David Earl Harbert

(August 21, 1948 – October 5, 2003)
Great Bend Tribune – Great Bend, KS
David Earl Harbert 1948-2003 ALEXANDRIA, Va., — David Earl Harbert, 55, retired contract manager for the American Red Cross National Headquarters, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003. Earl was born in Great Bend, Kan., on Aug. 21, 1948. He graduated from Larned High School in 1966 and Kansas State University with a degree in education in 1970. During his 30-year career with the Red Cross, he worked for the Midway-Kansas Chapter in Wichita, MidWestern Area Office in St. Louis, Eastern Operation Headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and the National Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Earl’s work through American Red Cross Water Safety Training Program touched many people. He was recognized for his life-long contribution to water safety with a Golden Whale Award from the Commodore Longfellow Society April 13, 2002, their highest honor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard J. and Frances E. Harbert. He is survived by his brother Terry Harbert and wife Paula, nephew David of Topeka, Kan., sister Cathie Kornacki and husband Robert, nieces Tess and Erin of Platte City, Mo., sister Janie Seiler and husband Allan of Wichita, Kan., brother Guy Harbert and wife Debra, niece Deserae and nephew Cody of Larned, Kan., and many close friends. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Larned Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest register at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Inurnment will be in the Larned Cemetery, Larned. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made in Earl’s name to the Commodore Longfellow Society, 2116 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312. Great Bend (Kan) Tribune Oct. 8, 2003 paid obituary


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