Harold A. Stetson, age 87, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 2nd, 2020

StetsonHarold Alexander Stetson, born April 10,1932, in Ramsayville, Ontario, Canada passed peacefully at his home in Lombard, Illinois, surrounded by family on December 30, 2019.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, January 10th from 3 – 8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 11th at 10:30 AM at First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Main St, Lombard. Interment private at Forest Hill Cemetery, Glen Ellyn.

Harold was raised to value faith and family and learned at an early age the value of hard work, persistence and loyalty.  The fourth of eight siblings, he was a skilled peacemaker and ever patient.  In 1952, he wed his childhood sweetheart, Grace Elizabeth Walkem.  Soon after, they moved to the United States where Harold worked to put himself through college at Eastern Nazarene in Quincey, Massachusetts, where his daughter, Suzanne Joy, and son, Harold David, were born.  Harold was employed by Textron which transferred him and his family to Ohio in 1961 and then to Lombard, Illinois in 1969.  He started his own business, Stetson and Associates, continuing his successful career in fastener sales.  He ultimately became a partner in Valley Fastener Group, LLC, and retired in 2003, after spending nearly 50 years in the fastener industry.  He was highly respected for his marketing and sales skills, technical knowledge and ability to provide customers with engineering solutions to their fastener or assembly equipment problems. He was an excellent teacher of his craft, and a role model to many.

Harold was an active member of the church throughout his life, and always played a starring role in the church choir with his beautiful tenor voice.  His faith in God was his anchor, and he demonstrated what it means to live a Christ-centered life.  He was always quick to offer a helping hand or an encouraging word and never passed judgment.  He remained an avid student of history and politics throughout his life and loved to read and travel the world with his family and friends.  He enjoyed watching hockey, especially the Chicago Blackhawks, and cheering on the Cubs. In recent years, Harold became a self-proclaimed “Florida boy” where he enjoyed a respite from the bitter Chicago winters.

Above all else, Harold was deeply committed to his family, especially his beloved wife of 67 years, Grace Stetson.  He was the leader of his family, a pillar of calm and strength, and the quintessential role model.  He was an adoring father, grandfather and great grandfather, and loved his siblings, as well as members of his extended family and dear friends.

He leaves behind his wife Grace, his daughter Suzanne and her husband Jay Hoffman, his son Harold David Stetson and his wife Mary Sue; his grandchildren: Scott Stetson and wife Kari, Elizabeth Hoffman Schmeltz and her husband Bobby, Jim Stetson, Bill Stetson, Kristen Hoffman Anderson and her husband Austin; great grandchildren: Thora and Indigo Stetson, and Jack Schmeltz; his dear siblings: Bill, Fraser, and Dorothea Stetson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his loving parents Harold Edwin and Lola Mildred (Boyd) Stetson, and his cherished siblings Donald, Marion, Harvey, and Glenn Stetson.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be given in Harold’s honor to either of the two churches that were most meaningful to Harold.

First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148 or New Life Lutheran Church, 8010 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34240

Visit www.brustfuneralhome.com or call 888-629-0094 for information.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Colleen Stetson says:

    We have fond memories of many family trips to visit Uncle Harold, Aunt Grace, Suzanne, and “little” Harold. We regret that our family will not be present to embrace you, support you, and give you our deepest sympathies. Love to you all.

    Colleen and Bonnie (nieces)

  2. Peter Kalivas says:

    Will be missed.My deepest condolences. May his memory be internal. I lost my big gray elephant. The donkey is alone and in morning
    Pete at Lexington

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