Virgil W. Harned, 93, West Liberty
Obituaries · April 12, 2013

Virgil W. Harned, 93, of West Liberty died Thursday April 4, 2013, at the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.

Funeral services were Monday, April 8, 2013 at the First Church United in West Liberty. Visitation was Sunday at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, West Liberty. Memorials may be made to the West Liberty Fire Department.

Virgil was born Feb. 15, 1920, in West Liberty, the son of Carl and Freda Crozer Harned. He was a graduate of West Liberty High School in the Class of 1938. On Nov. 22, 1941, he was united in marriage to Venita Vetter in Muscatine, Iowa. He served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II.

Virgil and Venita purchased the Brown Lynch Hardware store in West Liberty and operated it for many years as Harned True Value Hardware, until their retirement.

He was a member of the First Church United in West Liberty and had served on many boards at the former Presbyterian Church. He was a 50-plus year member of the Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was also a member of the Muscatine Moose Lodge, Mansell Phillips American Legion Post 509, West Liberty Fire Department, Chamber of Commerce, West Liberty City Council and the Lions Club.

Survivors included his wife Venita Harned of West Liberty, though she died three days later. Other survivors include three children: Donna (James) Stagg of West Liberty, Kenneth (Sydney) Harned of West Liberty and Linda (Lyle) Buline of Lone Tree; six grandchildren: Debra (Marty) Haugh, Andrew (Danielle) Stagg, Curtis (Melissa) Stagg, Brandon (Renee) Harned, Kyle (Laura) Harned and Melinda (Brad) Tripses; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother, Bob.

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