Harley Merle Ard, 88, Topeka: Feb. 22, 1929 – Feb. 4, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Harley Merle Ard, 88, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Feb. 4, 2018, at his home. He was born in Osage City, Kan., on Feb. 22, 1929, to Elmer and Marie Ard.

He grew up in Osage City and married Iva Jean Griffin, on Dec. 8, 1948. They have lived in the Osage County area most of their lives.

He worked at the Lyndon, Kan., broom factory for many years. He was employed at Ohse Meat Products when he moved to Topeka in 1967. He then worked for J.R. Schnebly as property manager for many years, and Essex for 25 years as a foreman until the plant closed. He retired as head custodian at Washburn Rural Middle School.

He was a shade tree mechanic, even when he could no longer physically do the work. He loved to read the newspaper from front to back and over again. He loved his family deeply and enjoyed his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Jean; his children: Shirley (Larry) McCollum, of Silver Lake, Kan., Gladys (Boyd) Woodyard, Osage City, Marie (Bruce) Culbertson, Carbondale, Kan., Merle (Cathy) Ard, Carbondale, Mike (Anna) Ard, Carbondale, David Ard, Topeka, and Richard (Stacy) Ard, Topeka; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six siblings, a son, Lee Ard, a daughter, Patty Molinar, and a grandson, Alan Culbertson.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Heartland Worship Center, 1401 NW Harrison St., Topeka.

Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66604 or the church.

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