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A veteran, Harold served with the U.S. Army Harold L. Lakey, son of Guy Lakey and Lola (Hutchison) Lakey, was born on Oct. 6, 1935 in Coldsprings, Mo., and went home to Heaven on Nov. 30, 2008 at the age of 73 years.
Harold was a resident of the Ava community most of his life. He was co-owner with his son, of Lakey and Lakey, Inc. in Ava. On June 7, 1958 Harold and Carol Ann Rider were united in marriage in Dayton, Wash., and to this union five children were born. Harold was a born-again believer and faithful witness to others of the saving grace that had changed his life over 50 years ago. Harold faithfully attended Liberty Faith Church in Norwood, Mo., where he will be greatly missed by his brothers and sisters in Christ.
Harold was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Louise Porter and Marian Smith, and one brother, Narvel E. Lakey.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann of the home in Ava; five children and their spouses, Leslie Ann and Mark Lauger, Greenville, S.C., Lynne and Don Bobo, Santa Ana, Calif., Lisa and Tim Allen, Knob Noster, Mo., Lyndell and Mandy Lakey, Ava, and Leigh Ann and Jerad Hanson, Wellsville, Kan.; 25 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four brothers and their spouses, Darrell and Patsy Lakey, Elwood and Judy Lakey, Marvin and Jean Lakey and Gilbert Basil Lakey, all of Ava; and one sister, Sue and Cap Porter, Ava; and a host of other relatives and friends.
While we grieve for the loss of our loved one from this life we are at the same time comforted with the joy of knowing that we will see him again, if we have trusted Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. Harold’s earnest desire in life, and now at his death, is that others would hear the gospel, consider their own eternal destiny, and come to the Savior.
Services for Harold were Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at Liberty Faith Church, Norwood, with Pastor Reg Kelly officiating. Interment followed in the Ava Cemetery, under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home. The family requests memorials to Camp JOY, a Christian Camp that Harold lovingly supported. Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome. com.