LARNED ~ÊDavid Earl Harbert, 55, retired contract manager for the American Red Cross national headquarters, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003. Earl was born in Great Bend on Aug. 21, 1948. He graduated from Larned High School in 1966 and Kansas State University with a degree in education in 1970. During his 30-year career with the Red Cross, he worked for the Midway-Kansas Chapter in Wichita, the MidWestern Area Office in St. Louis, Eastern Operations headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and the national Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C. Earls work through the American Red Cross water safety training programs touched many people. He was recognized for his lifelong contribution to water safety with a Golden Whale Award from the Commodore Longfellow Society on April 13, 2002, its highest honor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard J. and Frances E. Harbert. Survivors include his brother, Terry Harbert and wife, Paula, and nephew, David, Topeka; sister, Cathie Kornacki and husband, Robert, and nieces Tess and Erin, Platte City, Mo.; sister, Janie Seiler and husband, Allan, Wichita; brother, Guy Harbert and wife, Debra, and niece, Deserae and nephew, Cody, Larned; and many close friends. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Larned Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest register at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m Thursday or Friday. Inurnment will be in Larned Cemetery in Larned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Earls name to the Commodore Longfellow Society, 2116 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa, 50312.
Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Oct. 8, 2003