Fred H. Harkrider, 73, of Edwardsburg

Published 4:35 pm Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Born: April 25, 1940

Died: July 27, 2013

Fred H. Harkrider, 73, of Edwardsburg, Mich., 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, Indiana following an extended illness.



He was born on April 25, 1940 in Buchanan, Mich., to Fred Redden and Shirley (Howard) Harkrider.  He enlisted in the United States 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 twenty-five 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, Mich., he married the former Gloria J. Gillentine with whom he celebrated last year the fiftieth 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 United States Navy Honor Guard and American Legion Post #51 of Buchanan.

The family will receive relatives 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.