Gary Richard Haarala

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Gary Richard Haarala

September 26, 1935 - February 28, 2019

Gary Richard Haarala Memorial services for Gary Richard Haarala will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at noon at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Lanier officiating.
Mr. Gary Richard Haarala, 83, of Meridian passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Haarala was a graduate of the School of Forestry at Louisiana State University. He served in the United States Army and retired from St. Regis Paper Company. In earlier life, he attended St. Patrick's Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed watching football, playing softball and tennis, as well as hunting and fishing. He was "loved" by all who knew him.
Mr. Haarala is survived by his children, Marie Haarala, Karen Fears (Rusty), DeeDee Richardson (Doug), Shari Haarala, Laura Bosarge (Brian), Bo Haarala (J.J.), Ryan Haarala (Casey); his grandchildren, Cassie Brentnall, Rus Fears, Kelli Turbyfill, Hallie Harris, Dave Woods, Haze Bosarge, Ridge Haarala, Lauren Noe, Hamp, Holt, and Hudson Haarala, Kalen Mayatt, and Tyler Richardson; eight great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Jan Lockhart, Lydia Wilson, and Steven Haarala.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Haarala, and a twin brother, John A. Haarala.
If desired, the family requests memorials are shared with Blair Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi or ASPCA.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m-noon prior to services.
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Published on March 2, 2019
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