Orville John Harberts, age 99, of New Hartford, Iowa, died Sunday, October 7, 2018, at Western Home Deery Suites in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Orville was born on January 30, 1919, in rural Stout, Iowa, the son of John and Hannah (Casjens) Harberts. Orville was later baptized and confirmed at the Stout Reformed Church. He attended country school near his home and then worked on the family farm. In 1939, Orville started dating his future bride, Marcella Wildebuer and on February 18, 1941, he entered the United States Army during WWII. Orville and Marcella were married on May 13, 1942. Marcella eventually returned to New Hartford and lived with her parents while Orville served overseas. On January 14, 1945, he was wounded in Luzon, the largest of the Philippine Islands, and spent the next three months in a military hospital in New Guinea. Orville then returned to his outfit until the end of the war. He was honorably discharged on October 25, 1945 and returned home to New Hartford with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. The couple made their home with Marcella’s parents and Orville began working for John Deere in Waterloo. In 1948 they purchased their farm Northeast of New Hartford where they farmed for the next twenty- seven years. They then sold the farm and moved to their home on Beaver Valley Street. Orville began working for the implement dealer in New Hartford until it closed three years later. He then began a six-year stint with the New Hartford School System where he maintained the busses. Orville finally retired for good in the early 1980’s. Marcella died on May 19, 2003.
Orville was a longtime, faithful member of New Hartford United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees, many committees, and had been a long-term usher and head usher. He also was a lifelong member of Lions Club and Lion of the year in 1994 and belong to DAV-CVA Disabled Veterans.
Orville's memory is honored by: son, Merrill O. Harberts and his wife Mary of Cedar Falls, Iowa; daughter, Melody Azbill and her husband Lowell of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two grandchildren, Jim Azbill of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Marie Azbill of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; and two brothers, Dick and Harvey Harberts.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in New Hartford. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 11 at United Methodist Church in New Hartford with Pastor Jerry Avise-Rouse officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in New Hartfrod. Memorials may be directed to Unity Point Hospice or American Legion and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly assisting the family with arrangements 319-352-1187.
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