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Harold W. Custer, 97, of Beaver Dam, and formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at his home.

To celebrate Harold's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam, WI. To honor Harold's life, funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Friday, June 16, 2017, with Pastor Bruce McMurray officiating. Military honors to be conducted by the Beaver Dam American Legion Post #146.

To celebrate Harold's life, visitation will also take place from 11:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:30 p.m., at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. To honor Harold's life, funeral services will follow at the Behr Funeral Home in Dubuque at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Harold was born to Garrie and Nellie (Hall) Custer in Altoona, Iowa on July 18, 1919.

Harold graduated and played football at Bondurant High School, in Iowa. Harold entered the US Army during WWII and served in the 753rd Tank Battalion, where he saw action in France, Germany, Sicily, and Africa. He received 6 bronze stars, a combat medal, and ribbon with bronze arrowhead, among others. After the war he settled in Dubuque, where he was united in marriage with Rita Mae Menadue on April 12, 1947, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. Harold was a hard worker, and was employed with John Deere for 30 years before his retirement in 1981. He was also very dedicated to the AMVETS, and was a lifelong member. Harold was an avid sports enthusiast, especially the Big 10. He was up on the news, and always knew the weather forecast and the price of gas. But most of all, Harold enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Harold is survived by

his wife of 70 years,
Rita Mae;

his children,
Gary (Lynn) Custer of Fuquay-Varina, NC,
Kathy (Mike) Pusateri of Dubuque, IA
and Sandy (Tom) Heiar of Beaver Dam, WI;

his sister,
Vera Rogers of Waterloo, IA;

his grandchildren;
Caleb (Diana) Custer, Luke Custer, Kristen (Ryan Fralish) Pusateri, Jarrod (Allison) Pusateri, Andrew (Kara Walen) Pusateri, Emily (James) Worth, Matthew (La Tara) Heiar, Blake (Brittney Schmidt) Heiar and Cody (Brittany Vossekuil) Heiar;

3 great-grandchildren,
Brynlee, Stella, and Maddox;

and several other relatives and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Dale "Glen" Custer.