Harry Lewis Headley, 87, passed away at 3:30 a.m., Sunday, January 2, 2022, at his home in Chetopa, Kansas.
Harry L. Headley was born January 22, 1934, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Leota Faler Headley and Luther B. Headley. As a small child, his father moved the family to the Melrose, Kansas area, where Harry grew up. He attended country schools and graduated from Columbus High School in 1953. He worked various jobs before being drafted into the army in 1956. Harry served 17 months in Korea as a fireman. Upon returning home, he went to work for Cessna in Wichita.
On December 29, 1956, he married Marilyn Sue Harmon in Chetopa. They resided in Wichita when their son, Gary L. Headley, was born. They returned to Chetopa in 1961, where Harry went to work at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant as a fireman. In 1972, he went to work for Yellow Freight, until he retired in 1998. After retirement, he and his wife took several trips across the country. He raised bird dogs and quail and spent time working on rental properties. In earlier years, Harry was very involved in Little Leage baseball and was the coach for his son, Gary’s, Cardinal team.
He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity for over 60 years, of which he was very proud. He was a member of the Chetopa Christian Church for over 50 years. In recent years, he belonged to the Bartlett Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marilyn Sue Headley; a sister and brother-in-law; two nephews and a niece.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Gary L. Headley; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Harmon and Elwin Harmon; and a lifelong friend, Audie Shearer.
The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 7, 2022, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will follow at Lake Creek Cemetery in Bartlett.
Memorials are suggested to the Missouri Southern State University to benefit the Gary Headley Scholarship or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. These may be left at or mailed to the Bath-Forbes Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS 67336.