ADA — Earl B. Harps, 96, formerly of Shawnee, and Denham Springs, Louisiana, died on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 3:30 a.m. at his residence in Ada. He was born on May 27, 1917 in Wapakoneta, to Dallas V. and Lillie (Truesdale) Harps and they preceded him in death. On Nov. 22, 1937 he married Betty B. Mort and she passed away on Jan. 25, 2014.

Earl retired after working for 34 years as an electrician for Westinghouse Corporation, of Lima. He was a member of the St. Mathews Lutheran Church, of Shawnee. Earl was a U.S. Army Veteran who served during WWII in Germany from May 8, 1945 to July 4, 1946. He was a member of the F&AM Chapter #706 of Lima, Ohio. He was a member of the Hunting Club in Denham Springs, Louisiana. He also served on the Board of Directors and Credit Committee for Westinghouse Credit Union.

Surviving is a daughter, Judy (Tom) Williams, of Ada; a son-in-law, Tom Walker, of Denham Springs, Louisiana; nine grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie (Harold) Fisher, of Spencerville.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Debra Ann Ott and Saundra “Sonnie” Walker; a grandson, Terry Williams; a great-grandson, Terry Lee Williams, Jr.; and a sister, Betty Marie Coon.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with Pastor Jeff Waite officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

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