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Harold F. Ethington

April 27, 1920 — June 22, 2007

Burial will be at the Graceland Cemetery with Military Honors by the Theodore J. Martens VFW Post #1797. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Assocation and/or the American Lung Association.
Harold Franklin Ethington, the son of James Franklin and Virgie May (Keiser) Ethington, was born on April 27, 1920, at Faulkton, South Dakota. Harold entered eternal rest on June 22, 2007, at the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston, Iowa, at the age of eighty-seven years, one month and twenty-four days.
Harold lived in South Dakota until age three. After that, he and his family lived in the Clearfield, Diagonal, and Lenox area until they moved to Creston in 1939. Harold attended school in Taylor County through the eighth grade.
On September 30, 1940, Harold married Mary Lou Taddicken in Maryville, Missouri. This union was blessed with one son.
Harold enlisted in the United States Navy on February 29, 1944, at Des Moines, IA, and served during World War II. He was stationed aboard the U.S.S. LST 595 as a Fireman First Class during the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. Harold was honorably discharged on January 3, 1946, at the Great Lakes Separation Center in Illinois.
Harold was a self-employed carpenter at Ethington Jeffryes Construction in Creston for thirty-five years. Cabinet making was his specialty. After that he worked for 10 years as a custodian at the Union County Courthouse. Then Harold and Mary Lou moved to a farm near Arispe where Harold raised hogs and farmed for twenty years. They returned to Creston in 1999. He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Creston, the American Legion, and was a life-time member of the VFW.
Left to mourn Harolds passing is his wife of sixty-six years: Mary Lou Ethington, Creston; his son: H. Frank (wife Mary Ellen) Ethington, Jr., Brighton, CO; his sisters: Virginia Shoenhair, Altoona, IA; Phyllis (husband Jack) Craig, Creston, and Lena (husband John) Maroney, Pueblo, CO; his brother-in-law: David Lesher, Aurora, CO; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding Harold in death were his parents; two brothers: Earl Ethington and Robert Ethington; two sisters: Hazel Breese and Grace Lesher; his granddaughter: Sue Ellen Ethington, and his nephew: Johnny Maroney.

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