Harold McCarville, 93
Fri, 01/18/2019 - 3:39pm admin
Des Moines - Harold Eldridge McCarville, age 93, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at the Iowa Jewish Life Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held on Jan. 21, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Des Moines. Burial will be on Jan. 22, 2019 in Oaklawn Cemetery in Cresco, Iowa.
Harold was born on Oct. 3, 1925, in rural Howard County, near Cresco, the first of four sons of Raphael and Hazel McCarville. He enjoyed a happy childhood as the four McCarville ‘poor boys’ learned about life on the farm.
Harold enlisted into the Army Air Corps in 1945 and served in Guam as a cryptographer. Upon his discharge from the service, he enrolled at the Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) and received a bachelors degree, making use of the benefits received from the G.I. Bill. He taught for three years in Newhall, Iowa and Fort Atkinson, Iowa before entering the business world in 1952. He worked at DICO Corporation in Des Moines for 38 years, initially in accounting before retiring in 1990 as the secretary/treasurer.
Upon retirement, Harold devoted much of his time to genealogy, serving as the McCarville family historian for many years. He also enjoyed travelling with his wife Dorothy, attending family reunions, spending winters in Arizona and visiting their children and grandchildren. He volunteered for many years, assisting people with insurance issues under the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). He also volunteered with the Iowa Genealogical Society and the Iowa Historical Society. Over the years Harold and Dorothy made many friends with the Merle Hay Mall walkers.
He is survived by his children, Patricia (Charles) Ryen of Springfield, Mo., David (JoAnn) McCarville of Palatine, Ill., Mark (Sally) McCarville of Shoreview, Minn., Susan Dunsky of Des Moines and Douglas (Miriam) McCarville of Orcas Island, Wash.; grandchildren, Anthony A. Dunsky, Shaunda Bradley, Chad McCarville, Katherine Metzel, Christopher Ryen, Alison Wolfe, Daniel McCarville, Kirsten Rinker and Dania Rinker; great-grandchildren, Anthony J. Dunsky, Nolan Ryen, Adele Metzel, Sophia Bradley, Aidan Ryen, Jackson Ryen, Charles Metzel, Sadie Bradley, Carley Jo Dunsky and Max Wolfe; brother, Charles (Ardith) McCarville; sisters-in-law, Marion McCarville and Sherry McCarville; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Zeller McCarville; parents, Raphael and Hazel McCarville; and brothers, Irvin McCarville and Gerald McCarville.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Hope Ministries or Meals on Wheels. Condolences may be left at caldwellparrish.com.