The Ottumwa Courier

November 10, 2012

Harold Courtney, 85, Fremont


FREMONT — Harold E. “Gene” Courtney, 85, of Iowa City, formerly of Fremont, passed away Nov. 7, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Gene was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Mahaska County, the son of Charles and Amanda Courtney. In 1948, he married Mildred Glandon in Pella.

He served his country during World War II. For most of his life, Gene drove semi-trucks for Ruan Transport hauling gasoline. He was proud to earn and receive the “million plus mile safety award” for his career. Gene and Mildred moved to Iowa City in 1988 from Fremont. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs.

Gene is survived by his son, Darrel (Cynthia) Courtney of Coralville; his daughter, Binky (Terry) Strunk of Plano; five grandchildren, Brandon, Nathan, Nicholas, Melissa and Amber; five great-grandchildren; his brother and sister, Donald (Maxine) Courtney of Ottumwa and Frances Karsten of Oskaloosa; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2000; two infant grandsons, Jason and Steffan; five brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services to celebrate his life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lensing’s Oak Hill, 210 Holiday Road, in Coralville; with Rev. John McKinstry officiating. Graveside committal will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Indianapolis Cemetery near What Cheer.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of services Monday at Lensing’s Oak Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at UIHC or to the Oaknoll Foundation.

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