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Harold Latimer, age 79, of Shelbina, MO and formerly of Newark, MO died Friday, August 20, 2010, at the Salt River Community Care in Shelbina, MO.

He was born November 20, 1930, in Shelby County, MO, the son of Richard and Maude Wilt Latimer. On June 23, 1947, he married Dorothy Marie Wood in Macon, MO.

Harold is survived by three children, Robert Latimer and wife Debby of Newark, MO, Meredith Parsons and husband Robert of Salem, MO and Ronald Latimer and wife Cathy of Hull, IL; seven grandchildren, Robert Latimer, Jr and wife Andrea, John Latimer and wife Kathleen, Elizabeth Clay, Tom Parsons and wife Erin, Tim Parsons and wife Monica, Lynnette Flesner and husband Keith and Lindsey Boruff and husband Brad; eight great-grandchildren, Anthony and Rachel Latimer, Christopher, Matthew and MiKayla Latimer, Cameron Clay, Kody Parsons and Canon Parsons; step-great-grandchildred, Tyler Ragsdale and Tre’ Clay; two brothers-in-law, Bill Wood of Columbia, MO and Dale Wood and wife Rosemary of Brashear; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one brother-in-law, Roy Wood; one brother-in-law, Basil Wood; and one sister-in-law, Mary Wood.

Harold worked for Spicknall Seed Co., Electric Wheel, Gardner Denver, Pepsi-Cola, Merchants Wholesale and Durst Dairy. He owned and operated Latimer’s Store in Newark, having purchased the Holbert Grocery and Café in 1967. Latimer’s Store was a popular supplier of feed, seed, groceries and dry goods. He also farmed during the years. Throughout their marriage they owned many cats and dogs, a special on was Pooch. Harold and Dorothy were also able to travel to 46 states through the years including AK and HI, Eastern Canada and much of the Northeastern U.S.

After selling their business in 1984, he and Dot began delivering puppies for her brother Dale and his partner. Harold served on the Newark Town Board and Newark Fire Department Board for several years. He and his wife were faithful workers at the Fire Department Fundraisers.

Harold’s life was changed in 1979 when he accepted Jesus, as his savior. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

Harold enjoyed gardening and yard work. In 2008, when Harold’s health deteriorated, they gave up their home of 54 years and moved to Shelbina Senior Housing. They were happy and met many new friends.

Funeral services were Monday, August 23, 2010, at Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, MO. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery near Bethel, MO. Pastor Charles Sharpe and Pastor Rob Patchin officiated.

Memorials may be made to the Newark Fire Department, Shiloh Cemetery or Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to