RICHARD LOREN HARRINGTON
RICHARD LOREN HARRINGTON
Richard Loren Harrington passed from this life Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at his country home near Chandler, Okla., at the age of 69.
Born in Salina, Kan., May 15, 1944, to Loren and Estalene (Cozine) Harrington, Rich graduated from Concordia High School in 1962. He was involved in the family farming operation, and married the first love of his life, Connie Sue Hayden, Jamestown, Kan., on Sept. 11, 1964
Rich enrolled in Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., majoring in veterinary medicine. He completed an internship at Rugby, N.D., and graduated from KSU with his doctorate in veterinary medicine in the spring of 1971. Rich and Connie moved to Greeley, Colo., and then to Brush, Colo., where he was part owner in a veterinary clinic.
Rich and Connie began their family with the birth of daughter Angela Sue Harrington, Jan. 29, 1974. They moved to Guymon, Okla., in 1976, where Rich was employed by Hitch Feedlot and the family was blessed with the birth of son Derek Richard Harrington on Oct. 19, 1977. Richard and Connie built the Rico building on the outskirts of Guymon and formed Harrington Veterinarian Services, Rich acting as veterinary consultant to multiple feedlots in the Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Colorado areas. They enjoyed traveling and rearing their children until Connie passed away March 4, 1989, following an extended battle with cancer.
Rich met the second love of his life, Cheri Schoonover Tharp, marrying in Lucerne, Switzerland Sept. 4, 1998, also acquiring his two daughters, Brenna and Brandi. Rich, Cheri and their four children made many beautiful memories that included trips to Mexico, Canada and Hawaii.
Richard began his own battle with cancer in 2003 when he was diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma, leading to the amputation of his lower left leg. Never one to complain, Richard retired from his veterinary practice but continued to lead a full active life until his cancer returned in 2013.
Richard is survived by his wife, Cheri of the home and his four children and five grandchildren, Angela Sue Harrington, Frederick, Okla.; Derek Richard Harrington, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Brenna Dawn Payne, husband Kevin, and children Tristyn and Trevor of Amarillo, Texas; Brandi Danielle Sutter, husband Austin, and children, Britton, Brekon and Barron of Amarillo, Texas; sister Cheryl Harrington of Chapin, S.C., and children Amy Nitza, Heidi Crites and Will Gibson; brother David Harrington and wife Mary Anne of Guymon and children Kenny and Cory Sills, Molly Scott and Neal Harrington; brother Roc Harrington and wife Hadas of Concordia, Kan. and children Rae Marie Harrington-Neigebauer and husband Scott, Connie and Joe Harrington; cousins Charlene Harrington and husband Ben of Berkley, Calif.; Rita Harrington and husband Fred of Lake Chalupa, Mexico; Mark Cozine and wife Judy of Wichita, Kan.; brothers-in-law, Norris Andersen and daughters Shea McMillan and Gwen Hill; Norman Hayden and wife Connie and son Heath, all of Concordia, Kan.; and dear friend Lori Ferguson of Texhoma, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents Loren and Estalene Harrington and his wife Connie Harrington.
Richard was a man of very high intellect, quiet wisdom, quick wit and a sweet generosity. He helped many persons and causes, always doing so quietly and anonymously. Children and animals alike were drawn to his strong but gentle spirit. He was a voracious reader and was creative, playing the guitar, writing poetry and drawing. He very much enjoyed spending time with nature at his farm at Hardesty, Okla., and he doted on his son, three daughters and five grandchildren.
Although his life accomplishments were many, his proudest was "the family we made." Known by many names including "Richard," "Doc," "Dad," "Pop," "Pappy," and "the Ol Man," through quiet example he taught innumerable lessons of patience, humility, love and grace to all he met. Those blessed to have had Rich in their lives would agree with his sister Cheryl who reflected "he was our compass, our North Star."
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home, 122 N.E. 7th Street in Guymon. Memorials may be made to the Red Rock Behavioral Health Services Children's Program, Chandler, Okla.
Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, OK 73942. Friends can sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.bunchroberts.com. Because red was Rich's favorite color, you are asked to wear the color red or other bright colors. Our hope is to both celebrate and honor this great man by carrying on his strength, courage and legacy of love.
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