Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Benjamin I. Harter, 92, a former resident of Churubusco and more recently of Fort Wayne, passed away at 6:45 p. m. on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at Kindred Transitional Care in Fort Wayne.Â Although he had been a patient there for the past two months, his death was unexpected.
Mr. Harter was bornÂ on December 16, 1918 in Smith Township near Collins, a son of Arlando and Olive (Sours) Harter, and spent his formative years there.Â He was educated at the former Collins School, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1937.
As a young man he served with the U. S. Army during World War II, and was married in Valparaiso on April 24, 1954 to Velma Jean Kiefer.Â The couple lived all of their married life in Churubusco.
He was employed at International Harvester in Fort Wayne for 20 years, retiring from there in 1982.Â Mrs. Harter preceded him in death on August 12, 1991, and Mr. Harter moved to Fort Wayne nine years ago.
He was a member of the Churubusco Church of the Nazarene.
The surviving relatives include his children Terry Harter and Larry Harter, both of Fredericksburg, Virg.,Â Karen Harter of Phoenix, Ariz., and Stuart (Brenda) Harter of New Haven; and two grandchildren Andrew Harter and Amanda Harter.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son Kevin Harter; and by a brother Gloster “Mike” Harter.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Friday, November 18, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Paul D. White, pastor of Churubusco Church of the Nazarene, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Friday morning.
Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Churubusco Church of the Nazarene, 1000 W. Whitley Street, Churubusco, INÂ 46723
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Harter’s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net