Harold Raymond Locke, 72, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 9:30 PM surrounded by his loved ones in his rural Angola home. He fought a long battle with lung and bone cancer and COPD/Emphysema.
Harold was born on July 18, 1948 in Angola, Indiana to Charles and Thelma (Barnhouse) Locke. He grew up in Steuben County and graduated from Angola High School in 1966. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1968 and served until 1970 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of SP4 (Equal to a Corporal).
Harold married Rebecca Sue Handley on August 15, 1970 in Angola, Indiana.
He loved NASCAR, baseball, softball, working on cars, trucks and lawn mowers, basically whatever needed fixed. If it had a motor he would work on it. He worked as a mechanic for most of his life. He worked at Swager Tower, 1000 Acre Campground, Dewey’s Auto Parts (a salvage yard), Union 76 Truck Stop, Apollo Disposal, and Lonsbury’s Garage. In 1986 he started working for Steuben County REMC as their mechanic, maintenance and groundskeeper for 25 years, retiring on March 18, 2011.
Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Sue Locke of Angola, Indiana; sons, Matthew (Lori) Locke of Benbrook, Texas and Christopher (Amy) Locke of Albion, Michigan; daughters, Kimberly Locke and her partner, Hollis Baker of Angola, Indiana and Heather (Terry Jr.) Owens of Pleasant Lake, Indiana; 10 grandchildren, Alexandra (Kyle) Davis, Chandler Locke, Brenna Vives, Adam Owens, Autumn Owens, Kayne Locke, Savannah Whitney, Devin Denino and Anastasia Denino; one great-granddaughter, Norabelle Davis. Also surviving are four sisters, Beverly Jean Hendricks of Defiance, Ohio, Joyce (Jerry) Wilson of Auburn, Indiana, Carolyn Dick of Angola, Indiana and Donna (Mark) Turner of Angola, Indiana and his brother, Lloyd (Sandy) Locke of Angola, Indiana along with many, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant child, “Baby Locke”, sister, Minnie Bailey and brother, Floyd Locke (Lloyd’s Twin).
Visitation will be from 3-6 PM on Friday, February 19, 2021 at the Weicht Funeral Home in Angola, Indiana.
Private Funeral services and Military Honors by the Angola American Legion Post 31 and the U.S. Army Honor guard will be held.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the family in care of Rebecca Locke.
Charitable donations may be made in Harold's memory to the following organization:
To the Family care of Rebecca Locke.