Harry Eugene Orahood passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO after a short illness.
Harry was born May 1, 1934 near Boston in Barton County, MO to Hal Andrew and Thelma (Lawless) Orahood. He attended rural schools and graduated from Lamar High School in 1953. He married Karen Lee Rosenthal April 9, 1955 at the home of Karen’s Uncle, Glenn Pope.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Karen; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Pauletta Orahood, Lamar; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jim Wakeem, Springfield, MO; two granddaughters and their spouses, Jennifer and Josh Phipps, Lindsay and Derek Forst, all of Lamar; MO and one great-granddaughter, Avery Rose Forst. Also surviving are three sister-in-laws, Donna Kilpatrick, Golden City, MO Betty Rosenthal, Carthage, MO, and Maxine Morin, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Don Orahood, Ralph Orahood and his wife Mary; and infant sister, Dorothy Jean Orahood; a brother-in-law, Gary Rosenthal and a nephew, Matthew Orahood.
Harry worked for Lawn-Boy in Lamar until 1963. He was employed as a tool and die maker (machinist) at Roderick’s’ Tool and Arms in Monett, MO, Fair Child Camera in Joplin, MO, Flexolators in Carthage, MO, Leggett & Platt in Carthage, MO, and Parsons (KS) Ammunition Plant. It 1971 he became self-employed in his backhoe and trencher business.
Harry and partner, Gene Onstott, formed the Onstott-Orahood Sub-Division in Dade County, MO near Arcola where lake cabins were built. The roads in the development were named after them and their families and remain that way today.
Harry collected old gas pumps and other gas memorabilia. He enjoyed buying and selling antiques with his wife Karen.
Graveside service will be 10:00 am Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Oakton Cemetery.
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