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Obituaries

May 23, 2013

Earl Horras

RICHLAND — Earl Bernard Horras, 77, of Richland, died May 21, 2013, at St Luke’s Hospice Center in Cedar Rapids.

He was born at home on May 29, 1935, in rural Keokuk County to Walter and Edna (Sieren) Horras. He lived in Keokuk, Washington and Jefferson counties growing up. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1953 and drove the school bus from age 16 until graduation.

Earl enlisted in the Iowa National Guard on Dec. 23, 1957. He was a member of Company C, 224th Engineering Battalion out of Fairfield. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 22, 1963, as a staff sergeant.

Earl married Mary Jo Moeller on Nov. 22, 1958, at St James Catholic Church in St. Paul. The couple made their home in Richland until his death.

Earl was an active member of SS Joseph and Cabrini Catholic Church in East Pleasant Plain. He served previously as the Parrish Council president and was a past member of the Finance Council. He was an active member of the Richland Lions Club for 54 years, serving as the president three times and was a member on the executive board. He was a current member of the Richland Community Club. Other past organizations included the Richland Town Council, Richland Cub Scouts (served as Cub Scout Master for three years) and the Fairfield Elks Lodge for 25 years. He also enjoyed being part of the football chain gang for Pekin High School for 18 years while his sons played and after they graduated. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs.

Earl’s job was one of his greatest pleasures in life. He worked for Case IH for almost 60 years. He started as a parts man at the age of 18 for Hendrickson Implement in Richland. The business expanded over the years to include Fairfield Equipment and Keokuk Co. Implement, where he was the parts manager for all three locations. He remained at the Keokuk Co. Implement location after the other locations closed. He was still working as the Equipment Sales Manager at Keokuk Co. Implement until his death.

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