July 27, 1921-March 26, 2012
PLYMOUTH — March 26, 2012, John W. Harman, 90, of Plymouth, went to be with the Lord. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; their four children, Mark (Coyne) Harman of South Carolina, Mary Swinehart of Fort Wayne, John (Becky) Harman of Fort Wayne, and Tim (Jennifer) Harman of Bremen; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Reah (Montel) Harman, both of Atwood; his granddaughter, Kelsey Swinehart; and three sisters.
Born in Atwood July 27, 1921, John was a life-long, “frustrated Chicago Cubs fan and IU fan” (his words). His favorite pastimes were attending and watching ballgames and spending time on the golf course with his family and friends.
In 1939, John graduated from Warsaw High School. In December of 1941, he heard the call to defend our country and joined the United States Navy. He completed his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago, Ill. in the spring of 1942, and served valiantly in the Pacific theater, as a Radioman 1st Class, until the end of the war in 1945. John was a member of the Warsaw American Legion Post #49 and Plymouth VFW Post #1162.
After the war, John completed his education at Indiana University, in Bloomington, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1948.
April 29, 1961, John married Theresa (Augustine) of South Bend, and they settled into their first home in Niles, Mich. In April of 1974, John and his family moved to Plymouth where he lived the remainder of his life.
For a career, John worked for The Traveler’s and later Underwriters Adjusting Company and Continental Insurance, as an insurance adjuster, until his first retirement in 1987. For the next 21 years, John drove motor homes, primarily for Quality Drive-Away in Goshen. In 2008, John retired for the final time at the age of 86. He was a very hard worker.
John was a believer, belonging to the First United Methodist Church in Plymouth. His wit, humor, love of sports, love for IU, and love for his family and grandchildren, will be sorely missed. He was quite a guy.
Today, John is in glory with his heavenly Father and has received the honor of a job well done.
FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012, 4-7 P.M.
VAN GILDER FUNERAL HOME
300 W. MADISON ST.
PLYMOUTH, IN 46563
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012, 1 P.M.
VAN GILDER FUNERAL HOME
THE REV. LARRY MARHANKA, OFFICIATING
NEW OAK HILL CEMETERY, PLYMOUTH
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