City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Ronald Keith Harken

Willow Spring, North Carolina

Age 87.
Died 09/22/2021.

Ronald Keith Harken
Sunrise 8/11/1934
Sunset 9/22/2021 Aged 87 years
Ronald Keith Harken was born to Fred and Katherine Harken on 8/11/1934 in Grand Rapids Michigan, he was the oldest of four children. Ron married Lois Ann Holmes on 12/20/1959. Ron and Lois were both in the army and enjoyed traveling around the country and made many happy memories in Germany. Ron’s twenty-two-year army career was primarily focused in the field of computer science. He is a veteran of the Korean war. In his retirement years, it was Ron’s passion to help foster, and find furever homes for an organization called HALO, and he helped over 100 Havanese find good homes. He said goodbye to his beloved Lois on September 19, 2006. Ron is survived by his three living children and their spouse/partner. Holly Harken and her fiancé Wesley Morrison of New Britain CT, Noel Harken of Fredericksburg VA, and Christa Harken Samples and her husband Charles (Chad) Samples III of Clayton NC, and his three grandchildren, Alexander Harken and his fiancé Emily Hawkins of Bolder CO, Corin Samples and Caleb Samples. Ron is also survived by his sister Joyce Boyce and her husband Bob in Michigan, his brother-in-law Douglas Pierce (Kathryn Harken) of Willimantic Connecticut, and Sister-in-law- Melba Harken (Thomas Harken) of Beaumont Texas.
He will live on forever in the hearts of those he loved.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an affordable alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

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Our Promise

Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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