North High School Wall of Honor
Harold L. Pedersen
Class of January, 1935
Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953.
Harold L. Pedersen
Harold was a member of North High class of January, 1935. His next of kin is shown as Tones L. Pedersen, 2004 Washington Avenue, Des Moines, IA. Harold enlisted where and when? Harold's service number is_____? Left US for military service in what year and was stationed where? Initially in France or Germany and where in these countries? Specific battles?
Rockford, IL
Harold L. Pedersen, 92, of Rockford, died Monday, April 27, 2009. Born January 7, 1917, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Tones L. and Christine Esbensen Pedersen. He graduated from Drake University in 1941. He married Gertrude M. McKevitt on May 8, 1943, in Vinton, IA. A veteran of World War II, Harold was a proud members of the 113th Cavalry "Red Horse Division," served in France and Germany, with a rank of Master Sergeant. Joined Whitney Metal Tool of Rockford (now Roper Whitney) as an accountant in 1947, became treasurer and retired in 1986. A charter member of the Heritage Kiwanis, he later served as president. Longtime member of Centennial UMC and later Evergreen Covenant Church. His voice graced Centennial for many years in the choir. He also taught Sunday school classes at both. Survivors include wife, Gertrude; son, Phillip (Terrie) Pedersen of Littleton, CO; daughter, Miriam (Bruce) Jacobson of Rockford; "Grampa" to Leslie (Jeremy) LeBeau, David and Lindsey Jacobson and Mark (Mindy), Erin and Emily Pedersen; "great-grampa" to Ryan and Adriana LeBeau and Annabelle Pedersen; brother, Raymond (Ruth) Pedersen of Las Vegas; brother-in-law, Jack Lamping of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; brother, Tones; and sisters, Helen (Virgil) Mercier, Lucile (Tom) Eggers and Virginia (Jack) Lamping. Thank you to the staff at Neighbors Rehab Center and Swedish American Hospital (ER and 10th floor staff) for their kind and compassionate care. Also, special thanks to longtime friend and neighbor, Harry Tallacksen, Jr. for being there in times of need.
At 10:00am, Saturday, May 9, in Evergreen Covenant Church, a time of remembrance will begin, followed by a memorial service at 1:00am, with Pastor Jim Schwalm officiating. Memorials can be made to Evergreen Covenant Church or the Blackhawk Fire Department. Arrangements completed by Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Rockford Chapel. For online condolences, visit
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US Army Seal

Regiment patch?

113th Cavalry
Harold L. Pedersen
U.S. Army/Master Sergeant

Medals/Badges Conferred
The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of all North High School graduates can be found online at Harold L. Pedersen's 1935 class page can be viewed at
Deceased: April 27, 2009; Rockford, IL.
Music: "Over There" by Enrico Caruso
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