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Donald Joseph Harkin

December 26, 1948 — October 27, 2022

Donald Joseph Harkin, 73, of Topeka, died October 27, 2022, at The Gardens at Aldersgate.


He was born in Topeka, Kansas on December 26, 1948, the son of Paul Glenn and Jo Alice (Smith) Harkin. He was a 1967 graduate of Hayden High School.


Donald retired as a Concrete Truck Driver for R.A. Ruud and Sons.


He enjoyed classic hot rod cars, action movies, watching television, reading Western novels, playing pool, bowling, and video games. Donald was a dog lover and had several special four-legged companions over the years.


He married Patricia Schlins and had a son Bryan and later married Judy Reynolds in 1981 and had two daughters, Maggie and Katie. He is survived by his son Bryan Harkin and wife Jodi and their children Lucas and Anna of Topeka, and two daughters, Maggie Butterfield and her husband Arlee and their children, Madelynne, Maylee, and Abigail of Springfield, Missouri, and Katie Gleichman and husband Joe and their children, Eleanor and Josie of Baldwin City, Kansas. He is also survived by his brother Jerry (Rachel) Harkin of Martinville, Indiana and sister Linda (John) Dutch of Montgomery, Texas.


Services were held at Brennan-Mathena with burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Helping Hands Humane Society, Second Chance Animal Rescue Society or Prairie Wind Hospice and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6* Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.


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