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Columbia Missourian

Orval Harold, 96, served during World War II

By Greta Weber
June 8, 2013 | 5:55 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Orval Albert Harold died Friday, May 31, 2013. He was 96.

Mr. Harold was born Nov. 16, 1916, to Albert Harold and Vera Bates Harold on a farmstead near Dresden, Kan.. He was the oldest of four sons.

Mr. Harold graduated from Decatur County High School in Oberlin, Kan. He married Mildred Chappell in 1940. Mr. Harold served in the military during World War II as an infantry unit commander in the Pacific theater. He attended Kansas State University, where he earned a degree in agriculture.

He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a soil conservationist until he retired in 1977 in Manhattan, Kan. He continued to manage the family farms after his retirement and enjoyed a passion for golf.

After the death of his wife of 56 years, Mildred, Mr. Harold moved to Dodge City, Kan., and married Fran Foster. Following Foster’s death in 2001, he moved to Columbia, where he met and married Eula Simmons, who also died before Mr. Harold.

He is survived by a brother Gale Harold and wife Dee of Omaha, Neb.; his daughter, Nancy Kautz, of Columbia; two grandchildren, Bryan Clark and Cristin Clark, of Columbia; and two great-grandchildren, Colbin and Brody Clark, of Columbia.

His two brothers, Lloyd and Cloyce Harold, and a daughter, Barbara Clark of Columbia, also died earlier.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Pauls Funeral Home, Oberlin, Kan. Burial, with military honors, will be in the Oberlin Cemetery.

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