In loving memory of

Paul Harberts
August 22, 1951 - December 27, 2020

Paul Anthony Harberts, 69, of Rochester, died on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at his residence in Rochester.

Paul was born on August 22, 1951 to Dick and Enola (Jacobs) Harberts in Dubuque, Iowa.

On September 22, 1973 Paul married Lynette Mock. The couple was married for 47 years.

He worked over 40 years in the trucking business until he retired in 2019 earing the title of Vice President of Operations in 1996. He recently worked part time for Rochester City Delivery.

He played football in his younger years and continued to have a passion for it watching The Vikings every week in his favorite recliner. In his recent years, he enjoyed traveling as much as he could. His favorite place to visit was Mexico. Paul enjoyed the river, boating, and the beach. He spent his summers camping in Wabasha and he loved being around his kids and grandkids.

Paul is survived by his wife, Lynette; children, Brandon Harberts of Hayfield, Nicole (Jeremy) Hofmeister of Rochester, Jacob Harberts of Arizona, Kelsy (Derek) Flowers of Rochester, and Kaitlyn Harberts of Dover; brothers, Clark (Julie) Harberts of Cedar Rapids and Craig (Dorothy) Harberts of California. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Melissa Harberts; granddaughter, Emerson Harberts; daughter-in-law, Rachel Harberts, and three brothers.

A memorial service will be held later this Spring. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Harberts family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit


Joan Brown wrote on Jan 21, 2021:

"I was so sorry to hear of Paul passing. He and Bob had such fun at Midwest! My sincere sympathies to you and your family! Joan Brown "

Larry and Kathy Krob wrote on Jan 19, 2021:

"Lynette and family, We are sending you and your family sympathy after Paul's death. We were sorry to have lost a good neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your neighbors, Larry and Kathy Krob "

Jim and Kayla Wieme wrote on Jan 17, 2021:

"We were both saddened and shocked at Paul's passing. I first met Paul at youth basketball events. Our daughters were on the same team. I knew right away that he was a special person because of his enthusiasm and his wonderful sense of humor. He seemed to know everybody and everybody seemed to relate to him. I will always remember watching him while he ushered at church. Many times he would get so involved with visiting with people that some people went without programs. Always joking, always brightening up the area around. He was a wonderful person and I will miss the happy feeling I got when I was around him. Thank you Paul for all the wonderful things you brought into our lives."

Glenn Huntoon wrote on Jan 16, 2021:

"You don?t know me but Paul did. He called me Wabasha. We worked out at the Y. That is where I got to know him. He would always wave to me when out In his pontoon on the River. He will be missed. RIP my friend."

Steve Brandenburg wrote on Jan 15, 2021:

"Lynette, our hearts are heavy for you and your family. Paul was a good friend to me while I lived in Rochester. He served as Sara and my best man at our wedding as we thought highly of him. Many fun times we?re had with Paul, along with a couple of harrowing ones as well! You and your family are in our prayers. "

Marilynn L. Rapp Buxton wrote on Jan 15, 2021:

"I went to school in Paton, Iowa where Rev. Harberts was pastor at my grandma's Presbyterian church in Paton. Our school closed, and I began school in Jefferson in 8th grade. That's when I met Paul. He was very friendly and always had the best smile. The family moved a couple of years later, so I didn't get to know him that well, but I just want to send condolences to your family. May God sustain you at this difficult time again. "

Terry and Helen Miller wrote on Jan 15, 2021:

"Lynette and family, Our sympathies to you at the loss of Paul. What a great guy, always a smile and wave for his neighbors! Laugh when I think of dashing across highway 52 chasing that box spring he had helped me bring home! Thanks Paul, you were a great neighbor. RIP! Terry and Helen Miller and family"

Timothy Patterson wrote on Jan 15, 2021:

"Mark's brother is Tim not Tom so not to confuse other classmates. Paul and I did hang out together often at Russell Park and out of respect for Paul that is all I want to share. He was alot of fun to be with and in the usual tradition of being a pastor's son we had a lot of trouble to keep up with. May his family know he was loved and cared for."

Mark Patterson wrote on Jan 14, 2021:

"My dad was the Baptist minister in Jefferson and Paul?s dad was minister at the Presbyterian church they were good friends. Paul and my brother Tom were always fighting. I remember one time the had a swearing contest at the Jefferson Park! I am sure our dads would have like to see that! The Harberts family were a wonderful family!! Blessings on your family as you miss Paul. "

Mike and Dawn wrote on Jan 14, 2021:

"Our sympathy goes out to the Harberts Family, sending our thoughts and prayers. Big Mike and Dawn Nelson"

Don Carlson wrote on Jan 14, 2021:

"My sympathy to all of the members of the Harberts Family. Paul was Special. Paul was the Stick That Stirred The Drink for members of the Health Center at the Rochester Area Family Y. Paul will be missed. God Bless."