Harold V. Needham, 85, of Osage Beach, Missouri, formerly of Leavenworth, passed away November 16, 2013 at a Jefferson City, Missouri hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Father David McEvoy, O.Carm officiating.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 2 until 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 until 8 p.m. and a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Belden Larkin Funeral Home.
Burial with military graveside honors will be at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, in Lansing, Kansas.
A memorial service for Harold will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 22 at the Senior Activity Center in Osage Beach, Missouri with Rev. Adam Hamilton from the Church of The Resurrection presiding.
Harold was born April 23, 1928 to Fred L. and Theckla E. (Farrell) Needham at Oak Hill Farm in Tonganoxie, Kansas at 6 p.m. while the rest of the family enjoyed ham and bean soup with corn bread. It continued to be one of Harold’s favorite meals.
Harold went to school at Tonganoxie grade and high schools, and the Lawrence Business College.
He joined the Army upon graduation from high school, went through short basic training, and was shipped to Choson (a name later changed to Korea). He was with the 520th Engineer Repair Company as a Motor Sergeant and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant.
On 22 May 1954 he married Eleanor Jean Simmons in the Old Cathedral in Leavenworth, Kansas. She preceded him in death due to cancer on January 2, 2000. To this union came two boys; Harold Vincent “Vince” Needham on October 15, 1959, and James Farrell Needham on October 17, 1961.
Harold met Marilyn Eginoire at the Lake of the Ozarks, and they were married on May 26, 2001. He subsequently moved to Osage Beach, Missouri.
His career and his passion involved automobiles and engines. He and his brother Fred owned and operated the Needham Motor Company in Tonganoxie, Kansas. After it closed Harold went to work with K. C. Tractor and Implement. It was sold to Midway Ford, and Harold was part of the deal. Later it was sold again to Kansas City Power Products; Harold again went along, after a long and successful career with industrial engines Harold retired on April 30, 1993.
His other passion was the Boy Scouts. He could not remember how many years he worked with Bill Seymour in Tonganoxie as an Assistant Scout Master. After moving to Leavenworth, Kansas, when Vince became old enough, Harold got him into the Cub Scouts, and two years later Jim came in with them. He stayed with the Scouts until Vince received his Eagle Award and then decided he could not sleep on the ground anymore.
In May 1993 he went to work at his good friend’s Dan Belden’s funeral home. He stayed with that until May of 2001, when he retired.
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He was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Tonganoxie. He held many offices as a member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree 900 of Leavenworth, Kansas. He did the same in the Joseph D. Hurley 4th Degree Assembly 293 of Leavenworth, Kansas.
For the people he knew, he had nothing but love and admiration.
He is survived by his second wife Marilyn, two sons; Vince Needham, and Jim Needham and his wife Debby, step-son; Steven Eginoire and his wife Kathy, three step-daughters; Merry Klonower and her husband Mark, Linda Haun and her husband Steve, Lori Kirk and her husband Jeff, ten step-grandchildren, 7 great-step-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and one sister in law; Mary Ann Needham.
He was preceded in death by two brothers; Fred F. and Robert E. Needham, and by a dear friend, Cissy Lewis.
Pallbearers will be Jim Brazeal, John McAdams, Dan Needham, Francis "Doc" Stock, Steve Eginoire, and Jeff Kirk. Honorary pallbearers will be Dave Thompson, Don Giese, and Harry Allison.
Memorials in his name may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden-Larkin Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To express condolences or to share memories go to www.beldenlarkin.com.