Orval Albert Harold, 96, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013. Orval was born November 16, 1916, on a farmstead near Dresden, Kansas, the oldest of four sons of Albert Harold and Vera Bates Harold.
As a young man, he grew up working the family farm and graduated from Decatur County High School in Oberlin, Kansas. In 1940, he married Mildred Chappell and attended Kansas State University until the onset of World War II interrupted his education. He entered military service in June 1941 and was assigned to the 63rd Infantry Regiment as an Infantry Unit Commander. He saw combat in the Pacific Theater, mainly in the jungles of New Guinea. As a reward for their skill and conduct against the enemy, the soldiers of the 63rd Regiment were entitled to wear the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Following his military service, he returned to Kansas State University and completed his formal education, earning a degree in Agriculture. In keeping with his love of the land, he began a career with the United States Department of Agriculture and worked in various assignments throughout Kansas as a soil conservationist until he retired in 1977 in Manhattan, Kansas.
Following retirement, he continued to be active in the management of the family farms and enjoyed pursuing his passion for golf. After the death of his wife of 56 years, Mildred, he moved to Dodge City, Kansas, and married Fran Foster. They enjoyed traveling and visiting friends and family. Following Fran’s death in 2001, he moved to Columbia to be closer to family and met and married Eula Simmons, who also preceded him in death.
He is survived by a brother Gale Harold and wife Dee of Omaha, Nebraska; a daughter, Nancy Kautz of Columbia; two grandchildren, Bryan Clark and Cristin Clark; and two great-grandchildren, Colbin and Brody Clark, all of Columbia. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd and Cloyce Harold, and a daughter, Barbara Clark of Columbia.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Pauls Funeral Home, Oberlin, Kansas (www.paulsfh.com). Burial with military honors will be in the Oberlin Cemetery.