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Robert Harter

Robert Ross Harter

Sunday, January 27, 1929 - Friday, December 25, 2020
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Robert “Bob” Ross Harter, 91, a resident of 8th Street in Calumet passed away on Christmas Day at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium following a short illness.
He was born on January 27, 1929 in Calumet a son of the late Hyacinth (Babe) and Flora Harter.
Bob graduated from Sacred Heart High School.
On June 25, 1949 he married the former Elizabeth “Bette” Tarvis in St. Johns Church in Calumet and she preceded him in death on June 16, 2015

His early career was working for his father at Harter’s Party Store and the Village of Calumet. He then went on to work for the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company. After that he spent a few years working for Clairmont Trucking in Escanaba. Then he left the Copper Country for a short time to work in Oklahoma for Transcon Trucking. He returned to Calumet to take over the Pontiac dealership (Harter Pontiac Buick) which he ran for 33 years.

In his younger years when his vision was good he enjoyed stream fishing, rabbit hunting and deer hunting. A lot of his time was spent raising a family, time at the Armory coaching or watching hockey. He was one of a number of people responsible for bringing artificial ice to the area which benefited the community. Later on he helped to bring in a semi-professional hockey team to the area called the Copper Country Chiefs.

Over the years he met a lot of people. He was always curious to find out where a person was from and who they were related to. Those who met him knew what a character he was. He always had a story to tell! He loved all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and gave them all fun nicknames that they carry with them to this day. He is probably catching up with some of his old friends that he has missed over the years, including, Ken Rowe, Walt Kilberg, Jim O’Toole, Ed Coppo, Ed Jackovich, Ken Korri Jack Rierdon and many more. But most importantly catching up with his wife Bette Ann. He is probably thrilled to have her waiting on him again!

He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Calumet.
Preceding him in death was his wife Bette, Daughter in law Sharon Harter, Grandson Dan Harter, sisters Betty Sotlich and Rita Strand

Surviving are:
Daughter: Beth (Michael) Trione of Mundelein, IL
Sons: Robert J. Harter of Hancock
William Harter of Hancock
Bruce (Sue) Harter of Calumet
Brian (Jolene) Harter of Calumet
Barry (Chris) Harter of Calumet

13 Grandchildren 13 Great Grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild
Brother: James Harter

A private family service will be held.

Burial will be in the Waasa Cemetery.

The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorials may be given in Bob’s name to: St. Paul the Apostle Church P.O. 546 Calumet, MI 49913 or Calumet Hockey Association, PO Box 385 Calumet, MI 49913
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    Waasa Cemetery
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    Hancock, Michigan 49930
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Dale Smallidge

Posted at 06:10pm
Deepest sympathy to all of the Harter family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Pete and Dolores Capello and Jan Capello-Maki


Posted at 06:44pm
Spent a lot of time at the party store ...growing up on Pine Street Many memories. Our condolences from the Shuty family
Betty Buss , Mary and Frances Shuty.

Barbara and Don Effinger

Posted at 11:44am
Dear Harter Family:
Please accept our sincere sympathy for the loss of your father, Bob! He was always so friendly and willing to help! Take Care and God Bless you all!
Your friends, Barbara and Don Effinger

Cindy Trail

Posted at 06:41pm
Our sincere condolences to the Harter Family,
from Eric & Cindy Trail, Calumet

MaryAnn Gruver

Posted at 06:38pm
My heart goes out to all of you. Bob was a dandy that’s for sure.He loved to get me a hard time all the time and
I would give it right back to him. We would chuckle. He say gee die your hair all ready..Never did. We would laugh.
Bob did a lot for hockey in Calumet. He loved his family an Betty. Bob was a good man. I bet he an Betty are dancing in heaven now. You all have my deepest sympathy.

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