Robert Harrington

Robert Francis Harrington Sr.

Tuesday, June 12th, 1928 - Thursday, May 30th, 2019
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Robert F. (Bob) Harrington, age 90, died May 30, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida.

He was born June 12, 1928 in Coffeyville Kansas, the eighth child of William and Anita Harrington.
Brothers Louis, Raymond, Joe, Bill, Ambrose (Mac) and Glen Harrington; and one sister Louise Harrington all deceased.

Bob graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School in Coffeyville Kansas and attended Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas. He was called to active duty in the US Army in 1950 and served in Korean War with Heavy Mortar Company 223rd Infantry regiment 40th Infantry Division attaining rank of Master Sergeant. His decorations include Army Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Combat Infantry Badge and United Nations Service Medal.

Bob married M. Jean Altom on May 2, 1952 in Coffeyville Kansas where they resided until moving to Springfield Missouri in 1972. She preceded him in death on Oct 8, 2008. They had three children; Robert F Harrington Jr and wife Janice of Springfield Mo, Julie (Harrington) Bales and husband Kevin of Sarasota Florida and Michael Harrington (deceased). Three grandchildren and four great grandchildren were a special blessing to “Boompa”.

Bob spent the majority of his career in sales starting with Harrington Sales Company Budweiser Distributorship in Coffeyville Kansas and retiring as an agent with Colonial Life and Accident Insurance in Springfield Mo. He had many friends and customers throughout Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri.

The last years of his life were spent in Sarasota Florida at Brookdale Midtown Assisted Living and later at Brookdale Deer Creek Memory Care Center. His daughter Julie was the driving force managing his care. The family would like to thank all those caregivers involved at both facilities. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

“Life by the yard is hard, but by the inch it’s a cinch”.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 am Friday, June 7, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Springfield with Msgr. Thomas Reidy celebrating. Burial will follow at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: The Kitchen

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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, June 7th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, June 7th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
    2200 W. Republic Road
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    Msgr. Thomas Reidy
  • Interment

    Friday, June 7th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, June 7th, 2019 1:00pm
    Missouri Veterans Cemetery
    5201 S. Southwood Road
    Springfield, Missouri 65804
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Kathy kahrhoff

Posted at 07:05pm
I also have such fond memories of Uncle Bob and our summer visits in Coffeyville with the family. He truly was one of my favorite uncles! I remember when he and our dad competed in a water balloon throwing game with me and my siblings....from the second floor of Grandma’s house! Needless to say Grandma & Aunt Louise did not approve of our activities so Dad and Uncle Bob received the same lecture that we did. Uncle Bob always had a great sense of humor, was a lot of fun, liked to tease but also let us tease him back...He was a great storyteller as well. He had a way of drawing out a funny story. Just a lovely man!

Susan Harrington Godley

Posted at 02:39pm
I love the picture posted of Uncle Bob. He was always such fun to be around! He had such a positive spirit, good stories, and was a gentle teaser too. My Dad and Mom always looked forward to visiting him and his lovely wife, Aunt Jean. I knew he served in Korea, but did not know how how decorated he was. How fortunate that he had Julie supervising his care in his declining years. I know that Bobbie and his family were always there to provide support when he still lived in Springfield as well. It is sad to know the last of his generation of the family has now left us--but am glad that he enjoyed such a long life. He will be missed and I send my sincerest condolences to all his loved ones as you mourn his passing and celebrate his life.

Julia Bales Posted at 02:48pm

Thank you for your kind words, Susan. We too are sad that the last of that Harrington generation is gone. What a wonderful family and great memories of the house at 801 Lincoln! Julie

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