OBITUARY

Harold P. Molnes

April 1, 1928January 5, 2019
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On January 5, 2019 Harold P. Molnes loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather passed away at the age of 90. Harold was born on April 1, 1928 to Harold and Alice Molnes in Neenah, Wisconsin. Harold spent his young life being raised in England and in 1949 joined the United States Army in France. On August 4, 1952 He married Eugenie Molnes and raised 3 sons, Michael, Timothy, and Terrey before her passing in 2000. Harold Served in the US Army for 27 years rising to the Rank of Command Sergeant Major. He served in Germany, Ft. Hood, Served one tour in Vietnam, and one year Hardship Deployment in Korea. Throughout his career he received many medals and honors to include The Bronze Star. After retirement from the Army, Harold began a career with the Army Corp of Engineers, where he was a Safety Inspector for 21 years. Harold and Marlene Molnes were married on March 23, 2002 and enjoyed many happy years together. Harold loved Football and the Dallas Cowboys, but his favorite hobby was restoring classic mustangs. Harold is preceded in Death by his father Harold and his mother Alice, His Wife Eugenie Molnes, Son Timothy Molnes, and Sisters Mimi and Sylvia. Harold is survived by his wife Marlene Molnes, Sons, Michael Molnes and Wife Peggy, Terrey Molnes and Wife Brandi. Daughter in Law Tracy Molnes. Grandchildren, Michael Molnes and wife Stacy, Melanie Molnes , Taytum Molnes, Kayla Flewelling and Husband Brien, Erin Woodruff, and Husband Eric, Riley Molnes, and Cooper Molnes. Great Grandchildren, Cotey Molnes, Rhett Turner, Rigel Flewelling, McKinley Woodruff and Kyler Woodruff. The family would like to send a special Thank you to the staff at Hill County Nursing and Rehab and also to Dr. Karen Harrison and staff for their care during the years Harold was with them. A private family service was held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

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  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
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Biography

      “Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Harold P. Molnes, it summarized in every way who he was. He was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around him and always thinking before acting. He was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything he did. He was a friendly person who truly cared about those around him.

      Harold was born on April 1, 1928 at Neenah, Wisconsin in Neenah, Wisconsin. He was the son of Harold and Alice. Raised in England, he was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, he learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that he would carry with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Harold was always aware of how others around him felt and this quality served him well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Harold was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Harold was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate, Harold also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. Harold was raised with 2. Meme and Syliva. Harold was constantly involved in activities with his family. Harold and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Harold was a good father to his children. He had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because he trusted emotions, Harold was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way he seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around him, always thinking before acting. In addition, Harold was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around him might be, he seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Harold was blessed with 3, Mike-oldest, Tim-Middle, and Terrey-Youngest. They were also blessed with 6 grandchildren, Michael, Melanie, Kayla, Erin, Riley and Cooper.

      If you gave Harold a deadline, he would meet it. At work, Harold was always on task. Without hesitation, Harold could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. His primary occupation was U S Army 27 years 2 months and Army Corp of Engineers 21 years. During that time, Harold excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. He was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Harold was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Harold had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. He was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

      Harold was an US Army Combat Engineer. He seemed to thrive on the routines offered up by the military. Being a literal thinker with a calm exterior helped him handle the rigors of the military. He was in the 49-55 stationed in Germany, 56 discharged and reenlisted and station back to Germany, 61 stationed to Fort Hood to 63 back to Germany, 66 stationed back to Fort Hood. Harold saw action for one tour in Vietnam 68-69. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Command Sergeant Major.

      Harold liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Harold's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Harold preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were restoring old Mustangs. Harold was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying his hobbies all by himself and could often be found just reading about his favorite pastimes.

      While thorough and measured in his approach to things, Harold often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. He was like that with sports. He also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, he was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were footbal and the Dallas Cowboys.

      An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, his faith was important to Harold. His compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in his personal beliefs. He was a member Prodistant.

       Harold was as loyal to his pets as they were to him.

      When Harold's retirement finally arrived in Army in 1976 and Corp 2003, he was well prepared. He had taken the time to learn about his various options and chose his course wisely. His new life involved relocating to Fort Hood. In retirement, he found new pleasure in restoring Mustangs. Even in retirement, Harold continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

      Harold passed away on January 5, 2019 at Hill Country Nursing & Rehab. He is survived by wife Marlene, sons Mike & Terrery, 6 granchildren & 6 great grandchildren. Harold was laid to rest in Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Harold was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Harold was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of man to whom everyone was drawn. He was thorough and practical. Harold Molnes was very literal with his words. You always knew where you stood with Harold. He will be missed.