Harvey Tjader, 71, dedicated husband, father, forester, ecologist, and long time resident of Bemidji passed away on July 22nd, 2022 peacefully at home.
Harvey was born in Duluth on November 7th, 1950. He grew up with two sisters and one brother. Harvey graduated from the University of Minnesota and took a job with the MN DNR in 1979. He married Frannie in 1979 and they moved to Northome, MN in 1980. His forestry career landed the family in Bemidji in 1987 where he became a fixture in the outdoor community. Harvey retired just a few months ago, in the spring of 2022.
Harvey had a deep appreciation of nature and loved spending time in the woods. He was an avid runner, canoer, skier, and bicyclist. He was often seen doing one of the above along the shores of Lake Bemidji whether it be for recreation or just a simple work commute. He enjoyed camping, hiking, gardening, live music (especially the blues), brewing his home brew beer, and spending time with family.
Harvey is survived by his wife and teammate of nearly 43 years, Frannie Tjader (Levine), his three sons Jason Tjader (Amy Tjader) of Bemidji, Tyler Tjader of Minneapolis, and Sam Tjader of Bemidji. Granddaughters Annie (Ben) Michaud, Emily Tjader and Lila Tjader, Great granddaughters Oaklynn, Taylen and Maisyn Michaud, brother Jeffery (Linda) Tjader, Pennsylvania; sisters Alyce (Chandler) West, Iowa; Cyndi (Tom) Bigler, Nebraska; numerous nieces and nephews, and a whole lot of friends and colleagues.
Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Anna Sue Tjader of Duluth.
A memorial Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, August 20th at 2pm, at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater. (Daily or yearly State Park stickers are required) Please bring a dish to share for a potluck.
In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio online at KAXE - Homepage | KAXE, or to KAXE/KBXE, 260 NE 2nd Street, Grand Rapids MN 55744 Or to Minnesota Future Forest Fund, Minnesota’s Future Forest Fund | Minnesota DNR