Fred H. Harkrider, 73

Published 5:26 pm Sunday, July 28, 2013

Born: April 25, 1940

Died: July 27, 2013




Fred H. Harkrider, 73, of Edwardsburg, and formerly of Niles and Buchanan, died at 1:35 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind., following an extended illness.

He was born on April 25, 1940, in Buchanan, to Fred Redden and Shirley (Howard) Harkrider.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Viet Nam Era.  He lived in Niles from 1961 until moving to Edwardsburg in 1977.  He was employed by the former G&R Construction Company in Niles for 25 years and then was employed at Morgan Drive-Away.

Fred was a member of the Church of Christ in Buchanan.  He was formerly a member of the American Legion Post #365 in Edwardsburg.  He has always enjoyed fishing, and teaching children about fishing.  When his children were young, they enjoyed camping at Lake Michigan, and Fred supported his son’s BMX bicycle racing by volunteering at races.

On Aug. 10, 1961, in Stevensville, he married the former Gloria J. Gillentine with whom he celebrated last year the 50th anniversary of their wedding.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Harkrider; and by their children, Mary Jane (and

Robert) Davis and Fred Ray (and Sharon) Harkrider, both of Niles, and Jon Anthony

(and Shonne) Harkrider, of Bristol, Ind.; grandchildren, Becky Davis, Mindy Howard, Danielle Harkrider, Samantha (and Jesse) Foreman and Tanner Scott Harkrider; great-grandchildren Hennesy, Brooklyn, Harley and Lalique; and Fred’s brother, Jack Earl (and Gladys) Harkrider, of Buchanan, and his children, Jack Harkrider Jr. and Linda Harkrider.

Services for Fred Harkrider will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with Pastor Jeffrey L. Whittaker of the Michiana

Christian Embassy officiating and will conclude with full military honors on the funeral home lawn by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard and American Legion Post #51 of Buchanan.

The family will receiverelatives and friends at the funeral home beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Contributions in memory of Fred Harkrider may be made to an animal welfare organization of the donor’s choice.