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Arthur Harke

1933 - 2021

Westlock Alberta


On Tuesday April 20, 2021 Art passed away peacefully in Westlock Continuing Care at the age of 88 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Frieda of 60 years, daughters Linda (Kenneth) Arndt, Mary (Ron) Romanchuk, grandchildren Jennifer (Kaylon) Mathias, Christopher Arndt and his fiancé Stephanie Galliford.

Art was predeceased by his brothers Ewald and Arnold Harke, and sister Emma Schabert.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers donations may be gratefully accepted to the AHS Westlock Continuing Care Centre.



Close the Gate (For Dad)
By Nancy Kraayenhof

For this one farmer the worries are over, lie down and rest your head,

Your time has been and struggles enough, put the tractor in the shed.

Years were not easy, many downright hard, but your faith in God transcended,

Put away your tools and sleep in peace. The fences have all been mended.

You raised a fine family, worked the land well and always followed the Son,

Hang up your shovel inside of the barn; your work here on earth is done.

A faith few possess led your journey through life, often a jagged and stony way,

The sun is setting, the cattle are all bedded, and here now is the end of your day.

Your love of God’s soil has passed on to your kin; the stories flow like fine wine,

Wash off your work boots in the puddle left by blessed rain one final time.

You always believed that the good Lord would provide and He always had somehow,

Take off your gloves and put them down, no more sweat and worry for you now.

Your labor is done, your home now is heaven; no more must you wait,

Your legacy lives on, your love of the land, and we will close the gate.




AHS Westlock Continuing Care Centre
10203 - 96 Street, Westlock AB T7P 2R3

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Karen (Teske) Verhaeghe

May 5, 2021 2:33 PM

deepest sympathies to the Harke family 

Marilyn Metcalfe

April 29, 2021 8:32 AM

We're so sorry to hear of the passing of Art, our dear neighbor and friend.  We all have such fond memories of the Harke  family, our hearts go out to you all.
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Joan & Tony Gerun

April 28, 2021 1:21 PM

Frieda, Linda and family & Mary and family,
Our deepest condolences to you all.  Although I didn't know Art well, I know you are a close-knit family and am saddened by your loss.  Cherish the memories and hold them close.

Mavis Teske

April 26, 2021 5:05 PM

Frieda, Linda, Mary and family,
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May all the happy memories bring peace and comfort to each one of you!
Mavis Teske

Ted and Dee Krysa

April 25, 2021 9:30 AM

Always the helpful neighbor and always the smiling face  Rest in Peace Art!

Ted and Dee Krysa

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