Harold F. Nauta, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Harold was the son of Henry and Ruth Nauta, and was born in rural Marathon County on April 8, 1930.
He graduated from Antigo High School in 1948 and lived in Birnamwood for more than 65 years, where he enjoyed the company of his many friends and relatives.
He is survived by a son, William, Washington Island; a son, Robert, Oregon, Wis., and his brother, Dale, Grafton. Harold had one granddaughter, Sarah Nauta-Meakin of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and two great-grandsons. Harold ws married to Patricia Damp from 1950-63, and married Mavis Humblet on Dec. 19, 1964. They were married until Mavis’ death in 2007.
Harold served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was a lifelong member of the Darling Gunderson American Legion Post 341, Birnamwood. Harold had a long career as a truck driver, starting by transporting German prisoners of war during World War II, followed by many years hauling cattle, grain, fuel and tires.
His family would like to thank his close friends for their friendship and support, particularly Mavis’ nieces and nephews, who provided such great support for him over the years.
The immediate family will have a private burial and hope to have a celebration of Harold’s life with his family and friends in the spring, in anticipation of safer conditions for a public gathering. In lieu of cards and flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Darling Gunderson American Legion Post 341, Birnamwood.
Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and messages of support may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.