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“Please know that your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers at such a difficult time. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Cindy Donovan-Steahr Centerville

“Rick and family, I was so sad to read of your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Dixie Broshar Thomas - MO

“i cannot express to you my profound sorrow that jane ann and rick are joining this exclusive club. what a wonderful young man. anytime you need...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: jeanine benac - columbia, MO

“To the family of Jess Harl, we offer our sincere condolences> Words can never describe the feeling of losing someone dear to you. Our prayers are...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Norman & Kay Guffey - Centerville, IA

“JaneAnne, Rick, and Chris How very sorry I am for your loss. You all played an important role in my teenage years. You will all be in my prayers...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Darren Johnson - Goodyear, AZ

“May God give you strength to make it through this most difficult time and your memories ease your pain ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: JoAnn Laurson

“Your time on earth was to short of long, but your memory through love will forever live on. Due to miles and distance being close we weren't able, ...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Danette, Terry, Andrew & Megan Fisk - MI

“Dear Jane Anne, Rick, Doris, and Family, Words cannot express our sorrow or our love for all of you. Please accept our sympathy and prayers, and...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Dennis & Bev Sisul Laurson Family - IA


Jesse Abram Harl, 31, died July 12, 2012 near Fairfield, Iowa as a result of a swimming accident.
Jesse was born October 29, 1980 in Rapid City, South Dakota. He was the son of Richard G. (Rick) and Jane Anne (LaPaglia) Harl, and the brother of Christopher S. Harl. His grandparents are Doris and P. J. LaPaglia (deceased) and Robert and Doris Harl (both deceased).
In his short life Jesse accomplished many things, but what he was most proud of were his children. Throughout his various adventures in life what remained constant was his love for them. Drake James Harl (age 10) is the son of Jesse Harl and Emily Nicholson of Ottumwa. Madalyn Dessamarie Harl (age 5) is the daughter of Jesse Harl and Justine Davis of Ottumwa. Jesse's children were paramount in his life as he was in theirs.
Jesse attended school in Centerville until moving to Fairfield where he completed junior high and high school (Class of 1999). He went on to receive his Associates Degree in Auto Mechanics from Indian Hills.
He had many skills and in the past few years worked for Drish Construction of Fairfield, Iowa and Golden Eagle Distributors of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He had recently started Flying H Construction, which was going very well for him. Jesse was looking forward to a bright future as a carpenter, a trait he acquired from his grandfather, P. J.
Jesse was a natural athlete. He was a great football, basketball, and baseball player during junior high and high school. But it was High School Rodeo which fulfilled his mother's dreams by taking her all over the state and to Wyoming for High School Rodeo Events. Through his rodeo career he and his mother acquired many rodeo family and friends. An association she hopes to be able to continue through the rest of her life. He was a team roper, successful at both ends (as a header and a heeler). He played around at calf roping on a few occasions. He had continued roping until this past year but had planned to get back into it soon. Dakota Joe, his devoted heeling horse, remains on the farm for his children, along with his dog, Diablo.
At the time of his death, Jesse was engaged to Hopi James of Fairfield, Iowa.
Jesse will be remembered as a free spirit and a loving father. He will be deeply missed by his parents, brother, children, family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fairfield with Father Stephen C. Page officiating.
Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
A graveside service will take place at 1:30PM Thursday afternoon at Oakland Cemetery, Centerville.
Cards and memorials may be sent to JaneAnne Harl at 1713 Hackberry Way, Batavia, Iowa 52533
Lange Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of local arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.langefh.com