Aside from four years with the U.S. Army, Harold Wente was a lifetime resident of the city of Crown Point.
During World War II, he was stationed in St. John's, Newfoundland, as an artillery sergeant.
"He said the Germans never got past St. John's," his daughter, Emma Wente, said with a chuckle.
Harold Louis Wente, 94, of Crown Point, died March 26.
In Newfoundland, he met his first wife, Catherine (deceased), in 1946.
Before the war, he worked at Crown Point's Horst Hardware and returned afterward, his daughter noted.
After 49 years at Horst, he worked at Henderlong Lumber in Crown Point.
Wente also was a member of the Crown Point Fire Department and his daughter proudly noted that he had a plaque commemorating 50 years with the department.
He was the assistant chief when he retired.
In 1973, Wente married his second wife, Mary Ellen (deceased).
Always community minded, he served more than 40 years with the Lions Club, including a stint as president.
In his private life, Wente loved to make things.
"He made metal figures out of horseshoe nails," Emma Wente said.
He formed the figures, painted them silver, then sold them at craft shoes around the area.
Some of his creations included fishermen, sports figures and cowboys.
Emma Wente said her dad even made some "sarcastic" figures of politicians, a man sitting on a toilet reading a newspaper, barbers and beauticians.
He also sold rock geodes that he bought and cut in half, or found while rock hunting near Nashville, Indiana.
"We will miss him very much," Emma Wente said of herself and her siblings, Laurie Scola, Christy Tavitas and Janice Speece — along with his grand and great grandchildren.