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Harold Edward Cotant

Harold Edward Cotant

Harold Edward Cotant was born April 16, 1939 in Lakeport Twp. of Hubbard County, MN Harold passed away March 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV from Complications of an automobile accident while visiting his daughter.

Harold graduated from Laporte High School class of 1957. He joined the U.S. Army and served for seven years in the U.S., Germany and Korea. After his discharge he worked for Autocon and Conveyor Specialties in St. Paul and Wyard Industries of Forest Lake before working at Potlatch near Bemidji until his retirement. In his retirement he drove school bus for the Walker School District. He enjoyed his connection with the students and especially liked the 8th grade geology trips.

On September 18, 1971 he married Susan Tatge in Renville, MN. They lived in St. Paul and Lexington before moving to Laporte in 1981. In the early 1970's Harold received his private pilot's license and later joined the Cass County Civil Air Patrol flying many search and rescue missions. Later he bought a Cessna 120 tail-dragger and a Piper Tri-pacer which he enjoyed flying and giving youngsters their first airplane ride through the EAA Chapter 1397 he belonged to.

Harold had been a member of the Laporte Comets 4-H Club. After moving to Laporte he was on the Lakeport Town Board, a member of Sons of Norway the Walker American Legion and the Akeley VFW. He also volunteered for the North County Trail Association, adopting and clearing a section of the trail in Hubbard County.

He is survived by his wife, Susan of Laporte, and daughter, Jennifer of Las Vegas, brothers Bob of Laporte and Roy (Lori) of White Bear Lake and sisters Virginia Seegmiller of Laporte, Pearl (Rodney) Sletten of Laporte and Margaret (Butch) Dewey of Walker, brother in laws, Steven (Eva) Tatge of Renville, Larry (Lenore) Tatge of Grove City, and Jerry Tatge of Lake Park, IA, and many nieces and nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Frances Cotant, brother Dale and his twin sister Mary Martin and her husband Bill.

A memorial service will be held on April 6th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Laporte at 11:00 a.m.