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Richard Harrer

Richard Harrer

Thursday, June 24, 1948 - Friday, August 14, 2020
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Richard A. Harrer, 72, a resident of Eagle Harbor Twp. went home to be with his Lord on Friday August 14, 2020 at the Canal View-Houghton County.
He was born on June 24, 1948 in Chicago to Evelyn Harrer, and George Noffke and was raised by Richard W. Diesterheft. He attended the local schools in Skokie, Illinois. Following DeVry University in Chicago, Rich enlisted with the United States Navy Reserves, where he was called up and served in Vietnam, in 1969-1970
On November 14, 1970, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Exline in McHenry, Illinois.
Rich worked for Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook, Illinois for 15 years, he then went on to work for Teledyne Post in Barrington, Illinois in maintenance of machines. Together him and Bonnie lived in Mundelein, Illinois where they raised their son, Doug. Often times they would vacation to Copper Harbor, and they fell in love with the area. When Teledyne Post closed in 1991, he and Bonnie moved to Eagle Harbor Twp. Together they owned and ran Country Lane Bakery for 10 years in Copper Harbor before he began working for Grant Township retiring as Superintendent of Copper Harbor Water, Sewer and Parks after nearly 20 years of dedicated service. After retiring from Grant Township, Rich stayed active in his community serving as a trustee for Eagle Harbor Township, and was on the board for Bethany Lutheran Church of the Keweenaw, serving as a representative for Shepherd of the Sea Chapel.
Rich was a history buff a voracious reader and an avid gardener, which ran in his family. In 2017 he and Bonnie went to Germany and Poland to explore his family farms. He was a Lionel Train enthusiast. Rich loved toys and never wanted to lose his childhood memories of fun and play. He loved to shoot his guns and along with his son belonged to the Calumet Keweenaw Sports Club.
He was a devote Christian and was very involved in his church. He was also a huge advocate for Vietnam Veterans and helping his fellow Vets get the assistance they needed at the Vet Center in Houghton, Mi.
He is preceded in death by his father, mother, and step father.
He is survived by:
His wife: Bonnie of Eagle Harbor Twp.
His son: Doug Harrer (Amy) Longpre-Harrer of Calumet
His granddaughters: Sadie Longpre-Harrer and Maddie Longpre-Harrer
His cousin: Sue Schmidt of Johnsburg, Illinois
His step siblings:
Marilee Cederland of Wheeling, Illinois
Shirlee Schneider of Cave Creek, Arizona
Richard “Rick” Diesterheft of Libertyville, Illinois
His in- law siblings: Linda, Glenn, Laura, and Mark
Along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at the Calvary Cemetery on Friday August 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Larry Malloy to officiate and Pastor Peter Vorhes to assist.
The family is requesting to please dress casually and bring a chair for you to sit in. Please observe social distancing while in the cemetery.
In Lieu of expressions of sympathy, the family is requesting donations be sent to: UP Honor Flight; 7480 J Road, Gladstone, MI 49837; or Shepherd of the Sea Chapel, PO Box 84, Copper Harbor, MI 49918.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com
The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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  • Service

    Friday, August 21, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, August 21, 2020 2:00pm
    Calvary Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Pastor Larry Malloy
    Pastor Peter Vorhes
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Ahmeek, Michigan 49901
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James W. Sternitzky

Posted at 09:24pm
Colleen and I send our condolences to Bonnie and the rest of the Harrer family. Rich and I corresponded by email for more than a decade, researching our common family history. It was a great pleasure to meet Rich and Bonnie in 2018. Rich was a great man.
Jim and Colleen Sternitzky
Kewaunee, Wisconsin

Mary Ann Livingston

Posted at 01:12pm
The Harrers were the best neighbors anyone could have. I can see Rich working in his garden and he’d mess with me when I asked why he didn’t grow flowers. He told me “ya can’t eat flowers.” He was my hero when I caught my hand in the blades of little tiller and he had to dismantle it to free my hand. He turned a little green but he handled the task and even drove me to the ER. He was a big tender-hearted bear and will be missed dearly. RIP my friend.

Dot Voght-O'Donnell

Posted at 01:06pm
We want to send our condolences to the family. What a warrior he was to say the least.
A good man with a good heart and beautiful wife! We were blessed to take this photo not long
ago of Rich and Bonnie (and Don in the mirror)...a real treasure and blessing for our day!
Thank the Good Lord for so many memories your family has made and will keep close to their hearts.
Love and hugs to all of you

Don and Dot O'Donnell

Amanda Exline, Pete, Hunter, and Elijah Bryan

Posted at 11:53am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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