Roy Harke

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January 9, 1929 - June 27, 2020
Born in Old Monroe, MO
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Roy Harke, of O'Fallon, MO, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the age of 91.

Beloved husband of 62 years to Norma J. Harke (nee Scott); cherished son of the late Lawrence and Lucy Harke; devoted father of Eric (Tracy) Harke, Milly Ransom, Penny Bowman and Ron Harke; loving grandfather of Michael Pirtle, Christopher Harke, Heather (David) Fry, Ashley Bowman, Rachel (Kevin) Bennett, Megan (David) Preston, Devon Ransom, Brittney Ballew and Joey Taylor; treasured great-grandfather of Grace Pirtle, Wyatt Pirtle, Kara Schemkes, Natalie Azar, Ezekiel Harke, David Fry, Ashlyn Fry, Damian Fry, Rayburn Fry, Hailey Arrowood, the late Dakota Arrowood, Austin Bowman, Kaylie Williams, Caitlynn Williams, Kevin Bennett, Cain Bennett, Bryant Preston, Peyton Preston, Alena Preston, Brilynn Ballew and Kinley Wiggains; dear brother of the late Robert (Bernadette) Harke, the late Harriet (the late Edwin “Epp”) Bauer, Ruth (the late Alvin) Bauer, the late Carl (Dorothy) Harke, Earl (Elizabeth) Harke, Kathryn (the late Oliver “Buzzy”) Bowman, and the late Gary (Anne) Harke; Roy is survived by in-laws, Rick and Sharon Crossman; preceded in death by two brother in-laws and three sister in-laws.

Roy was a hardworking farmer and family man. He had a humble spirit and kind personality. Roy was born and raised in Old Monroe, Missouri where he worked on the family farm. In his free time, Roy loved to play baseball. He was a talented athlete, played in the farming league for many years and was even signed with Moline Athletics Inc. in 1948. Roy’s passion of the sport has been passed down many generations, as his great grandchildren still play on the same community field today. Roy also enjoyed bowling and playing horseshoes and later in life enjoyed golfing. Roy was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorials may be made in Roy's name to The Smile Train and Shriners Children’s Hospital.

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June 30, 2020

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  1. Walter Burkemper June 29, 2020 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss Ron.

  2. Gayle Stelzer June 30, 2020 at 8:09 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. My sympathies to all.

  3. Mary Ann Mehs June 30, 2020 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers Tracy and families.

  4. Mary Ann Mehs June 30, 2020 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers for you Tracy and families.

  5. Richard Hackett June 30, 2020 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    candle 1Aunt Norma and Family you are all in my prayers.

  6. Bob Simmons June 30, 2020 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    candle 3I am bery sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family and friends. RIP Mr. Harke

    • Eric Harke July 1, 2020 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you brother my Dad always enjoyed talking with you when youd hang out with us up at the machine shed

  7. Sheri June 30, 2020 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    candle 6I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you.

  8. Kelly Tessereau June 30, 2020 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    We are praying for you all
    during this difficult time.

  9. Tamra Henry July 1, 2020 at 7:35 am - Reply

    May God bless and comfort you.

  10. Phyllis Thornhill July 1, 2020 at 8:30 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. My thoughts are prayers are with you, Norma and family.

  11. Jim and Mary Rottger July 1, 2020 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Norma, and the entire family.

  12. Rinda Ontiveros July 1, 2020 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Thinking of you, Norma, and all your family, with love and prayers…

  13. Wendy Glidden July 2, 2020 at 9:13 am - Reply

    candle 3I remember Mr. Harke atop his tractor, sweat on his brow, and a big smile on his face. He had the best smile! I am glad to have known him. Please know you are all in my prayers- Norma, Eric, Milly, Penny, and Ronnie.

    • Jean Davis July 3, 2020 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      candle 8Ron, sorry for your loss. We are praying for your family.

  14. Jan Ransom Balcom July 2, 2020 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a good man. I know you will miss him.sending my love and prayers.

  15. Silvia + Claus, Altena, Germany July 4, 2020 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    candle 7Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  16. Leah Glidden DeVos July 6, 2020 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I was so very sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Harke.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  17. Patty (Hosack) Blakely July 10, 2020 at 12:01 am - Reply

    candle 8So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Mrs. Harke, and your dad, Eric, Milly, Penny and Ron. Sending you all prayers to get through this difficult time.

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