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Harold Fosmo 03/04/2024

Harold Duane Fosmo, Jr., son of Harold Fosmo and Virgenia (Danielson) Fosmo, was born December 22, 1944. Harold passed away on March 4, 2024 after a prolonged illness. He attended all eight grades in the one-room school in Martell. He graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1963, and then attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, MN, graduating in June 1965.
He married his one love Connie Larson on August 26, 1965 at Rush River Lutheran Church. To this union, two daughters were born, Victoria and Corinna.
Harold traveled many paths over the years and learned many skills. If he could read a book about something, he could learn how to fix, build, or run it. His first interest was auto mechanics. He specialized in air-conditioning and wiring, and corvettes.
In 1966, knowing he would be drafted, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served 13 months in Vietnam as a radio operator, forward air controller, landing helicopters, assisting medics, climbing up and down mountains and through the jungles. He was on the last convoy to get through to Khe Sanh and was stuck there during the siege. His remaining enlistment was spent at Camp Pendleton in CA. He attained the rank of Sergeant.
Harold returned to school to become a certified police officer. His favorite job was being a police officer at UW-Stout in Menomonie. A severe injury in 1990 ended that pursuit.
He then took up woodworking and made cedar strip canoes, snowshoes, pendulum clocks, jewelry boxes, and other objects.
Harold was a charter member of the Eau Galle-Rush River Sportsman’s Club, Hancock Lodge in Ellsworth, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Forty and Eight. He enjoyed fishing, listening to 60s music, reading detective novels, watching television, and enjoying wildlife. He was very proud of his daughters and loved being a grandpa.  Harold is now able to run again without pain.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Virgenia; his in-laws, Erwin and Lois Larson; sister-in-law, Mary Nelson. Harold is survived by his wife, Connie; daughters, Victoria (Truman Johnson) Fosmo and Corinna Fosmo; grandsons, Brady and Torrey Johnson; sister-in-law, Letty Larson; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 2 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI. Visitation will also be on Thursday from 1-2 pm at the funeral home. Interment was in the Rush River Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording Harold’s service.


  • Joan Lantz Posted March 6, 2024 9:34 pm

    Viki I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you my sincerest condolences.

    • Vicki Fosmo Posted March 19, 2024 2:25 pm

      Thank You so much, Joan Lantz. Have thought of you and your family a lot these past months – very sorry for the loss of your sister.

  • Bruce and Karen Wolf Posted March 6, 2024 10:13 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss of your father (in law) Victoria and Truman, Our parents are so precious to us; their loss if so hard on us. Hugs and
    Prayers for you and your families at this difficult time.

    • Vicki Fosmo Posted March 19, 2024 2:28 pm

      Very Appreciative – Thank You so much, Karen and Bruce. We both had good visits with him in February, before he became dramatically weaker. That helps a little.

  • Neal Dimick Posted March 7, 2024 11:37 am

    So sorry for your loss, Connie, Vicki and Cori.

    • Vicki Fosmo Posted March 19, 2024 2:29 pm

      Thank You, Neal. My Mom and sister and Letty are all appreciative of you. Thank You!

  • Bonnie Jo Krauss Posted March 7, 2024 11:48 pm

    Dear Connie and family, I am so sorry to learn of Junior’s (Harold) passing. I remember him being a very nice, friendly, and caring perdon.
    My sympathy to all.

    Bonnie Krauss

    • Vicki Fosmo Posted March 19, 2024 2:31 pm

      That means a lot! Thank You from all of us. It has been daunting to try and honor him..enough. He wanted to go fishing one more time, but was too weak. Very Appreciative — Thank You so much.

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