arrangements are with Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston.

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

The Straw family moved to Crookston in 1968, where Harvey was managing the Red Owl grocery store.  He went on to purchase the neighborhood grocery store, “Harvey’s Market” in the Sampson Addition in Crookston in 1976. He proudly operated the store with his wife Darleen, eldest son Lee, and the rest of the family until 1997.

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, although his home was in Minnesota.

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

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

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Darleen (2010); one brother, William (Bill); one sister, Myrtle Bay, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.