Sgt. Matthew HarmonSgt. Matthew Harmon, age 29, formerly of Lengby, MN, died on Sunday (August 14th) from injuries he sustained from the detonation of an improvised explosive device while on active duty with the United States Army in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Matthew Harmon
Sgt. Matthew Harmon, age 29, formerly of Lengby, MN, died on Sunday (August 14th) from injuries he sustained from the detonation of an improvised explosive device while on active duty with the United States Army in Afghanistan.
Matthew Allen Harmon was born on March 1, 1982 in Bagley, Minnesota to parents Thomas and Irene (Sletten) Harmon. He grew up in the Lengby/Fosston area and was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lengby. He attended Fosston High School where he was very active in sports and theatre. Matt committed to the Army National Guard during his Senior year in high school. He graduated with the class of 2000 and, soon after, attended basic training. After basic training, he returned to the area and attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks where he met the love of his life, Nicole.
Matt was united in marriage to Nicole York on August 9, 2003 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lengby. After their marriage, they lived in Grand Forks and the Twin Cities before Matt enlisted in the United States Army in 2004.
Sergeant Harmon was stationed overseas with the United States Army at the Joint Multi-Nation Training Center in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Before moving to Grafenwoehr, he and his family were stationed in Baumholder, Germany. Matt had successfully completed two prior tours of duty in Iraq and had just begun a planned 12 month tour to Afghanistan. Three weeks into this tour, while on a mission to recover a vehicle, an improvised explosive device detonated resulting in Matthew's death.
Matt is survived by his loving wife, Nicole, and their three children, Danika, Vincent, and Elsie; his parents, Tom and Irene Harmon of Lengby; one sister, Melissa (Perry) Syverson of Glyndon, MN; two brothers, Dean Harmon of Bemidji, MN, and Mark Harmon at home in Lengby; grandparents, Mary Lou Harmon of Lengby and Nancy and Raymond Sletten of Bemidji, MN; mother-in-law, Kimberly Anderson of Fosston; uncles, Curtis Sletten of the Twin Cities, Raymond Sletten, Jr. of Indiana, and Robert Harmon, Jr. of Denver, CO; brothers-in-law, Tyler (Angela) York of East Grand Forks, MN and William York (Fiancé Erin Christensen) of Grand Forks, ND. Great aunts and uncles, cousins and other relatives also survive.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Harmon; and his good friend and fellow soldier, Cpl. Joseph VanDreumel, who was also killed in action.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Alpha 1-2 Infantry Task Force 3-66 Armored "The Wolf Pack"
Active Pallbearers will be Dean Harmon, Mark Harmon, Tyler York, William York, Cory Schreiber, and Alan Olson.
Active Pallbearers at the graveside will be members of the United States Army.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (August 27th) at the Fosston High School Gymnasium (new gym) with the Rev. Mark Faugstad officiating.
Interment will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Lengby.
Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service on Saturday at the high school.
Military honors will be conducted by members of the United States Armed Forces.
Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at carlinhoialmen.com.