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Harold Lloyd Lanning, son of Harry and Paulina Korf Lanning, was born March 22, 1927 in a farm house northeast of Yuma, Colorado. In the spring of 1943, his parents bought a farm 32 miles southeast of Akron, Colorado. He served in the United States Army from June 1945 to November 1946, primarily as part of occupational forces in post-war Germany. In 1948 he earned a GED diploma and was adopted by the High Prairie High School alumni as a graduate.
After marrying Lela B. Rhamy on September 25, 1949 the couple continued farming in northeastern Colorado until they retired and moved to Fort Morgan, Colorado in 1992.
He was an engaged member of his communities, serving several years as a director of the Anton Co-op and as Swine Superintendent for the Washington County Fair. He also was a board member of Bethel Union Church for 27 years before becoming an active member of the Evangelical Church of Fort Morgan and the Gideon Auxiliary in eastern Colorado.
Having developed welding skills while farming, he turned his talents to creating metal sculptures made from old machinery parts and common objects.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Paulina Lanning, stepmother Maude Lanning, wife Lela, sister, Lavina Wilson, and daughter Beryl Denise Lanning.
A loving father, he leaves to mourn his passing his son, Stephen Lanning and Nancy Flagle of Phoenix, Arizona; daughters, CeLena Lanning Morris of Erie , Colorado and Crystal Lanning Hedberg and husband Bill of Greeley, Colorado; three grandchildren, Jason Lanning of Phoenix, Arizona, William Hedberg and wife Katherin of Oak Harbor, Washington, and Merideth Kimsey and husband, Clay of Poudre Park, Colorado; sisters, Jeanette Rippy of Firestone, Colorado, and Joyce Bauer of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held Monday, June 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., at the Immanuel Evangelical Church in Fort Morgan. Interment followed at 2:00 p.m., in the Yuma Cemetery in Yuma, Colorado.
Memorial gifts may be made to Gideon's International, in care of the mortuary.
The Heer Mortuary in Fort Morgan was in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on June 11, 2014
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