June 04, 2023

Carroll Harned


Carroll Samuel Harned was born on January 20, 1935 to Charles Samuel and Ruby Eleanor (Flesher) Harned in his Great-Aunt Amy Flesher’s home in Indianola, Iowa and passed from this life on August 31, 2021.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Sheila Harned on January 29, 2022 from 1-4 p.m. at 1006 N “O” Street in Indianola.

Carroll graduated from Indianola High School in 1953 and began working at Schmitt and Henry, a furniture manufacturer in Des Moines.

From an early age Carroll loved to create with his hands, design something out of nothing while engineering every detail. He once wanted a train set and managed to carve one out of wood using wire pins to make the couplers. In high school he excelled in shop where he learned to use a metal lathe and make his own tools. He also started to tool leather and created many purses, billfolds and other items for family and friends.

Carroll carried his passion for cars into his work life as a salesman and sales manager for Lewis Chevrolet in Osceola and Johnston Hardie Ford in Chariton. He also had his own upholstery business creating and repairing many fine pieces of furniture.

Later he worked in the engineering department of Deflecta Shield in Corydon where he was instrumental in the fabrication of new fiberglass products. He always looked for ways to improve his motorcycles and began designing and developing fiberglass fenders, scoops and other items for Harley Davidson motorcycles, fabricating and distributing them through his own business with the help of his sister Virginia and her husband Condon.

Not only did Carroll love adventure, racing motorcycles and barreling up hill climbs during his younger years, he enjoyed traveling to the mountains of Colorado.

As an avid photographer, he took numerous photos of the beauty of mountain peaks and the countryside of the West, returning as often as he could. His ability to create and design anything, kept his mind active and sharp throughout his life. He passed so many of these traits on to his children and grandchildren. Carroll maintained close friendships with high school buddies, motorcycle club cohorts and various others he worked with. He loved to tell stories of pranks they did and the incredible feats they managed to pull off.

Carroll was preceded in death by his parents and his adored Spotty dog and little Miss Charley. Charley is probably at his feet now grabbing cheerios while he has his next cup of coffee!

He is loved and greatly missed by his wife, Sheila (Robins) Harned; sister, Virginia (Condon) Clark of Woodburn, Iowa; children, Pamela (Alan) Bohn of Sagle, Idaho; Kevin (Jan) Harned of Bondurant, Iowa; Julie (Doug) Klein of Des Moines, Iowa; Tami (Jim) DeVore of Corydon, Iowa; Tawnia (Andrew) Shipley of Des Moines, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.