Harold Leverne Brenden was born January 8, 1937, in Vienna, SD, to Olaf and Agnes (Jorgenson) Brenden. He grew up and attended school at Vienna. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1954 until 1955.
On May 4, 1956, he married Edithe M. Hawkins at Pipestone, MN. They lived in Sioux Falls where he was a baker. They moved to Norfolk, NE, where he sold insurance and was in the mobile home business until moving to Mitchell in 1975. He was in the mobile home business in Mitchell for 35 years until his retirement. He loved spending time with his family at the cabin in Oacoma. He traveled to 3 or 4 NASCAR races each year and the local tracks weekly, where he watched several friends and his grandson race. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion and Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by his wife Edithe, four children: Nancy K.(Ed) Baker; Tammie J. (Larry) DeJong; Brian “Skip” Brenden; Rocky L. (Diane) Brenden; all of Mitchell, 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, four brothers and sisters: Irene Blegen, Mesa, AZ; Merle (Anna Marie) Brenden, Mesa, AZ; Alyce (Matt) Siebrands, Henry, SD; Lloyd (Dorothy) Brenden, Mesa, AZ; two brothers-in-law, Greg Zimprich, Hazel; Jake (Mavis) Hawkins, Sioux Falls; three sisters-in-law, Norma Brenden, Sioux Falls, SD; Marian Brenden, Oroville, CA and Elaine Brenden, Mesa, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant son Dale, his mother and father-in-law, Carl and Virginie Hawkins, two sisters, Myrtle Dede and Gladys Zimprich, five brothers: Orlin Brenden, Marvin Brenden, Leo Brenden, Elwood Brenden and Arlo Brenden, three brothers-in-law, Victor Blegen, Les Dede and Ken Hawkins and two sisters-in-law Violet Brenden and Nadine Brenden.