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01/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Jack Harty

Riley Jack Harty
(03 Apr 1948 - 01 Jan 2011)

Bardolph High School (Illinois) Class of 1966

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   I am deeply saddened to bring you still another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Tuesday.       Jack Harty, Bardolph High School (IL) Class of 1966, passed away in Macomb, Illinois on Saturday morning, January 01, 2011 at the age of 62 after a long struggle with cancer. 

   He was the brother of       Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL,     Elieen Harty Lafary (Bardolph HS, IL - '64) of IL,     Phyllis Harty McGuire (Bardolph HS, IL - '65) of IL, Paulette Harty Johnston (Bardolph HS, IL - '67) of AZ,   Mary Harty Holdiness of MO (Bushnell HS, IL - '69),   Gordon Harty (Jackson HS, MO - '71) of MO,   Gary Harty (Jackson HS, MO - '73) of PA, and    Ramona Harty (Jackson HS, MO - '75) of MO.

   Jack's brother-in-law,    Olin McGuire, Winchester High School (IL) Class of 1968 (07 Oct 1950 - 07 Dec 2009), preceded him in death:

From McDonough County (Illinois) Voice - 01/03/11:

Riley Jack Harty

  Prairie City — Riley Jack Harty passed away on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at 8:10 a.m. at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

He was born April 3, 1948, in Stoddard County, Mo., the son of Paul and Celesta Lewis Harty.

He married Shirley Buley on April 4, 1971.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Corman Memorial Home in Avon. Burial will be in the Prairie City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Cormans in Avon.

Memorials may be made to St. Judes.

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Corman Memorial Home Avon is in charge of arrangements.

Riley Jack Harty

    PRAIRIE CITY, ILLINOIS - Jack Harty of Prairie City died in McDonough District Hospital, Macomb, Illinois on Monday, January 01, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

He was born on April 03, 1948 in Essex, Stoddard County, Missouri, the fourth of nine children of Paul Hampton Harty, Sr. and Celesta Izella Lewis Harty, both of whom predeceased him.

Jack graduated from Bardolph High School Class of 1966. He married Shirley Ann Buley on April 04, 1971, and worked for Vaughan Bushnell for 36 years. He cherished his family and always put them first in his life, and he loved nature, especially his horses.

Jack Harty

Jack is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Shirley Buley Harty of Prairie City; his four children, Elizabeth Harty of Barrington; Sheryl Harty of Prairie City; Jacqueline Harty Gass and her husband, James "Sonny" Gass of Murphysboro; and Andrew Harty of Carbondale; and two grandchildren, Amber Gass and Ethan Gass of Murphysboro.

He is also survived by three brothers, Paul Harty of Edwardsville; Gordon Harty of St. Peters, Missouri; Gary Harty of Easton, Pennsylvania; five sisters, Elieen Harty Lafary of Bushnell; Phyllis Harty McGuire of Winchester; Paulette Harty Johnston of Prescott Valley, Arizona; Mary Harty Holdiness of Jackson, Missouri; and Ramona Harty of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Corman Memorial Home in Avon, Illinois. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Trish Chapman at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Corman Memorial Home in Avon, Illinois, with interment to follow in Prairie City Cemetery.

Corman Memorial Home in Avon, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.
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January 03, 2011, 11:22 AM

Andy and family, Andy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May God's blessing and comfort be with you and your family at this most difficult time. Gary Saunders

~ Gary Saunders, Macomb, Illinois

January 03, 2011, 8:02 PM

Shirley and kids, Sorry to hear about your loss Jack was a very nice guy and will surely be missed... If you need anything let us know... You are all in our thoughts and prayers... Myrtle & Donna

~ Myrtle & Donna McCleery, Bushnell, Illinois

January 04, 2011, 3:13 PM

My deepest condolences on the passing of a very wonderful man. We were neighbors in Prairie City for a very long time. My mother, father, sister and brother would also like to send their condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

~ Barbara Jo Lomax (Benge)

January 04, 2011, 5:38 PM

To all of the Harty Family - I was saddened to learn of Jack's passing. I am from the Bardolph area and was a friend of all of the Harty's. Jack's parents were very dear to me. In fact, I still have a treasured Christmas card from 1968 that they sent to me with a note. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

~ Wilma (Thorman) Wilson, Sciota, Illinois

January 07, 2011, 11:48 PM

Liz, Sheryl, Jackie, and Andy, My deepest condolences in your time of grief. My prayers are with you and your families. May your memories of times with your dad remain strong and bright. Jason

~ Jason Beech

January 10, 2011, 2:14 PM

Paul, please know that I am praying for you and your family and am so sorry for your loss. I lost my brother to cancer when he was 33 years old and I know the pain and hurt of losing a sibling. May God bless you and your family and give his peace and comfort at this very difficult time.

~ Bridget Jones, Little Rock, AR

January 21, 2011


About 1951 Saturday, April 21, 1972 Friday, November 25, 1983 Saturday, April 06, 1991 Saturday, April 10, 2010 Sunday, June 20, 2010
Cape Girardeau, MO  Gordonville, MO  Cape Girardeau, MO Taylor Springs, IL  Cape Girardeau, MO  Winchester, IL
Jack, Phyllis, Elieen,
and Paul Harty
FRONT ROW: Elieen Harty, Phyllis Harty McGuire, Paulette Harty Johnston, Paul Harty, Sr., and Ramona Harty; BACK ROW: Gary Harty, Mary Harty Holdiness, Jack Harty, Paul Harty, Jr., and Gordon Harty FRONT ROW: Jack Harty, Phyllis Harty McGuire, Paul Harty, Sr., Paulette Harty Johnston and Paul Harty, Jr.; Ramona Harty; BACK ROW: Elieen Harty Lafary, Gordon Harty, Mary Harty Holdiness, Gary Harty, and Ramona Harty Shirley and Jack Harty FRONT ROW: Elieen Harty Lafary, Ramona Lewis Brinkopf, and Phyllis Harty McGuire; BACK ROW: Jack Harty, Mary Harty Holdiness, Paulette Harty Johnston, and Paul Harty Gary Harty of PA, Ramona Harty of MO, Paul Harty of IL, Phyllis Harty McGuire of IL, Mary Harty Holdiness of MO, Jack Harty of IL, and Elieen Harty Lafary  of IL

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Shirley and all of Jack's family and their friends.

From Paulette Harty Johnston (Bardolph HS, IL - '67) of AZ - 01/02/11, 2:29 PM - "Letter for Family & Friends":

To family and friends:

I looked up to (and still do) my older brothers and sisters. I considered them as role models. I am blessed to have been the middle child. I followed Jack in the lineup. We had wonderful parents who loved each other and loved all nine of us kids. Most of us went to school at Bardolph and the Harty’s followed one another for many years until we all graduated from high school. Jack was into basketball and was very good at it. I sat through many a game of his.

Jack loved his cars and was very happy with his brand new metallic blue Dodge Charger. What a car! He drove us to school in my sophomore/junior year. There was one time I got in a race to Bushnell from Bardolph with Jack. Jack won, of course.

Jack had many things in common with our dad. They both loved to pass a string of cars at one time on two-lane roads. I was never much into that sort of activity. You’d find me talking with God to get through it, sitting in the back seat holding on for dear life!

I grew up in a wonderful family and my brother Jack, like our dad, has a wonderful family too! My heart goes out to you all. Jack and Shirley are a beautiful match today and always; I cannot think of one without the other. They are blessed with a family life some can only dream of. Jack loves his kids. We were blessed with good role models in our parents and Jack and Shirley’s kids received the same.

We spent many good times together with family at family gatherings at Jack and Shirley’s home. The times we had were so good it was always hard to leave them behind, though we knew we would do it again some time. We can still have that joy of knowing we’ll all be together again, just in a little while.

I thank God for Jack’s life, for being in mine as my brother, being one brother-in-law to my husband, and a great uncle to my kids.

   Thank you, Paulette. We were all sorry that you were (understandably) not able to travel back to Illinois, but Rev. Chapman read your letter during the services, and everyone received a great deal of comfort from your words.

    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 01/03/11, 12:32 PM - "Deepest Sympathy":

Carol, it seems every time I feel the need to call and talk to you, there is something happening in both our lives. My Deepest Sympathy to Paul, you, and his entire family. His brother is no longer enduring any pain or suffering any more. I know he will be missed but remind Paul of all the precious memories he has of 63 years with his brother. I'm glad you are closer in distance and could spend quality time with him while he was in remission. My Love to both of you during this difficult time...

Take care of your self, my love to you, Paul and the family.
Linda LL

   Thank you so much, Linda-Linda.

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 01/04/11, 5:52 PM - "With Time..":

Please rest assured  that all will be remembered in prayer, as per your request.. Please give to Paul my sincerest condolences at this time of his painful loss. The pain of such a loss will fade with time, the good memories will not.

   Thanks so much, Wayne Honey.

     From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 01/04/11, 8:29 PM - "       Paul (Harty - Bardolph HS, IL - '61 - of IL)":

Please pass on to Paul my sincere condolences.  I know what he is feeling - and it lasts a long time.

   Thank you, Jimmy-Jimmy.  I vividly remember when your brother Bubby (Parker - '55) died, and the utter shock I felt.

      From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 01/06/11, 10:12 PM:


... My condolences to Paul and all your family.  Even when expected, death is always sorrowful. 

Gloria Price

   Thanks so much, Gloria. It is sad, because Jack was such a great guy, and we'll all miss him so much. Since moving back to Illinois two years ago, we were able to see him every few months, but even when we were not able to visit as much as we'd like, he was always only a phone call away.  Jack and Paul would talk regularly on the phone, usually for about an hour.  They would discuss cars and people and politics and solve all the world's problems, and laugh and cry, and his absence here will leave a tremendous void.

   He was a big man with a great bear hug, and he always made me laugh.  Sooner or later (to my great delight), he'd always refer to some unsavory being as an "eggsucker".  I sometimes wondered if he worked that into the conversation just because I got such a big kick out of it, but he never let me down.  Actually, he never let anybody down.

  From J. Harrison ('58) of GA - 01/07/11, 4:41 AM - "Condolences":

My sincere condolences to Paul on the loss of his brother.  God bless you both.
J. Harrison

   Thank you so much, J.  That means a great deal to us, knowing how tender your heart must still be, following the recent death of your wife, Wendy.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Whispering Hope

Words and Music by Alice Hawthorne (11 May 1827 - 22 Nov 1902), 1868

"Alice Hawthorne" was really Setimus Winner, one of the most versatile writers of the mid-19th century.
Winner went from the bird calls of "Listen to the Mocking Bird" to the doggerel nonsense
of "Oh, Where, Oh, Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" to the gentle and optimistic "Whispering Hope."

Soft as the voice of an angel
Breathing a lesson unheard;
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word.

Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done;
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.

Whispering Hope,
Oh, how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart
in its sorrow rejoice.

"Whispering Hope" midi (Sequenced by Grandpa Schober) and lyrics
courtesy of - 06/20/07

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Winchester High School's Wildcats Logo courtesy of - 12/11/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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