Details for Harold Abey, Sr.

July 11, 1927 - July 8, 2018

Evansville, WI -- Harold Frederick Abey, Sr., age 90, passed away on July 8, 2018 at home. He was born on July 11, 1927 on the family farm to Fred and Famie (Elmer) Abey. Harold married Mary McDermott on April 3, 1948, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Evansville, and they just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Harold farmed all his life, starting out milking cows and raising crops on the family farm. Along with Mary, they raised four children and continued to farm until their retirement. Harold was active in 4-H, and continued for many years as a 4-H leader. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Evansville, and sang in the choir for several years. He was on the Board of Directors at the Union Coop for twelve years, an AMPI Director, and belonged to the National Holstein Association. He was active in the Rock County Dairy Promotion Council, helping organize the first dairy breakfast on the farm - for 40 years, he managed the kitchen. Harold and Mary were inducted into the Rock County Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2017. They both enjoyed polka dancing, and traveling together. He loved his family, and enjoyed hosting family dinners with children, grandchildren and great-children. They would have as many as 62 people in their house for the holidays. He will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary; his children: Harold (Pam) Abey, Jr. of Evansville, Maureen Kay (Steve) Hoffman of Sun Prairie, Mindy (Darrell) Larson of Brooklyn, John Abey of Brooklyn; sixteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; a sister, Janice (Victor) Horstmeyer of Sun Prairie; a niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at St. Paul Catholic Church Evansville, with Reverend Kevin Dooley officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery Evansville.

A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home, Evansville and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at church. Condolences may be expressed at