Archive for Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Obituary: Carroll Dean Harker

1933-2004

November 3, 2004

Services for Carroll Dean Harker, 71, McLouth, will be at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 3, 2004, at McLouth United Methodist Church. Burial will be in McLouth Cemetery.

Mr. Harker died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at his home in McLouth. He was born Oct. 31, 1933, at Leavenworth, the son of Harry Milton and Frances Anna Courtney Harker. He was a lifelong resident of the McLouth area.

Mr. Harker owned and operated Harker Insurance and Real Estate in McLouth, where he was a real estate broker, land developer and insurance agent for more than 30 years. He also had worked at the Bank of McLouth for 10 years and Leavenworth-Jefferson Area Rural Electric Cooperative for eight years. For four years, he had worked at Hercules Powder Plant in De Soto. Mr. Harker also was the co-owner of the R&H Department store on the square in Oskaloosa for 16 years.

He served as mayor of McLouth from 1978 to 1980 and served as McLouth city clerk for 17 years.

He was a member of McLouth United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the church choir and served as chairman of the building committee. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4015 in Oskaloosa. He was a member and past master of the Henri Masonic Lodge and a member and past worthy patron of the Order of Eastern Star, Rinda Chapter, both in Tonganoxie. He was a 30-year member of the McLouth Kiwanis Club.

On Oct. 16, 1955, he married Wanda R. Turner in McLouth.

She survives, of the home. Other survivors include a son, Kevin Dean Harker, Leawood; four daughters, Teresa Harker Woodhead, McLouth, Denise Harker Redel, Kansas City, Mo., Karen Harker Sparks, Tonganoxie, and Michelle Harker Eastman, Lincoln, Neb., a sister, Maxine V. Ready, Oskaloosa; eight grandsons; and five granddaughters.

The family suggests memorial contributions to McLouth United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Barnett Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa 66066.

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