Leo “Roger” Harrington

 

Leo Roger Harrington
October 31, 1924 – December 17, 2020

Leo “Roger” passed away from Covid-19 at age 96. Born to Faye and Earl Harrington in Vail, Iowa, he graduated from St. Anne’s High School and immediately joined the US Army. He served in Europe during WWII, where he earned the Bronze Star Medal for the Battle of the Bulge, helped liberate a concentration camp, and awaited service in the Pacific Theatre in California, when victory was declared. He returned to the family farm and then moved to Omaha, where he married Ruth Ann Gerken of Arcadia, Iowa in 1949. They lived in Omaha ever since, except for winters in Mesa, Arizona and various domestic and international trips. He studied at an accounting school in Omaha and then worked for Producers Livestock until he retired in 1989. After retirement, he and Ruth attended many of the annual reunions of the 104th Infantry Division. He was an avid golfer, devout Catholic and dedicated family man. A true gentleman, always kind and quick to smile, he never had a bad word for anyone. He was a member of the St. Joan of Arc and St. Gerald churches, Sunset Valley Country Club and Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his wife (Ruth), his children Tom (Susan), Carol (John) Smolsky, Jan, Jim (Marcia), and Katie (Dave) Logue, as well as 13 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Of his six siblings, only his sister, Joan Adams of Vail, survives.

Due to the pandemic, no memorial service is planned at this time.

The family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Eastern Nebraska Veteran’s Home.

 

5 Comments

  • Charles Baker Posted December 18, 2020 4:01 pm

    Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Sounds like he had a very productive life. I hope he did not suffer long prior to the Good Lord taking him into his loving arms. Prayers of healing are sent to you and your family, I know the pain and sorrow you are feeling this Christmas Season. Prayers.

  • Richard Hagedorn Posted December 19, 2020 10:50 am

    Roger was. True American Hero. When I got back from the Gulf War 30 years ago Roger shook my hand and said this. “I’m Proud of you, Great Jo and Thank you for your Service. This meant more to me than he could ever imagine. Thank you. Rich Hagedorn

  • Connie Hinman Posted December 19, 2020 11:30 am

    Carol,
    I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a fighter and survivor with his priorities in order. There is a place in heaven for him. 96 years of life and all that he did with it is quite an accomplishment. You got good genes.
    Love, Connie

  • Ed and Dinah Manning Posted December 20, 2020 10:14 am

    To Ruth, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Have thought about you at times hoping you were doing well. We have fond memories of you and Leo along with the many friends at Sunset Valley. God Bless You in your time of sorrow. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

  • William Fitzgerald Posted December 27, 2020 1:15 pm

    I fondly remember Leo who was a friend of my dad. Condolences to Ruth and family. I will offer a mass here in Scottsdale.

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