ARAPAHOE -- Harley H. Einspahr Sr., 94, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2002) at the Tri-County Area Hospital in Lexington.
He was born June 20, 1908, at Kenesaw, to Bernhardt C. and Emma (Plambeck) Einspahr. He was raised in Kenesaw where he attended school. After school, he worked various jobs as a farm hand and mechanic in Nebraska and Colorado.
On Oct. 23, 1932, he married Hattie Caroline Marie Kottemeyer at Arriba, Colo. They moved to the Lexington area in 1935, and to Wilsonville in 1949, while they farmed. In 1953, they made their home in Elwood where he farmed until he retired in 1968. After retiring, he worked for a number of years with Bellamy's John Deere of Elwood.
He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Arapahoe. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Hattie in 1998; brother, Marcus; five sisters, Susetta, Mildred, Delores, Laveda and Eleanor; and one grandson.
Survivors include three sons, Virgil Einspahr and wife, Janis of Orleans, Norman Einspahr and wife, Cynthia of Longmont, Colo., and Harley Einspahr Jr. and wife, Merilen of Farnam; one daughter, Elaine and husband, Dean Houlden of Elwood; one brother, Wensil "Whitey" Einspahr and wife, Hulda of Arapahoe; 17 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood with the Rev. Kenton Birtell officiating. Burial will be in the Elwood Cemetery at Elwood.
Viewing and visitation will be today until 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in his name.
Williamson-Wenburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.