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John Harkness

August 2, 1968 — December 21, 2017

John Arthur Harkness, 49 years old, of Hawarden, Iowa, passed away suddenly Thursday, December 21, 2017 in Glenwood Springs, CO. Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden, Iowa, with Pastor Carolyn Salberg officiating. Condolences may be sent to

John Arthur Harkness was born August 2, 1968 in Hawarden, Iowa to Terry and Paulene (Peterson) Harkness.

He met Paula Sullivan July 11, 1986 and was married January 31, 1987 in Akron, Iowa. They shared a wonderful life together and made their home in Hawarden, Iowa. John spent time in the Army Reserve in 1987.

John was a very hardworking truck driver and spent his life dedicated to his work. He loved working on cars and watching racing. John was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, and he could be heard a mile away if it was a good game. He was a fierce friend, and a wonderful father and husband. John was well known for his storytelling and straight-up honesty. You always knew what he was thinking because he was sure to tell you the truth.

He is survived by his wife Paula of 30 years; his two children, Shelby and Cody Kiers of Hull, Iowa, and Jayce Harkness of Hawarden, Iowa; one beloved granddaughter, Isabelle Kiers; his parents Paulene Harkness of Pierce, Nebraska and Terry Harkness of Lennox, South Dakota; his siblings, Paul Harkness, and James and Wendy Harkness both of Vermillion, South Dakota, and his sister, Theresa and Roger Salazar of Medford, New Jersey; many brothers and sisters in-law, nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends. He will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Helen Harkness and Lewis and June Peterson; his father-in-law Phillip Sullivan, and a very dear friend Richard Mulder.

Memorial Service

Tuesday December 26, 2017 , 2:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home ~ Hawarden

Facts Born: August 2, 1968
Place of Birth: Hawarden, IA
Death: December 21, 2017
Place of Death: Glenwood Springs, CO

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