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Date: 8/22/2007 at 19:28:24

Collin Harbaugh, 14, Postville, June 19, 2007

Funeral services for Collin Harbaugh, 14, were Wednesday, June 20 at 12:30 p.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church at Postville. The Reverend Steve Brackett officiated. Special music was provided by the organist, Priscilla Miene, St. Paul Combined Bell Choir, directed by Susan Brackett, and the Brass Quintet. Casketbearers were: Brenden Harbaugh, Bradley Harbaugh, Daniel Harbaugh, Shane Harbaugh, Travis Harbaugh, Justin Harbaugh, and Jamie Smith. Burial was in the Postville Cemetery. The Schutte Funeral and Cremation Service of Postville was in charge of arrangements.

Collin C. J. Harbaugh was born April 21, 1993 in Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union to Brian and Koral (Foels) Harbaugh. He died Friday, June 15 at the hospital in West Union where he was born. Collin was baptized July 18, 1993, in St. Paul Lutheran Church by the Reverend Charles W. Miller, and was a member of the confirmation class that will be confirmed October 14, and the confirmation choir. Collin participated in the Bell Choir and the Junior Youth Group and served as an acolyte. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. Collin had completed the eighth grade this spring at Valley Community Schools. He was involved in football, basketball, track, the school chorus and band, and participated in Dorian Honor Band. He was also the Student O President during the school year of 2004 to 2005. Collin had earlier been involved in the Cub Scouts. He was an active member of the Marion Happy Hustlers 4-H Club where he was involved in numerous club activities. He was presently the vice president and had held other offices as well, such as Phone Tree Operator and reporter. He participated in project areas such as: dairy, photography, rabbits, horticulture, food and nutrition, scrapbooking, leadership, communications, citizenship, child development, and home improvement. He received numerous awards in these categories, which allowed him to progress to the State Fair. He was a member of the Dairy Quiz Bowl in 2004, and a member of the Dairy Judging team for four years, which would compete at the State Fair. Collin showed purebred registered Holsteins at county to national levels. He had the honor of being the first Clayton County Junior Dairyman to represent the dairy industry. He was a member of the Junior Holstein Association. He received many awards in Record Keeping and the Top Project Award, in which he was to have advanced to attend the State 4-H Conference on the ISU Campus at the end of June. He participated in several workshops and county activities such as camp.

Collin is preceded in death by two siblings, Cassidy Foels Harbaugh and Chance Foels Harbaugh. Surviving are his parents, Brian and Koral; a brother, Pierce Foels Harbaugh; his maternal grandparents, John and Gwen Foels, Postville; paternal grandparents, Carrol and Arlene Harbaugh, Elkader; great grandmothers, Ruby Foels, Postville and Florence Schlake, Waukon; an aunt, Laurie (Jamie) Smith, their children, Mason and Peyton; six uncles, Brenden (Julie) Harbaugh, their children, Jon and Brooke; Bradley (Sandy) Harbaugh, their children, Ashley, Jeremy, Joshua; Daniel (Amy) Harbaugh, their children, Conner and Cameron; Shane Harbaugh and children, Alayna and Adrianna; Travis (Michelle) Harbaugh and son, Landon; and Justin Harbaugh.

Elgin Echo newspaper, June 27, 2007


A rural Postville youth who would have been a freshman at Valley Schools this fall, died Friday afternoon after authorities said he attempted to swim across the Turkey River.

Collin Harbaugh, 14, and more than a dozen other Valley FFA students were participating in a canoe outing on the Turkey River, June 15. The group had stopped to swim in the area of an old railroad bridge between Clermont and Elgin, just before 1 p.m.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was summoned at 12:55 p.m. Emergency services were also dispatched to the scene.

Authorities determined Harbaugh had attempted to swim across the river when he disappeared under the water. He was located about 10 minutes later, but was unresponsive. Elgin Area Ambulance personnel and the Clermont Fire Department began CPR. Paramedics from Northeast Iowa Ambulance Service were picked up en route and continued emergency rescue operations but efforts to revive the teenager failed.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Services for Collin Harbaugh, son of Brian and Koral Harbaugh, are today (Wednesday), June 20, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville at 12:30 p.m. Pastor Steve Brackett will officiate. Burial will be in the Postville Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday at Valley Schools.

Elgin Echo newspaper, June 20, 2007


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