Kenneth Harkins (1944-2020)

Kenneth “Lee” Harkins, age 75, of Albia, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, under the care of Care Initiatives Hospice at Oakwood Specialty Care in Albia.

Lee was born on Dec. 18, 1944, to Harvey Miles and Wilma Susie (Summers) Harkins at the Decatur County Hospital in Leon. Following school, he served his country in the United States Army. Lee married Elizabeth Ileen Baxter in 1992 in Albia. Lee and Elizabeth shared nearly 18 years of marriage prior to her passing on Feb. 24, 2010.

Lee was an over the road truck driver for many years. He was a very active member of the Nazarene Church. He enjoyed being outdoors and fishing. He also enjoyed cooking, canning vegetables, and collecting nuts to make cookies and snacks. Lee loved to visit with his family and friends.

Lee is survived by two stepchildren, Sally Moffet of Des Moines, and Randy Moffet of Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren, Kellie (Justin) Enderson of Huxley, Jeff (Kim) Turner of Weatherford, Texas, Stephanie Moffet of Ottumwa, Allison (Joel) Turner of Elk Horn, Jennifer Meunier of Wisconsin, and Patrick (Amber) Turner of Leighton; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. Lee is also survived by an uncle, Ernie Harkins; an aunt Mary Bell Mulvania; five nephews; two nieces; five cousins and two sisters-in-law, Sue (Gene) Harkins and MaryEtta (Harv Jr.) Harkins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; his parents, Harvey and Wilma Harkins; two stepdaughters, Ginger Moffet and Pat Turner; an aunt LaVonia Heriford; a grandson, Jason Huddleston; a great-grandson, Neomyiah Fortner; two brothers; his paternal grandparents and maternal grandparents; his parents-in-law, Clifford and Ruth Baxter; a sister-in-law, Karen Fleagle; and a niece, Martha.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Lee’s family present from 5 to 8 p.m., to greet family and friends. According to the rules put in place by the Iowa Department of Public Health, proper social distancing and reasonable personal protective equipment is advised for attending a religious public event.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene in Moravia, with Pastor Terry Chapman officiating. Burial will follow services in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel.

A memorial has been established to the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene in Moravia.

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