Harold “Harry” Frederick Lahr, 84, of Earlville, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 14, 1935, in Monticello, the son of Raymond and Doloras (Westhoff) Lahr. Harry attended school in Buck Creek for two years and then was a 1953 graduate of Worthington High School. He completed Reisch Auction School in Mason City in 1959. Harry also taught there for a short period of time.
On June 17, 1968, Harry was united in marriage to Ann Lois Koelker in Buffalo Center. Three children were born to this union. The family resided in Earlville. Harry owned and operated Lahr Truck Line for over 20 years. He was an auctioneer and owned Harry Lahr Auctions for over 50 years. He also did auctioneer work at the Edgewood Sale Barn with his good friend, Dick Funk. For over 20 years, Harry drove semi for Peterson Contractors, Inc., in Reinbeck.
Harry was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville. He enjoyed auctions, flea markets, antique shows, and trapping. Harry will be remembered as a very, very hard-working very, very honest man. He was generous and selfless beyond measure. Harry loved his family dearly and especially enjoyed spending time with his beloved grandchildren and walking Zeke.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Lahr of Earlville; three children, Shannon (Julie) Lahr of Earlville, Ann (Paul) Scallon of Cedar Rapids, and Matt (Lisa) Lahr of Earlville; four grandchildren, Hannah Lahr, Gavin Scallon, Mahala Lahr, and Caleb Lahr; two siblings, Patricia (Bob) Wolfe of Dubuque and Wayne Lahr of Worthington; sisters-and brothers-in-law, Rosemary Lahr of Edgewood, Betty Lois Koelker of Manchester, Marilyn Michael of Cedar Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Doloras Lahr; his parents-in-law, Louis and Louise Koelker; his two brothers Robert Lahr and Herman (Bev) Lahr; and his sisters-and-brothers-in-law, Llewellyn (Bernice) Koelker, Verna (LaVerne) Hawker, Louis “Bud” Koelker, and Carol (Bob) Ortberg.
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