Harold  Garner
Harold Marion Garner, 81, of Ottumwa died at 4:10 a.m. August 25, 2019 at Hospice House.
He was born June 9, 1938 in Springdale, AR to Marion and Mildred Mayo Garner. He married Lois Yvonne Hohlfeld February 21, 1958 in Mt. Ayr, IA.
A graduate of Redding High School in 1956, Harold worked 41 ½ years for the Iowa DNR, retiring in 1998. In his career he helped oversee the movement of Giant Canadian Geese and wild turkeys to Iowa. After retiring, he and his wife, moved from Russell to Lake Rathbun, moving to Ottumwa in 2013.
He was a member of Pennsylvania Ave. Free Methodist Church and the Lions Club in Russell. He enjoyed pitching horseshoes, having participated multiple times in the World Horseshoe Tournament. He also loved to hunt, fish, pick mushrooms and most importantly spend time with his family.
Surviving is his wife, Lois; two children, Richard (Kim) Garner and Carol (Doug) Drummond both of Ottumwa; 5 grandchildren, Kristen (Aaron) Bankson, Justin Drummond (fianceé, Erica Colvin), Nicole Drummond (fiancé, Brad Crosby), Zach Garner, Kourtney Garner (fiancé, Javier Cortez); 7 great- grandchildren, Kiley, Karter, Jayden, Hailey, Wyatt, Everly and Isabella; a brother, Ryland (Georgia) Garner of Carrollton, IL; two sisters, Bonnie Ward of Shenandoah, IA and Sue (Frank) Carson of Diagonal, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Billy Garner, LoDean Garner and Maxine Tridle.
His body has been cremated. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Pennsylvania Ave. Free Methodist Church with Pastor George King officiating.
The family will be present one hour prior to the service to greet friends.
Memorials may be made to Pennsylvania Ave. Free Methodist Church or Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties.
Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published on August 26, 2019


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Ed Weiner
Aug 30, 2019
I enjoyed many hours with Harold at meetings and district work activities.
My condolences to your family....He was a great Person!!
Lana Nelson
Aug 29, 2019
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. Have a lot of memories from the lake.
Chris Wilkening (Penn Place Activities)
Aug 28, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed Harold and his quiet ways and sense of humor. He and Lois were my faithful Wii Bowlers and went on all of our lunch outings and Pella Tulip Time trips. They told me they wanted to go out for lunch at Krazy Connie's because that was their old stomping grounds, so we did and they had such a good time. He will truly be missed.
Terry Little
Aug 27, 2019
My condolences to the family. Harold was a treat to work and visit with for the 30 years I had the pleasure of knowing him. His efforts for conservation will have a lasting impact on the wildlife and people of Iowa for generations to come. You can be justifiably proud of that.
I am on vacation in Minnesota or I would surely be at the services.
Alina tridle
Aug 27, 2019
Thinking of family and aunt lois. Sorry i couldnt be there sending love and prayers
Annette and Carl Marshall
Aug 26, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to the family. Your dad will always be remembered. He always helped people out and the many times he played Santa clause. Always a smile. He will be missed by many.
Gary Chidester
Aug 26, 2019
May God Bless you and your Family in this time of sorrow. Heaven is a place where God has created His most perfect gift to his children... a Paradise beyond human imagination. Your father is now living in a world where youth is endless and time is limitless.
The journey to Heaven is only one heartbeat away. May Jesus comfort you, knowing that your father has already met Him... face to face. By
Betty Mason
Aug 26, 2019
Condolences to Lois, Carol and Richard and all of your families. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Harold was a kind, quiet and gentle person; well liked by all.
Kim & Mike Weston
Aug 26, 2019
Sending love and prayers for strength