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Jerry Lee Harley March 7, 1938 - September 19, 2018


Jerry Lee Harley, 80 of Ozark, Missouri and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, passed away  Wednesday, September 19, 2018 while hospitalized. He was born March 7, 1938, in Springfield, Missouri, he was the oldest of two children. Parents Dr. Cecil and Clytie Harley created a happy home for he and his brother Joe in Ava, Missouri. He graduated from Ava High School in 1956.

Jerry served in the United States Navy and attended college. In 1978, he obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Missouri. In 1992, he met his loving wife Linda and together they owned and operated Ozark Title Company in Ozark. Timing the market perfectly, the couple sold the business and moved to Arizona to enjoy retirement.

Jerry is survived by his wife Linda and his five stepchildren: Duane (Susan) Telgemeier, Debbie (Todd) Dodge, Dean (Nadine) Telgemeier, Sandy (Darren) Buddemeyer and Jeff (Jennifer) Mullins. His brother, Joe and his wife June continue to reside in Ava.  Jerry is survived by ten grandchildren, all whom he adored.

Jerry was a social person.  He was a regular at “Just for Him” (the “office”) and a great lunch date with his lifetime friend, Mike.  He rarely missed a class reunion as he enjoyed connecting with his hometown friends.

A celebration of life service will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark with Pastor Doug Shivers officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at 1:00 P.M. in the Ava City Cemetery, Ava, Missouri. Visitation will be 10 AM Wednesday until service time in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lake Havasu Mineral and Lapidary Group Inc., a non-profit that promotes Earth Sciences for youth.  2186 McCulloch Blvd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. Online condolences may be shared at wwwbarnesfamilyfunerals.com.


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    Catherine Mallernee says

    We will surely miss him at our annual high school reunions.

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    Ed & Pam Hesterlee says

    Pam and I want to extend our deepest sympathies on Jerry’s passing. Lots of good memories and times shared will soon replace the deep loss that is being currently felt by so many. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.