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Harold Ness Sr.

Mount Ayr

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 10:41 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:40 a.m. CDT

Harold Ness Sr., 79, of Mount Ayr died March 31, 2014, upon arrival to Ringgold County Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. Randy Drake, Tony Crandell and Dan Warren will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Open visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and a fund yet to be named to help children in the community. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.

Harold Ness Sr., son of Hilda Grace (Bolinger) and Joseph Edward Ness Sr., was born July 16, 1934, in Carroll County, Westminster, Md.

Harold served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and spent one year deployed to Saudi Arabia.

On March 5, 1971, Harold married Retha Middleton at the Community of Christ Church in Davis City.

Harold was the custodian at Mount Ayr Community Schools for 17 years. He also was the custodian and took care of several businesses and government offices in Mount Ayr. 

Harold is survived by his wife Retha Ness of Mount Ayr; children, Jack Woodrow Ness of North Carolina, Dianne Marie Ness of Cambridge, Md., Harold (Linda) Ness Jr. of Des Moines, William Ness of Salisbury, Md., Scott Laverne (Amy) Ness of Salisbury, Md., Cherie (Lonnie) McGlynn of Urbandale,Ed (Jolene) Hiebing of Leon, Susan D. Hower (significant other David Dorsey) of Clearfield, Angelina K. Fricke of Mount Ayr and Ronda (Gene) Thurman of Hatfield, Mo.; grandchildren, Lacey Richardson, Shyler Hamilton, Charrissa Lewis, Michelle Milam, Stephanie Cooper, Quillian Hiebing, Jessica Fricke, Denim Hiebing, Cory Thurman, Dexter Hiebing, Brian Thurman and Bryce Hower; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings, Jeanette Mills of Big Pool, Md., Lydia Ellen (Bob) Cadle of Upper Falls, Md., Josephine Agnes (Leo) Parker of Mount Airy, Md., Joseph Edward (Carolyn) Ness Jr. of Leon, Anna Mae Hilda (Bill) Baker of Cumberland, Md., and Francis Vernon Ness of Westminster, Md.; and sister-in-law Donella Drake of Mount Ayr.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ellsworth “Bud” Ness, sister Mary Ness Pierce, daughter Sherie Ness, grandson Brett Lewis Fricke, son-in-law Perry Lewis Fricke; and brothers-in-law, Linden Drake and Gene Mills.

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