Harry Owen Karcher Sr., 79, formerly of Creston Avenue, Marietta, died at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday (March 11, 2008) at Marietta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Harry was born in Newport, Ohio, on May 28, 1928, to the late Merle Lewis and Thelma Berga Karcher. He attended Marietta City Schools and served in the U.S. Navy from Aug. 15, 1945, to Aug. 1, 1946. Harry was on the USS Oneida out of San Francisco, Calif. He returned to Marietta to work 43 years as shipping foreman at Dravo Corp./Connex Systems until retiring on March 1, 1990. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 64, and V.F.W. Post 5108 in Marietta.
In 1948 he married Helen Lee, who preceded him in death in February 1953. Two children survive this marriage: Harry Karcher Jr. (Sharon) of Marietta and Cynthia French (Bill) of Monroe, N.C.
In April 1954 he married Jolanda (Dutton) Karcher. Three daughters survive this marriage: Karen Prunty (Jeff), Melissa Bishop (Ron) both of Marietta, and Lori Taylor (Fleet) of East Bend, N.C.
He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Wendy Ketelson (Brian), Stacy Miller (Bill), Erin Meeks (Todd), Corry and Adam Prunty, Keith Bishop, all of Marietta, Jennifer Jupp (Larry) of Columbus, Matthew Rumbold of Charleston, S.C., Stephen Rumbold (Amy) of Monroe, N.C., Ben Prunty (Sarai) of Virginia Beach, Va., Lisa Bishop of Austin, Texas, and Erica, Brittany and Taylor Smith of East Bend, N.C.; and 14 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Dayton Karcher of Marietta; three sisters, Pauline Stoody of Delta, Colo., Jacque Brown (Jim) of Watertown, and Evelyn Lenhart (Jim) of Lowell, Ohio.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Galen and Merle Karcher; and two sisters, Marguerite Harris and Ruth Jeanette Borman on March 5, 2008.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., where the service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Myron Guiler officiating. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park.
Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association-Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Office, 1218 Market St., Parkersburg, W.Va. 26101.
Online condolences may be made at hadleyfuneralhomes.com .