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Harold Earnest, formerly of Columbia, died April 13, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 5:36 p.m. CDT

Harold Earnest, 81, passed away at the San Juan Nursing Home in San Juan, TX on Saturday April 13, 2013 with his wife Dee, by his side.  Harold was born in Humansville, Missouri. He was the son of Marie Hall Earnest and Harley Earnest.  Being born at the beginning of the Depression, his two favorite toys were of humble means but provided hours of entertainment. One was a tin can he used to push with a stick and the other was a tire he would roll around.

Harold graduated from Humansville High school in 1949, where he served as Student Council President.  He was the first in his family to go to college. He achieved this by entering the Navy, where he served during the Korean War, on the island of Guam as a First Class Hospital Corpsman.

After his military service, Harold enrolled in the University of Kansas Pharmacy School. However, years later, due to the influence of his children, he became a University of Missouri fan.

He met his wife Deanne, a fellow pharmacy student, while at KU.  During their courtship, unbeknownst to him, Dee had given him a deadline. She had gone to her mother and said that if he didn’t propose by Christmas she was going to have to move on because she wanted someone who was serious about a future together.  Thankfully he had a ring and proposed by Thanksgiving!  They were married June 12 1960. 52 years of marriage and not once was his ring off his hand.

Harold worked as a pharmacist during his professional career, starting off in Kansas. He later settled in Columbia in 1971, where he and Dee bought the Gem Drug Pharmacy in the local area. Harold was very active in the Rotary Organization.  He and Dee enjoyed spending time on the Katy Trail and Lakeside Club as well.  They also enjoyed square dancing together. He took great interest in his Norwegian heritage and exploring past generations.

Harold and Dee retired in January 1994. They enjoyed many years of traveling, including several extended European trips. After being introduced to the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas, they became Winter Texans in the mid-90s, spending time at The Tropic Star RV resort in Pharr, TX in the winters and Columbia in the summers.  They became full residents of Texas in the mid-2000s. Harold enjoyed organizing and running the Star Mart, a small retail store at Tropic Star, and served on many committees and projects as well at the park.

Harold is survived by his wife of 52 years, Deanne, his younger brother Leonard “Ernie” Earnest (Marilyn) of O’Fallon, MO, his son Kevin Earnest of Columbia, his daughter Jana Wilson (Pax) of Springfield, MO, his son Brad Earnest (Kimberly) of Columbia and 8 grandchildren: Jacob, Yani, Katie, Natalie, Brenna, Brighton, Rae Ann and Drew.  He was preceded in death by his older brother Randall “Red” Earnest (Nell).

Memorial services for Harold will be held Saturday May 18, 2013 3:00pm-4:00pm at Memorial Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO BOX 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.

Tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


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