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Harvey N. Gapp

Harvey Gapp obit photoHarvey Gapp, age 91, of Huron, died June 4, 2008, at the Huron Nursing Home.  His memorial service was 11 AM Monday, June 9th at the American Lutheran Church with the Rev. Steven Brandsrud officiating. A private burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Harvey Gapp Scholarship Fund at James Valley Christian School, 290 21st St SW #101, Huron, SD 57350. 

Harvey Nelson Gapp was born November 22, 1916, to Edward and Sarah (Nelson) Gapp at his parents’ farm in Adams County, North Dakota, across the state line from Lemmon, South Dakota.   He attended rural school in North Dakota until his family moved to Lemmon.  In 1933, Harvey graduated from Lemmon High School. 

On January 11, 1941, Harvey married Gertrude Allgier at the Lutheran parsonage at Webster, South Dakota.

Harvey was a salesman for the Nash Finch Company in Aberdeen, transferring to Huron Grocery, a branch of Nash Finch, as assistant manager for a total of six years.  In January 1949, he started working for Huron Steel Structures, owned by Jerry Brodsky.   Harvey later purchased the company in 1953.

Many steel buildings in Huron and surrounding areas were designed and erected by Harvey.  Included are churches in Bruce, Willow Lake, Emmanuel south of Doland and the former Christian Science in Huron; sale barns in Winner, Highmore, Lemmon; three rural schools including James Valley Christian School and gym that was flooded near Lake Byron; fire halls in Miller and Redfield; many co-op stations; and car dealerships in Huron and Pierre.  Huron Steel also sold many irrigation systems.  Harvey designed and built Prairie Villa Mobile Home Park, which he owned for six years.  He retired in 1981, selling Huron Steel to Larry Greff, who worked for him at the time. 

Harvey was a member of American Lutheran Church, Huron Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, and past member of Huron Sertoma, Huron Lions and United Commercial Travelers.

Harvey enjoyed playing cards until his eyesight was lost.  He also relished in teaching his grandchildren to drive.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, two in infancy and Albert and his wife, Markey Gapp; and one sister, Crystal and her husband, Walter Monson.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 67 years, Gertrude of Huron; one daughter, Lynda Homa and her special friend, Steve Liebbrand of Carthage, Missouri;  Lynda’s children, Colene Homa and Josh of Kansas City, Missouri, Amy (John) Ralston and Joseph and Thomas of Weirton, West Virginia, Mike Homa of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan (Jay) Dawson and Cole and Elle of Saranac Lake, New York; one son, Dr. Thomas Gapp and his wife, Linda of Lincoln, Nebraska; Thomas’ children, Charlotte Gapp of Brooklyn, New York, Laura (Jonathan) Aten of Lincoln, Nebraska and Jon Gapp of Lincoln, Nebraska; one son-in-law, Dr. Dan Homa of Bradford, Pennsylvania; faithful friends, Floyd Kopfmann and Renada, Bill, Marissa and Bryan Cahill; and seven nieces and one nephew.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Harvey Gapp Scholarship Fund at James Valley Christian School.  While Harvey owned Huron Steel Structures he built their first school and gym in 1972 near Lake Byron.  Huron Steel Structures also built the present school in Huron, under the ownership of Larry Greff.


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