Charles Gilbert Harger

M, b. 18 October 1941, d. 20 June 2017
     Charles Gilbert Harger was also known as "Corky". He was born on 18 October 1941 at Vinton, Benton Co., IA. He was the son of Orland Floyd Harger and Lois Jean Henkle. Charles Gilbert Harger began military service U.S. Air Force service, radar technician. He married Sandra Jo Adams, daughter of Vivian W. Adams and Goldie Winters, on 8 December 1992 at Fort Bend Co., TX; Sandra may have been previously married to Robert Michael Brashear, 9 JAN 1966. Charles Gilbert Harger died on 20 June 2017 at Richmond, Fort Bend Co., TX, at age 75

Obituary -- Fort Bend Hernald, Fort Bend, Texas; 21 JUN 2017 (

Charles "Corky" Harger was born October 18, 1941, in Vinton, Iowa, and went to be with his loving wife, Sandy, and best friend, Ben Reynolds, on June 20, 2017. He was the third of five children born to Orland & Lois Harger.

He was predeceased by his parents and oldest brother, Lyle Harger.

He is survived by his brother, Dr. M. L. Harger and his wife, Helen, of Deer Park, Cheryl Boyd and her husband, Sam, of Horseshoe Bay and brother, Gary Harger and his wife, Elene, of Georgetown. He is also survived by his four children, Tammy Tinsley and her husband, Pat, of Lubbock, James Harger and his wife, Donna, of Lubbock, Lee Harger and his wife, Michelle, of Lubbock and Chris Harger and his wife, Heather, of Lubbock. He was also a proud granddad and great granddad of 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

An honorably discharged veteran of the USAF as a radar technician, Corky spent many years following his discharge servicing radio towers and radio phones long before the advent of the cell phone. In his time, he climbed some of the tallest radio towers throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. In more recent years, he and his late wife Sandy were the owners and operators of Ft. Bend Saddlery, a tack and leather supply company based in Richmond/Rosenberg focused on the hunter/jumper clubs and shows throughout the Southwest.

Other than his family and “Big Red” his Harley, his proudest achievement was his involvement with Alcoholics Anonymous clubs in the Richmond area and the lives he has directly impacted through his sobriety, love, encouragement and commitment. His family thanks this larger family of his closest friends for their love, encouragement and support over the past few months as his health declined. A special thank you is due to Thurman Bolton and Dr. Ivan Mefford for their devotion and continued care.

A celebration of his life and the lives of those he touched will be held at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg with a time for friends and family on this Friday, June 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., service on Saturday, June 24, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., graveside immediately following at Morton Cemetery in Richmond.

Pallbearers are Gary Carol, Gary Bob Moran, Al Kovar, Thurman Bolton, Sam Sloan and grandson Jason Johnson.

He was buried in June 2017 at Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Fort Bend Co., TX, Findagrave #180749601.

George Washington Harger

M, b. 18 March 1864, d. 6 August 1956
     George Washington Harger was born on 18 March 1864 at Benton Co., IA. He married Sara Ella Barr. George Washington Harger died on 6 August 1956 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, at age 92. He was buried in August 1956 at Murdoch-Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #8747846.

Child of George Washington Harger and Sara Ella Barr

Grover Dale Harger

M, b. 11 January 1892, d. 30 November 1963
     Grover Dale Harger was born on 11 January 1892 at Benton Twp., Benton Co., IA. He was the son of George Washington Harger and Sara Ella Barr. Grover Dale Harger married Nellie Mabel Johnson, daughter of Robert Elson Johnson and Deborah Helen Wilt, on 1 July 1914, Grover remarried to Evelyn (Barker) Klopp Helle. Grover Dale Harger died on 30 November 1963 at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, at age 71

Obituary -- (

Husband of Nellie Mabel JOHNSON Harger (and after Nellie's death) Evelyn BARKER Klopp Harger Helle. Son of George Washington Harger II & Sara Ella BARR Harger. Father of Orland Floyd Harger, Harold Lenley Harger, Annabell Mae HARGER Weaver, & Verle Dean Harger. Brother of Pauline Amy HARGER Cuber Andrew; Lloyd Burton Harger; Homer Clyde Harger; Lucille HARGER Pellatrini. Maternal Grandfather of Andy Nolan Weaver, who was born on his 63rd birthday. Grover died at the same time his country was mourning the assassination of President Kennedy.

He was buried in December 1963 at Murdoch-Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #8747724.

Children of Grover Dale Harger and Nellie Mabel Johnson

Harold Lenley Harger

M, b. 4 March 1918, d. 23 August 2008
     Harold Lenley Harger was born on 4 March 1918 at Benton Co., IA. He was the son of Grover Dale Harger and Nellie Mabel Johnson. Harold Lenley Harger lived in 1942 at Linn Co., IA. He began military service on 4 April 1942 at Fort Des Moines, Lee Co., IA, WW II service, enlisted. He married Pauline Lois Zimmerman, daughter of Otto Joseph Zimmerman and Minnie E. Wieneke, on 12 July 1942 at Key Field, Meridian, Lauderdale Co., MS, The Decatur Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois); Tuesday, 21 July 1942; Page 11; (

Mr. and Mrs. Otto J. Zimmerman of Pana announce the marriage of their youngest daughter, Pauline, to Pvt. Harold L. Harger, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Their wedding took place on July 12, in the chapel at Key Field, Meridian, Miss., where private Harger is stationed. Attendants were Mary Alice Whitman of Tully, New York, and Private Carl V. Fellers, Pana. The couple will reside in Meridian.

Harold Lenley Harger lived between 1947 and 1948 at Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN. He lived between 1995 and 2007 at St. Louis Co., MO. He died on 23 August 2008 at Des Peres, St. Louis Co., MO, at age 90

Obituary -- The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Tuesday, 26 August 2008; Page 13; (

Harold L. Harger, 90, a longtime resident of Des Peres, MO, died peacefully in his home on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008.

Harold was born March 4, 1918, in Benton County, IA, the son of Grover and Nellie Harger. He graduated from Urbana High School in 1936 and Cedar Rapids Business College in 1939. He enlisted in the Army in 1942, attended Officer Candidate School, and served in Europe until December 1945 as a First Lieutenant in the 398th Quartermaster Truck Company. He married Pauline Zimmerman, his wife of 60 years, on July 12, 1942.

After high school, Harold worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during The Depression under the Iowa National Guard. He was a salesman for Wilson Meat Co. for several years. After his military service he obtained his private pilot's license on the GI Bill. In 1949, he was employed as a salesman for Allied Mills, Inc., a position he held until his retirement in 1983. Harold was a hard worker, dependable and honest, and enjoyed his work. He received many honors for outstanding performance as a salesman, including the Pacesetter Award in 1976. He made many lasting friendships from those he met in his work.

Harold enjoyed traveling and made regular trips with his family as their children were growing up. After he retired, he and Pauline wintered in their travel trailer in Florida and South Texas for many years. They traveled extensively across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and visited friends and family from coast-to- coast. He also returned to Europe with an Army buddy and their wives to revisit places they had seen during World War II. After Pauline suffered a severe stroke in 1989 and became disabled, Harold cared for her at home for 11 years. He loved his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his home, and his friends. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, carpentry projects, growing tomatoes, flying, and travel. Harold was a very social person: he was a member of Kirkwood United Methodist Church, Kirkwood Masonic Lodge 484, and the St. Louis Shrine.

Harold is survived by his children, Joann Bender of Iowa City, IA, Patricia Bax of Des Peres, MO, Thomas (Barbara) of Albuquerque, NM, and James (Karen) of Rockford, IL; his sister, Annabell Weaver of Cedar Rapids, IA; his brother, Verle Harger of Bellflower, CA; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Pauline (Zimmerman) Harger in 2002; his brother, Orland Harger in 1995; and his grandson, Bret David Bender in 2007.

Visitation will be at Kirkwood United Methodist Church, 210 W. Adams, Kirkwood, MO, on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 2 to 4 PM, followed immediately by the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harold's memory to Kirkwood United Methodist Church, St. John's Hospice, or the Shriner's Hospital for Children, St. Louis.

He was buried in August 2008 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis Co., MO, Findagrave #29339430.

Child of Harold Lenley Harger and Pauline Lois Zimmerman

Joann Beth Harger

F, b. 29 August 1943, d. 24 July 2015
     Joann Beth Harger was born on 29 August 1943. She was the daughter of Harold Lenley Harger and Pauline Lois Zimmerman. Joann Beth Harger was educated; Graduate of Kirkwood High School, Saint Louis, Saint Louis City County, Missouri (1961); Received her Nursing degree from Saint Louis Deaconess College of Nursing (1964). She lived between 1978 and 2008 at Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA. She died on 24 July 2015 at Iowa City, Johnson Co. (probably), IA, at age 71

Obituaryies -- The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Wednesday, 29 July 2015; Page P10;

Joann Bender
Iowa City

Joann B. Bender, 72, of Iowa City, died unexpectedly Friday, July 24, 2015. A gathering for family and friends will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa city, concluding with a time of sharing, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Following that time, an open house will be held at 2433 Nevada Ave., Iowa City.

Online condolences and a complete obituary can be found at

Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Services; July 2015 (Internet)

Joann B. Bender
1943 - 2015

Joann B. Bender, 71, of Iowa City, died unexpectedly Friday, July 24, 2015.

A gathering for family and friends will be held from 3-4:30 p.m., Friday, July 31st at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, concluding with a time of sharing, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Following that time, an open house will be held at 2433 Nevada Avenue in Iowa City. Memorials in Joann's name may be directed to the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa.

Joann Beth Bender graduated from Kirkwood High school in St. Louis, Missouri in 1961, and earned her Nursing Degree from St. Louis' Deaconess College of Nursing in 1964. She was dedicated to her career in nursing and to helping others. She worked at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, The University of Iowa Orthopedics Department and Hospital Schools. She later worked part-time at WIC of Johnson County.

Joann had a strong sense of community and volunteered continuously throughout her life. She was an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, as each of her children where "Littles". She served on the board, organizing events, and as a recruiter. She was integral to the organization's transition from the locally based PALS program to the Big Brothers Big Sisters national affiliation. For the past ten years, she was an active member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Southeastern Iowa, serving on the board, organizing events, and helping to create a support group for caretakers. In 2013 she was named volunteer of the year through The ARC.

She was a devoted single mother of four, a daughter, a big sister, and a friend. She never hesitated to go the extra mile – literally or figuratively – for those she loved. Her love and generosity expended far beyond the family she was born into. Many people regarded her as second a mother and a grandmother. She organized family events, hosted holidays, and was the keeper of the family history. She loved to travel and experience new things. She was an artist, loved to sew and craft. She was a do-it-yourselfer to the end. She was the definition of strength, fortitude, and grace, and demonstrated this through every challenge she faced. She was always present, willing to listen, often giving advice, forming a plan and taking action; whether aiding a friend in need or caring for a sick family member she gave her all. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

Joann was preceded in death by her parents, Pauline and Harold Harger and her youngest son, Bret Bender. She is survived by her children, Scott (Santwana Dasgupta), Sarah and Kathleen (Seth Owen), and their families; a sister, Pat Bax, and brothers, Tom (Barb) Harger, and Jim (Karen) Harger, and their families.

Joann was an amazing, independent woman whose strength and luminosity will continue to radiate. She will continue to be a motivation in the lives of everyone she knew.

Note: Iowa City Press-Citizen, Iowa City, Iowa; Saturday, 21 February 1981; Page 5; (

Pals Program: Appreciation Week

The biggest boosters of the Pals Program are probably the people it serves.

Joann Bender, 2433 Nevada Ave., has two children in the program.

Scott, 12, a seventh grader at South East Junior High School, was matched last April with Jack Darland, 316 S. Johnson St., a University of Iowa student.

Sarah, 9, a fourth grader at Grant Wood Elementary School, was matched in November with Pat Curry, 547 Emerald St., an employee of Hawkeye Wholesale.

The Benders wrote letters about their experiences with the program.

A mother's view:

"Single parenting is a balancing act," involves "trying to somehow make time and money and energy stretch far enough to give everyone a fair share," Bender said in a letter of support for the Pals Program.

"Four children (ages 3, 6, 9 and 12) a job, a house, a car, the yard, the finances, laundry, shopping, cooking, illnesses, child care and other activities of daily living seemed at times like a never-ending uphill climb.

"Always conspicuous was the ever present need of four special children for individual recognition, to be talked to and listened to, to develop their own ever broadening personal interests."

"I tried many approaches. I let one stay up late, in turn. I occasionally kept one home from school.

"We took turns having private outings with mom. I pent a lot of money for sitters to leave three to be with one and always came home to three children who felt somewhat slighted and demanded even more of my attention. I felt I always 'owed' something to someone.

"Then I found Pals. My children were enthusiastic from the start and very accepting of my honestly stating the problem: you need a special adult and it can't always be me.'

"We have a family agreement that each child gets a Pal when he or she enters first grade and then gets less of Mom's time. This seems fair to everyone and has eliminated any jealousy from the young ones."

"Scot has learned to travel confidently by bus and can ride his bike safely in city traffic. (His Pal doesn't have a car). He got started in model rocketry with good supervision. (What do Moms know of such things?)

"Sarah made a beautiful piece of macramé (not one of my skills), had help making puppets and someone to listen to her plays which can go on indefinitely.

"Both children are seeing a different life style and are learning attitudes unlike my own which will broaden their consideration of choices as adults.

"While Sarah and Scott are busy with their Pals, I can spend time with the younger children without anyone feeling slighted.

"Even our family outings are more relaxed and fun because no one is pushing forward with a terribly acute need for individual attention.

"Single parenting is still a struggle, though not without its rewards. But Pals has tipped the scales to everyone's advantage in my family.

"My unending gratitude goes out to all the fine people at Pals."
Scott says:

Pals is a good group because:
1. My Mom works 3 to 11 p.m. so we can't really do after school activities.
2. Gives you someone you can really talk to.
3. Show you new things.
4. Gives you another view on problems.
5. Visits give you something to look forward to.
6. Help on work and projects.
7. Can do things with a Pal without little brothers or sisters getting in the way.

Sarah says:

I like having a Pal because I can do new things I didn't know about before like macramé and playing chess. I wasn't able to do a lot of stuff before my pal came because of the two youngest kids in our family. The most fun thing is meeting a new person that likes to do the things you like to do and even more. I like being with my Pal because when my mom can't do something with me once a eek, my Pal can.

Child of Joann Beth Harger

Lyle Edwin Harger1

M, b. 5 June 1936, d. 27 April 1990
     Lyle Edwin Harger was born on 5 June 1936 at Iowa.1 He was the son of Orland Floyd Harger and Lois Jean Henkle.1 Lyle Edwin Harger married Patricia Nell Dowdy on 31 August 1961 at Wichita Falls, Wichita Co., TX; Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas); Sunday, 23 July 1961; Page 41; (

Nell Dowdy Engaged

HOUSTON (Special) -- Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dowdy of Wichita Falls have announced the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Nell Dowdy to Lyle E. Harger, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Harger, Lubbock.

Miss Dowdy is a graduate of Wichita Falls High School. She attended Midwestern University and is a graduate of the University of Houston.

She is employed by Humble Oil and Refining Co.

Harger attended Tom D. Lubbock High School and is a graduate of Schreiner Institute in Kerrville. He is a member of the varsity basketball team at the University of Houston.

Vow will be read at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 in the First Methodist Church of Wichita Falls.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas); Friday, 01 Sep 1961; Page 54; (

Lyle Hargers Are To Live In Houston

WICHITA FALLS (Special) -- Mr. and Mrs., Lyle Edwin Harger (Patricia Nell Dowdy), whose marriage took place at 8 p.m. Thursday at First Methodist Church will be at home in Houston, where she is employed with Humble Oil and Refining Co. and he is a student at the University of Houston.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dowdy of this city and Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Harger of 2422 32nd St. Lubbock, are parents of this couple.

The Rev. Neil Winslow officiated at a double-ring ceremony following musical numbers by Don Owen and Jim Herndon.

Presented in marriage by her father, the bride wore a gown of embroidered tulle, the fitted bodice featuring a portrait neckline edged in lace, brief sleeves and a bouffant skirt fashioned with nine tiers of embroidered tulle terminating in a fan shaped train. The tiered veil of imported French illusion fell to fingertip length from a tiara of seed pearls and iridescent sequins. The bride carried white sweetheart roses with shower of lilies-of-the valley.

Sisters Are Attendants

The bride's attendants were her sister, Mrs. Denny Bishop of Houston and the bridegroom's sister, Miss Cheryl Harger of Lubbock. They wore royal blue street-length peau de soie dresses made with scoop necklines, cap sleeves and fitted with pearl trim and carried stylized arrangements of white pompons.

Dennis Frank Bishop of Houston was best man and the bride's brother, Ronnie Dowdy, was groomsman. Guests were seated by C. H. Dowdy Jr. and Tommy Thompson and Donald Scheverak of Houston.

Following the reception in Fellowship Hall, the couple left for a trip to Corpus Christi, the bride traveling in a navy blue silk suit with matching accessories and a corsage of white roses.

Mrs. Harger, a former student at Midwestern university in this city, received a BBA degree from the University of Houston. She was presented as a Junior Forum debutante in Wichita Falls.

Her husband attended Tom S. Lubbock High School and graduated from Schreiner Institute, Kerrville. He is a member of the university basketball team.

Lyle Edwin Harger died on 27 April 1990 at age 53. He was buried in 1990 at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Findagrave #130113647.


  1. [S3611] 1940 Federal Census, Dane County, Wisconsin. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 4468.

Orland Floyd Harger

M, b. 25 March 1916, d. 21 October 1995
     Orland Floyd Harger was born on 25 March 1916 at Shellsburg, Benton Co., IA. He was the son of Grover Dale Harger and Nellie Mabel Johnson. Orland Floyd Harger married Lois Jean Henkle on 27 October 1935 at Vinton, Benton Co., IA; The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Friday, 01 Nov 1935; Page 14; (

URBANA -- Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Henkle are announcing the marriage of their daughter, Lois Jean and Orland Harger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Harger of South of Urbana, at Vinton Oct. 27 at the home of the pastor, the Rev. Loren Jenks.

The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Friday, 01 November 1935; Page 6; (

URBANA, Ia. -- The marriage of Miss Lois Jean Henkle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Henkle, and Orlande (sic) Harger, who live two miles south of town, was announced on Thursday by the bride's parents. The wedding was performed by Rev. Loren T. Jenks, pastor of Vinton Church of Christ, Oct. 27. The bride was a member of the senior class of the local high school and has been a member of the high school band four years. Mr. Harger graduated from the local high school last May.

The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Sunday, 10 Nov 1935; Page 14; (

Mrs. Clifford Henkle's and Mrs. Grover Harger were hostesses at a miscellaneous shower Friday at the Henkle home honoring Mrs. Henkle's daughter, Mrs. Orland Harger, a recent bride.

Orland Floyd Harger lived in April 1940 at 506 Ohio Avenue, Madison, Dane Co., WI, Assistant manager, retail store.1 He died on 21 October 1995 at Temple, Bell Co., TX, at age 79

Obituary -- The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Wednesday, 01 Nov 1995; Page 14; (

Orland F. Harger, 79, of Canyon Lake, Texas, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 1995, in Scott and White Hospital, Temple, Texas, following heart surgery. Memorial services were Oct. 25 at Resthaven Funeral Home, Lubbock, Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Lois; three sons, Merlyn of Deer Park, Texas, Charles of Richmond, Texas, and Gary of Sweetwater, Texas; a daughter, Cheryl Boyd of Houston; two brothers, Harold of St. Louis and Verle of Long Beach, Calif; and a sister, Annabell Weaver of Cedar Rapids.

Also surviving are an aunt, Pauline Andrew of Cedar Rapids; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Lyle.

Memorials to Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, 703 Irene St. Canyon Lake, Texas 78133.

He was buried in October 1995 at Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX, Findagrave #128313386.
Note: Newspaper articles:

The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Tuesday, 23 April 1935; Page 12; (

Urbana Senior Play

Urbana, Ia. -- Members of the Senior class of Urbana high school will present the play, "The Blue Bag," at Legion hall, April 26, beginning at 8 p.m. Members of the cast are: ......
[included Orland Harger]

The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin);? ? Friday, 01 Jun 1945; Page 1; (

Boards 1 and 3 Summon 53 Men

Fifty-three men have been ordered to report for active duty by Dane county selective service boards 1 and 3. The men Are: ................
[included Orland F. Harger, St. Paul, Minn.]

The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Sunday, 27 Dec 1953; Page 35; (

Mr. and Mrs. Orland Harger and their family of Lubbock, Texas, and Mrs. Carl Thornton, Jr. and her daughter, Jill, of Madeira, Ohio, are spending the holidays with the Cliff Henkles.

[NOTE: Mrs. Carl Thornton, Jr. is Orland Floyd Harger's sister-in-law.]

Morning Avalanche (Lubbock, Texas); Thursday, 23 February 1956; Page 29; (


Own and operate a profit proven "Zesto" soft ice cream drive-in. A clean, profitable, cash business with no credit worries. We assist in choosing the best business locations and secure the lowest prices on all needed equipment. Financing available for responsible persons. For a more secure and independent future, ACT NOW. Write or call Orland Harger, c/o ZESTO -- 2892 Ave. Q, Lubbock, Texas.? ? .....

Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas); Friday, 21 Oct 1960; Page 32; (

Silver Wedding Day Will Be Observed By Hargers

Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Harger, 2422 32nd St., will celebrate their silver wedding anniversary at an open house from 7 until 10 p.m. Saturday at their home.

The couple have four sons, Lyle and Merlyn Harger of Houston; Charles Harger of Amarillo and Gary of the home, and one daughter, Miss Cheryl Harger.

Assisting in hospitalities will be the daughter, Mrs. Merlyn Harger, and Mrs. Harger's mother, Mrs. C. C. Henkle of Vinton, Iowa.

After their marriage in Vinton on Oct. 27, 1935, the couple moved to St. Paul, Minn. They have been Lubbock residents since 1951.

A Silver and white motif will be featured in appointments at the open house.

Globe-Democrat (St. Louis, Missouri); Wednesday, 17 January 1962; Page 31; (

Honest Man Finds Merchant's Lost Cash Box

"My faith in mankind has been renewed," said Orland F. Harger of Belleville Tuesday after a stranger returned his cash box containing $260 that he had misplaced on Monday afternoon.

Mr. Harger, who recently opened the Belleville Feed and Supply Company at 601 Benton st., Belleville said he had placed the metal box on top of his car about 5:20 p.m. Monday. He was holding several other articles when he entered the car.

When he drove away, the box fell to the pavement near his company. The finder, Danny Walta. 26, a florist of 2209 Caseyville ave., East St. Louis, took the cash box to the Belleville police station.

Mr. Harger called the police to report the loss at 7 p.m. and was informed that the box was awaiting him at the station. It contained $130 in cash and the same amount in checks.

Mr. Walta received a $10 reward from Mr. Harger.

Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, Texas); Sunday, 11 May 1975; Page 78;

Orland Harger, with Food Service Equipment & Supply, recently participated in a Dealer Sales Development Program at Hobart Corp. headquarters in Troy, Ohio. The program is designed to train local dealer sales and engineering personnel in the total systems concept of kitchens in the industry.

Herald-Zeitung (New Braunfels, Texas); Tuesday, 24 February 1987; Page 12; ("

Local Shriner appointed

Alzafar Shrine's Illustrious Potentate Terry McGuire has announced that several area Shriners have been appointed to posts in that organization.

McGuire also announced that Orland F. "Pappy" Harger has been elected president of Canyon Lake Shrine Club for 1987. Harger was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master mason in January 1953 in Yellowhouse Lodge number 841 in Lubbock. He is a charter member of the Scottish Rite Consistory spring reunion 1973.

Harger became a member of Kiva Temple AAONMS in Amarillo in 1`973. He affiliated with Alzafar Shrine Temple in 1982 and his Masonic Lodge membership is in Canyon Lake Lodge number 1425 AF and AM having affiliated with Canyon Lake Lodge in 1982.

Herald-Zeitung (New Braunfels, Texas); Tuesday, 01 November 1994; Page 7; (

Orland "Pappy" Harger of Canyon Lake has been named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation, in recognition of his commitment to serving the world community.

Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones, the fellowship is the foundation's highest honor. It is a recognition of a commitment to humanitarian service.

Orland "Pappy" Harger is a member of the Canyon Lake Noon Lion's Club, District 2 D3. He recently received a finely crafted plaque and Lapel pin acknowledging his dedication to the foundation's humanitarian goals. As Melvin Jones Fellow, Pappy Harger becomes a part of a growing network of individuals who are committed to improving the quality of life for people locally and in communities around the world.

Children of Orland Floyd Harger and Lois Jean Henkle


  1. [S3611] 1940 Federal Census, Dane County, Wisconsin. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 4468.

Rebecca Joan Harger

F, b. 1 January 1952, d. 13 July 1988
     Rebecca Joan Harger was born on 1 January 1952 at Iowa. She was the daughter of Verle Deen Harger and Virginia E. Caster. Rebecca Joan Harger died on 13 July 1988 at Orange Co., CA, at age 36.

Verle Deen Harger

M, b. 29 May 1930, d. 29 June 2012
     Verle Deen Harger was born on 29 May 1930 at Urbana, Benton Co., IA. He was the son of Grover Dale Harger and Nellie Mabel Johnson. Verle Deen Harger married Virginia E. Caster. Verle Deen Harger lived in 1969 at Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA, city directory listing. He and Virginia E. Caster were divorced in November 1970 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA. Verle Deen Harger died on 29 June 2012 at Bellflower, Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 82

Obituary -- (

Harger, Verle Dean

Verle Dean Harger, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died June 29, 2012, in Bellflower, Calif., after a long illness. Services were held today at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Calif.

Verle was born to Grover and Nellie (Johnson) Harger on May 29, 1930, in the back of his parent’s grocery store in Urbana, lowa. During the Depression his parents moved to a farm where he attended a one-room schoolhouse. His family later moved to Cedar Rapids and he graduated in 1946 from Wilson High School.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; daughter, Rebecca Burner; and brothers, Orland and Harold Harger.

He is survived by a son, Verle Tom Harger (Daneen) of Parker, Colo; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Annabell Weaver of Cedar Rapids.

Verle had a tire company in Wilmington, Calif., supplying tires to trucks stranded on the highway. He had this business until he retired.

Verle loved his Lord and considered everyone he met a friend. He was generous to a fault.

Any memorials may be sent to the Verle Harger Memorial Fund, Box 66, Marion, IA 52302.

Condolences can be sent to

Published in The Gazette July 3, 2012.

He was buried in July 2012 at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA, Findagrave #92961871.

Child of Verle Deen Harger and Virginia E. Caster

Adolphus Hargett1

M, b. 31 July 1852, d. 15 April 1934
     Adolphus Hargett was born on 31 July 1852 at Missouri.1 He married Eunice Adaline Elledge circa 1878.1 Adolphus Hargett died on 15 April 1934 at age 81. He was buried in April 1934 at Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA, Findagrave #147905171.

Child of Adolphus Hargett and Eunice Adaline Elledge


  1. [S3654] 1900 Federal Census, Payne County, Oklahoma. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1341; FHL #1241341.

Bill Hargett

M, b. 23 August 1926, d. 11 February 2013
     Bill Hargett was born on 23 August 1926 at Stafford Co., KS. He was the son of Everett Earl Hargett and Stella Mary Newell. Bill Hargett married Doris H. Queen. Bill Hargett died on 11 February 2013 at Oklahoma Co., OK, at age 86. He was buried in February 2013 at Stafford Cemetery, Stafford, Stafford Co., KS.

Child of Bill Hargett and Doris H. Queen

Everett Earl Hargett

M, b. 15 September 1896, d. 7 June 1975
     Everett Earl Hargett was born on 15 September 1896 at Stafford Co., KS. He was the son of Tobias L. Hargett and Olive Rosetta (?) Everett Earl Hargett married Stella Mary Newell, daughter of Plimpton Kelly Newell and Mary Elizabeth Morford, on 7 June 1916. Everett Earl Hargett died on 7 June 1975 at age 78 Obituary (

Everett Earl HARGETT, son of Tobias and Olive HARGETT was born at Stafford, Kansas Sept. 15, 1896, and died June 7 at the age of 78 years after a long illness.

He was united in marriage to Stella Mary NEWELL June 7, 1916, and they shared 59 years of life together.

He leaves his widow of the home; three sons, Earl of Reno, Nev; Jack of Ventura, Calif; Bill of Stafford, Kans; one daughter, Mrs. Margie HEGGY of Sterling, Kans; nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Max and a brother, Logan.

He was a 52 year member of the Stafford Masonic Lodge No. 252, a retired stockman and farmer.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Rev. Burns and Rev. Morford officiated with burial in the Stafford Cemetery.

The Stafford Courier, Wednesday, June 11, 1975.

He was buried in June 1975 at Stafford Cemetery, Stafford, Stafford Co., KS.

Child of Everett Earl Hargett and Stella Mary Newell

Martin Thomas Hargett

M, b. 10 February 1893, d. 8 December 1959
     Martin Thomas Hargett was born on 10 February 1893 at Pittsfield, Pike Co., IL. He was the son of Adolphus Hargett and Eunice Adaline Elledge.1 Martin Thomas Hargett married Bertha Ardie Summers, daughter of John Wesley Summers and Julia Ann Davalt, circa 1916. Martin Thomas Hargett died on 8 December 1959 at San Mateo Co., CA, at age 66 NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - San Mateo Times; May 13, 1970; San Mateo, California

Two San Mateo Sisters Die After R. C. Traffic Accident
A luncheon outing ended tragically yesterday when two elderly San Mateo sisters were fatally injured in a Redwood City traffic acident.
Mrs. Daisy Summers, 83 and her sister, Mrs. Bertha Hargett, 79, both of 1510 Lorraine Avenue in San Mateo, died early today at Kaiser Hospital, Redwood City, of internal injuries suffered in the crash.
A third sister, Mrs. Nona Darnall, 81 also of the same address, was seriously injured and is reported in fair condition at Mills Memorial Hospital. Also injured was Mrs. Dora Sherer, 55, 438 Cavanaugh Street, San Mateo, and Mrs. Shirley A. Morrris, 59 1121 Juanita Avenue, Burlingame. Mrs. Sherer is in fair condition at Mills Hospital with a head injury. Mrs. Morris was treated for cuts at Kaiser Hospital. The accident occurred at 12:20 p. m. at the intersection of Woodside Expressway and Broadway when a car driven by Mrs. Morris made a left turn from the center eastbound lane of the expressway and was sruck by an oncoming pickup truck driven by Laurence O. Clark, 36, a Castro Valley cabinet maker.
Policemen Pete McDonald and Vincent Truscelli said that Mrs. Morris apparently became confused by the traffic signal arrow and made the left turn from the optional center lane while the arrow was showing green for straight ahead traffic only.
Police say the arrow system which sometimes permits a left turn from the center lane, poses a safety hazard at the intersetion with drivers not only making left turns on the straight ahead arrow, but stopping on the green arrow to wait for the left turn arrow. The signal system was installed by the state and is maintained by the division of highways.
Mrs. Morris told the police officers that she was making the turn onto Broadway with the intention of going to a nearby restaurant where the the women intended to have lunch.
Mrs. Hargett is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Velma Heinrich, of 627 Vera Avenue, Redwood City.

He was buried in December 1959 at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo Co., CA, Findagrave #87831595.

Child of Martin Thomas Hargett and Bertha Ardie Summers


  1. [S3654] 1900 Federal Census, Payne County, Oklahoma. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1341; FHL #1241341.

Neil Forrest Hargett

M, b. 15 July 1920, d. 15 July 1920
     Neil Forrest Hargett died on 15 July 1920 at Kern Co., CA. He was born on 15 July 1920 at Kern Co., CA. He was the son of Martin Thomas Hargett and Bertha Ardie Summers. Neil Forrest Hargett was buried in July 1920 at Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA, Findagrave #107003964.

Sheryl Elaine Hargett

F, b. 2 July 1947, d. 4 June 2016
     Sheryl Elaine Hargett was born on 2 July 1947 at Hutchinson, Reno Co., KS. She was the daughter of Bill Hargett and Doris H. Queen. Sheryl Elaine Hargett married Arden Lee White, son of James H. White and Opal Irene Spittler. Sheryl Elaine Hargett died on 4 June 2016 at Severy, Greenwood Co., KS, at age 68 Obituary (

After a life well-lived, Arden Lee White and Sheryl Elaine "Sherry" (Hargett) White went to be with their Lord and Savior on June 4, 2016. Arden was born to James & Opal White in Wellington, KS March 19, 1944. Sherry was born to Bill and Doris Hargett in Hutchinson, KS on July 2, 1947. They met and married in Stafford, KS on June 18, 1967. Arden and Sherry lived in California briefly while Arden served his country in the United States Navy. After serving in the Navy, they moved to Oklahoma City. They lived in their current home for over 44 years. Sherry worked for a while as an RN in OKC and Moore; they both owned and operated A&L Heat & Air, Inc for 20 years. Arden & Sherry loved to travel, and especially enjoyed camping and boating. Sherry loved to quilt, sew and craft, while Arden loved woodworking and fixing almost anything. For over 45 years, they were members of Hillcrest Christian Church. Arden & Sherry enjoyed being with each other and were almost always together during work, play, worship and now even in death! They were both preceded in death by their parents; and Arden's sister, Joyce Boos. Arden & Sherry are survived by daughters, Angela Snowden & husband Jonathan and Jennifer Smith & husband Jeffery; grandchildren, Cody, Julie, and Jaci Smith; and Elaine, Renee, and Nathan Snowden; Arden's brother, Gary; Sherry's sister, Lynette, and brother, Kevin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Services to Celebrate Their Lives will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Resthaven Funeral Home's Chapel with interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to HIllcrest Christian Church in their honor, 1501 SW 59th St., OKC, OK 73119.

Published in The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sunday, July 3, 2016, Page 23A.

Cause of death: Automobile accident. She was buried in June 2016 at Resthaven Gardens Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Cleveland Co., OK.

Tobias L. Hargett

M, b. 1859, d. 1942
     Tobias L. Hargett was born in 1859. He married Olive Rosetta (?). Tobias L. Hargett died in 1942. He was buried in 1942 at Stafford Cemetery, Stafford, Stafford Co., KS.

Child of Tobias L. Hargett and Olive Rosetta (?)

Ann Trigg Payne Hargis

F, b. 8 September 1871, d. 20 April 1954
     Ann Trigg Payne Hargis was born on 8 September 1871 at Carlisle, Nicholas Co., KY. She was the daughter of Judge Thomas Frazier Hargis and Lucy Stewart Norvell. Ann Trigg Payne Hargis married Addison Sturgeon Rodgers, son of Dr. John Harrison Rodgers and Jane Mitchell Sturgeon, on 27 June 1901. Ann Trigg Payne Hargis died on 20 April 1954 at age 82. She was buried in April 1954 at Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Clark Co., OH, Find A Grave Memorial# 60432410.

Children of Ann Trigg Payne Hargis and Addison Sturgeon Rodgers


  1. [S419] 1910 Federal Census, Clark County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 1158; FHL #1375171.

Judge Thomas Frazier Hargis

M, b. 24 June 1842, d. 3 August 1903
     Judge Thomas Frazier Hargis was born on 24 June 1842 at Jackson, Breathitt Co., KY. He married Lucy Stewart Norvell. Judge Thomas Frazier Hargis died on 3 August 1903 at Springfield, Clark Co., OH, at age 61 Obituary (

Thomas F. Hargis, was born in the quiet hamlet of Jackson (named in honor of Andrew Jackson), situated in Breathitt county. The date of his birth on the family record reads, 24th day of June, 1842. He was reared in his native county, and something of the spirit and strength, capability and resource of it seems to have taken root and flourished in his sturdy, enduring, but affable and sunny disposition. He applied himself to the study of law, and in April, 1866, he received his license to practice his profession. He entered upon the same in Rowan county, Ky., but in 1868 he removed to Carlisle, Nicholas county, Ky., where a finer opening awaited his energy and his ambition, and where the culmination of his heart's desire was reached, for in the month of June--the glorious time of sunshine and roses--on the 23rd day of said month in the following year, 1869, he was married to Miss Lucy Stewart Norvell, of Carlisle, Ky. From this auspicious moment fortune and honor seemed to have clasped hands and united energies in their desire to shower benefits on him.
At an especial election for county judge held in September, 1869, he was elected to fill the position, which he did with such credit to himself and satisfaction to the general public that in August, 1870, he was re-elected to the same position without opposition. In 1871 he was nominated by a Democratic convention, and at the August election, 1871, he was chosen senator from the Thirtieth district, defeating Judge James W. Anderson by four hundred and fifty-nine majority. He served four years in that position, winning many friends in his public career, and endearing himself to his constituents by a manly and conscientious adherence to their interests.
At the convention held for the purpose of nominating a criminal and equity judge of the Fourteenth Judicial district, Mr. Hargis was nominated unanimously, and was elected in March, 1878, over Colonel John L. Hickman (Republican), of Maysville, Ky., by twenty-two hundred and fourteen majority. He filled this position also with great credit to himself until April 24, 1879, when he received the nomination at Owingsville, Ky., as the choice of the Democratic party for the Court of Appeals for the First Appellate district, and on the 12th day of May, 1879, he was elected over the present incumbent, Judge W. H. Holt, of Mount Sterling, Ky., and this by the handsome majority of thirty-five hundred and fifty-five votes. He served on the bench of the Court of Appeals until the 1st day of September, 1884.
At the close of his term Judge Hargis removed to Louisville, Ky., and began the practice of law, having declined to run for re-election to the arduous position he had so creditably filled. His opinions while on the Supreme Bench of Kentucky met with the highest praise among attorneys in and out of the State. He has formed here a partnership with Captain George M. Eastin, than whom lives not on earth a more gallant and gracious gentleman, and the firm name is "Hargis & Eastin," and I venture the prophecy that it will become a power at the bar throughout the Commonwealth, for as practitioners of the law both gentlemen have a profound and thorough knowledge of its principles, and the most approved forms of practice, and as a consequence are bound to hold their eminence in the profession and add new laurels to their fame as clear, logical, and forcible practitioners.
Judge Hargis is candid and honest, bold and fearless, a ready debater, an able lawyer, and exhaustive thinker. His intellect is of a high order. In every relation of life, by firm and inflexible integrity, he has won the approbation of his fellowmen, and the warm and sincere affection of his many personal friends. He is a self-made man, and is one of the finest examples of the ennobling tendency of Republican institutions, and an encouragement to all meritorious and aspiring young men in America.

He was buried in August 1903 at Carlisle Cemetery, Carlisle, Nicholas Co., KY.

Child of Judge Thomas Frazier Hargis and Lucy Stewart Norvell

Susan Emily Hargraves

F, b. 1828, d. 1870
     Susan Emily Hargraves was born in 1828 at North Carolina. She married James N. Crowley. Susan Emily Hargraves died in 1870 at Vibbard, Ray Co., MO. She was buried in 1870 at Crowley Cemetery, Vibbard, Ray Co., MO, Find A Grave Memorial# 142442206.

Child of Susan Emily Hargraves and James N. Crowley

Hazel Marguerite Harker1

F, b. 30 October 1891, d. December 1980
     Hazel Marguerite Harker was born on 30 October 1891 at Argyle, Lafayette Co., WI, location per marriage record.1 She married Hugo Fredrick Herman Hager on 30 June 1915 at Black Hawk Co., IA.2 Hazel Marguerite Harker died in December 1980 at age 89. She was buried at Fort Dodge Memorial Park, Ft. Dodge, Webster Co., IA, Findagrave #180554527.

Child of Hazel Marguerite Harker and Hugo Fredrick Herman Hager


  1. [S5030] 1930 Federal Census, Webster County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 687-88; FHL #2340422-23.
  2. [S5092] Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940, Microfilm, Record Group 048. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. Database on-line,

Mary Harker

     Mary Harker married Thomas Metcalf.

Child of Mary Harker and Thomas Metcalf

Sarah Ann Harkins

F, b. February 1856, d. 1934
     Sarah Ann Harkins was born in February 1856 at Indiana.1 She married William Harvey Ingle on 28 November 1877 at Perry Co., IN. Sarah Ann Harkins and William Harvey Ingle were divorced before January 1920. Sarah Ann Harkins died in 1934. She was buried in 1934 at Bethany Union Cemetery, Eckerty, Crawford Co., IN, Findagrave #59156891.

Child of Sarah Ann Harkins and William Harvey Ingle


  1. [S273] 1900 Federal Census, Perry County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Film 397; FHL #1240397.

Annie Isabel Harkness

F, b. 5 May 1881, d. 28 October 1958
     Annie Isabel Harkness was born on 5 May 1881. She married William Edward Cunningham, son of Thomas D. Cunningham and Ann Maria Windell, circa 1908.1 Annie Isabel Harkness died on 28 October 1958 at age 77. She was buried in 1958 at Delavan Cemetery, Delavan, Morris Co., KS, Find A Grave Memorial# 52723320.

Children of Annie Isabel Harkness and William Edward Cunningham


  1. [S3798] 1910 Federal Census, Morris County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 449; FHL #1374462.

Elizabeth Harlacher1

F, b. 19 February 1789, d. 7 March 1876
     Elizabeth Harlacher was German Reformed.2 She was born on 19 February 1789.2 She married William Weidner, son of Jacob Weidner and Elizabeth Preiss.2 Elizabeth Harlacher died on 7 March 1876 at age 87.2

Children of Elizabeth Harlacher and William Weidner


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Alice Harlan

F, b. 26 December 1778, d. 25 February 1860
     Note: Never married. Alice Harlan was born on 26 December 1778 at Chester Co., PA. She was the daughter of David Harlan and Alice Starr. Alice Harlan died on 25 February 1860 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA, at age 81.

Billie Louise Harlan1

F, b. circa 1924
     Billie Louise Harlan was born circa 1924 at Maricopa Co., AZ.1 She was the daughter of Lawrence Leland Harlan and Lucille Schnebly.1


  1. [S3124] 1930 Federal Census, Maricopa County, Arizona. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 60; FHL #2339795.

David Harlan

M, b. 1725, d. February 1793
Son of Michael Harland and Hannah Maris. David Harlan was born in 1725 at London Grove Twp., Chester Co., PA. He was the son of Michael Harlan and Hannah Maris. David Harlan married Alice Starr, daughter of Jeremiah Starr and Rebecca Jackson, on 16 December 1756 at New Garden Meeting, Chester Co., PA. David Harlan died in February 1793 at Cecil Co., MD.

Children of David Harlan and Alice Starr

David Harlan

M, b. 12 January 1765
     David Harlan died at London Grove Twp., Chester Co., PA. He was born on 12 January 1765 at London Grove Twp., Chester Co., PA. He was the son of David Harlan and Alice Starr.

Don R. Harlan1

M, b. circa February 1927
     Don R. Harlan was born circa February 1927 at Maricopa Co., AZ.1 He was the son of Lawrence Leland Harlan and Lucille Schnebly.1


  1. [S3124] 1930 Federal Census, Maricopa County, Arizona. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 60; FHL #2339795.

Elisha Harlan

M, b. 18 February 1767, d. 3 October 1846
     Elisha Harlan was born on 18 February 1767 at London Grove Twp., Chester Co., PA. He was the son of David Harlan and Alice Starr. Elisha Harlan died on 3 October 1846 at Porter's Bridge, Cecil Co., MD, at age 79.