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“I just came across this news, and even though it's been over two years I know that the loss of someone close never fades easily into the past. I...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Terri Hess - Lee's Summit, MO

“Dear Family of Harold, I am a past customer of Mick's furniture store. Harold was so sweet and helpful to me when I bought 9 pieces of furniture...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Birkinbine - ottumwa, IA

“It is truly an honor to have worked with Harold as a board member. His knowledge of education and history in the field was an invaluable asset to our...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Vicki Stephenson - Fort Madison, IA

“My prayers go out to your family during this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 22 | Posted by: Sarah

“Dear Gloria, Doyle and Dave, I was out of town when Harold passed away and a friend shared this website with me to express my sympathies to you. My...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Ken Veenstra - Pella, IA

“I am so very sorry that I was unable to be at the services for Harold. He was such a sweet man and I know your hearts are heavy! He left behind...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Deb Moore - Albia, IA - friend

“Back in the late 50's/early 60's, Harold and Gloria Mick came into my life, via Mick's Drive In & Root Beer Stand, which my ex-husband purchased from...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Karen Smead Dicks - Ottumwa, IA

“Many years ago, when I was a single parent, in the middle of a divorce with no money, Harold helped me get furniture to get started. He took a...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Kate (Wall) Clark - Long Beach, CA

“What a great man to have known,will always remember our talks in my office. God Speed Harold. ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: Mike and Diane Sulentich - albia, IA

“We say heartfelt goodbyes...God be with you, Harold. We will cherish all the many good memories of our lifetime of friendship. You will be missed....Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Jim & Carolyn Plum - Friends

“BOUGHT MY FRIST STEREO FROM HIM AT THE FURNITURE STORE ALWAY ENJOY HIS ROOT BEER STAND, WAS A GREAT FUN PLACE. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: ED MCGINN - QUINCY, IL - FRIEND

“For Aunt Gloria all my Mick family. It has been a joy and honor to have Uncle Harold as my Uncle, he was a part of my life that can never be...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Carolyn - Bussey, IA - neice

“From the first time I met Harold in the early 80's, I knew he was a special man. I didn't see him often, but I cherish the Sunday afternoon visits,...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Craig Dorman - West Des Moines, IA

“Gene and I have been friends with Harold and Gloria a long time. Harold and Lois would chat about our back surgeries and pain when we would meet or...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Lois Behrens - Albia, IA - friend

“Quiet and unassuming, Harold will be greatly missed. Because he and Gloria chose to make Albia their home, this community will be forever enriched. ...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Sarah - Albia - Friend

“We will miss you greatly Dad ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Doyle and Tina Mick - Albia, IA

“Faimly of Harold Mick We are out of town but wanted each of you to know how special you are and our love and prayers are with you. God Bless each...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Chuck and Margaret Mordan - Albia

“So sorry to hear of Harolds passing. He was such a wonderful man who will long be remembered by those in Albia and the surrounding area. He and...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Don and Mary Carr - Urbandale, IA

“As one of my co-workers said, "Harold was just simply a good man". One of the benefits of my job has been getting to know Harold, especially during...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Tom Mosbach - Chariton, IA

“To Doyle and family - we are so sorry on the loss of your father. May God bless and be with you during this difficult time. ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Lou (Rowley) and Jim Swinney - TX

“So sorry to read about Harold passing. He was a kind and loving father,grandfather, and great grandfather. He has done so much for the Albia...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Marilyn and Steve Larson - Albia, IA

“Harold was a good man. He will be missed by everyone. He always had a smile and a firm handshake when you seen him around. Sorry for your loss and...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Tammy Courtney - Oskaloosa, IA


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Harold Lee Mick left our world, but not our hearts on February 21, 2012. He was 81 years old. The great love Harold had for others, and they for him was evident in the many visitors and notes sent from family and friends to support Harold and each other in his final months.

Harold was born September 25, 1930 to the late Fred Lyman and Sylvia Olson Mick. Harold married Gloria Barnhill Mick September 23, 1950 in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; sons Doyle (Tina) and Dave (Lois); and brother B.E. (Pat-deceased). He was a proud grandfather to Jenni (Eric) Bishop, Sara (Jimmie) Summers, Adam (Jill) Mick, Lindsey Mick, Neal (Molly), Mick, Curt Mick, Nate (Kerri) Fosenburg and Kara (Matt) Case. Harold was a great-grandfather to Rebecca Summers, Jesse Bishop, Austin Summers, Jacob Bishop, Elijah Bishop, Henry Fosenburg, Caden Case, Mia Case, Katie Fosenburg, Fletcher Mick and Brynlee Mick.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wayne (Esther) and Raymond (Mary) and two brothers who died in infancy; and daughter Adriana Loaiza, foreign exchange student.

Harold graduated from Bussey High School in 1948; He attended the University of Iowa for 2 years before entering the United States Marine Corps on December 10, 1951. Harold was proud to be a United States Marine. He served during the Korean War at Cherry Point, North Carolina. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Harold and Gloria returned home to Albia in 1955, where they built and operated Mick's Drive In restaurant. In 1960, Mick's Furniture and Appliance was established in Albia. During the 51 years at Mick's Furniture and Appliance he was a Whirlpool dealer. Harold spent his career building relationships with the community and customers.

Harold's passions and interests were helping others and giving back. Harold valued the friendships he made and was thankful he could help others. Harold was proud and supportive of his family.

The community and education were important to Harold and Gloria. They both are supporters of the Albia Community Schools. Both helped encourage Albia graduates to pursue their education with the Harold and Gloria Mick Scholarship. This tradition will continue.

Harold served as Board President with Area Education Agency since its origin in 1974. For 37 years, Harold was honored to be the only active President. Harold considered the AEA his second family. He was committed to improving education. He believed strongly in the quality and equity of education for all learners.

Along with his wife Gloria, Harold received much recognition for service in the community.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012 in the Albia Community High School Gymnasium at 503 B Avenue East in Albia; with Rev. Neil Montz and John Van Weelden co-officiating. Burial with military rites provided by Howard Cessna Post #136 of Albia will be in Oak View Cemetery in Albia.

Visitation will be held from 11 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2012 in the Family Life Center at 1115 A Avenue East in Albia, with family present from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial to support Monroe County Youth Activities and Organizations, which may be sent to Tharp-Winfield Funeral Home; 116 Benton Avenue West; Albia, Iowa 52531.