HARRY CURTIS BEVINGTON
It is with great sadness but no small appreciation of irony that we announce one of the avid readers of this section must now himself be featured in it. Harry Curtis Bevington passed away on October 14, 2023, at the age of 86. His dear Ann, the love of his life since they were both 16, was by his side. A native of Mount Ayr and longtime resident of Des Moines, he was one of the proudest Iowans you’d ever meet and a fierce Hawkeye fan. His heart never fully left Mount Ayr; he loved to recount memories of his time there playing sports, roller-skating, performing the lead in the school musical, and of all the wonderful people he had known growing up.
He left Iowa briefly to attend Northwest Missouri State University and serve in the Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, but ultimately returned home and graduated from Drake University. He enjoyed a varied career with United Food markets, Kraft Foods, North American Van Lines and more. He was most passionate about his role as a purveyor of fine foods and leaves behind a legacy of opinions on the best of everything from dairy to nuts to State Fair lemonade (for the record, it’s at the stand in front of the hog barn). He was also a talented gardener, and many would attest that the best tomatoes indeed came from his own backyard.
His garden was one of abundance, spilling over with cucumbers and peppers, bird feeders, signs and colorful whirligigs. His gregariousness, too, was abundant, as many a cashier or waiter could tell you – Harry could make friends wherever he went and would confidently claim his convictions to anyone foolish enough to think they could sway him. He was devotedly loyal to his loved ones; his most unshakeable conviction was that his family and friends were beyond compare. Amongst these close companions, he was known for his generosity, his rarely exaggerated stories, and his dancing skills.
Preceding him in death are his mother Ola and his father James “Paul” Bevington and his uncle Matt Bevington, along with many extended family and friends he held dear.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Lynn Bevington; his two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Carolyn Bevington and Joe and Andrea Bevington; his daughter Sue Bevington; and his grandchildren, Elaine, Elizabeth, Henry, and Madeline Bevington. They will remember him fondly and try to always abide by his counsel not to take any wooden nickels.
HARRY CURTIS BEVINGTON