Harris Halstead


(Nov. 15, 1915 - May 8, 2018)

Rev. Harris Halstead, 102, of Montevideo, Minnesota, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo. 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at The United Methodist Church in Montevideo with Pastor Sam Kautz officiating. Interment will be held with the family at Fairview Cemetery in White, South Dakota. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

Harris Williams Halstead was born Nov. 15, 1915, to his parents Jesse and Rose (Williams) Halstead at their farm home near Webb, Iowa. He was baptized in the Brookings, South Dakota, Baptist Church.

Harris graduated from Brookings, South Dakota, High School and then attended a vocational school in Brookings to work with dairy products.  He attended Wessington Springs Junior College. He graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University at Mitchell, South Dakota, and also from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Harris was ordained as a Deacon and Elder and became a member in full connection in South Dakota Annual Conference.

Harris’ first appointment was to the “Little Brown Church on the Prairie” (near Pierre, South Dakota) in 1939. He served several United Methodist Churches in South Dakota. He was pastor of the United Methodist Church in Clarkfield and served as a substitute in many other area churches. Harris was a social worker at the Yellow Medicine County Welfare Department prior to becoming Administrator of The United Methodist Brookside Manor Retirement Home in Montevideo for 13 1/2 years. He retired in 1979.

Harris moved to Granite Falls where he enjoyed working on the yard and having flower and vegetable gardens in his retirement years. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. His final years were spent in Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo.

Harris was united in marriage to Martena Bowena Prevo on June 7, 1940, in White, South Dakota. Martena passed away on Feb. 16, 1992. They were married for 52 years. Harris then married Lucille Nelson on Nov. 27, 1992, and was married to her for 20 years.

Harris is survived by his son, Marlitt (Diane) Halstead of Powell; daughter, Rosalene (Danny) Mooney of Granite Falls, Minnesota; and son, Duane (Janet) Halstead of Montevideo. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-step-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife Martena; his second wife Lucille; his great-granddaughter Cynthia Halstead; his sister Beulah; and brothers, Russell, Orlo and Leonard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are respectfully requested. Memorials will be given to Asbury Seminary and the Montevideo United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo.