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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

Neal E. Harmon

May 15, 1939July 7, 2019

Neal E. Harmon, age 80 of Haslett, MI passed away peacefully in his home, with his loving wife by his side, as she has always been. Born in Elwood, IN to William and Martha Harmon, he grew up in Cheboygan, MI where he attended and graduated from Cheboygan High School. After high school he entered the United States Army which he proudly served in for 3 years as a member of the Special Forces in Germany. Neal was a 32nd Degree Master Mason at the Freemasons Lodge in Grand Rapids, MI. He began a career at Meijer as an electrician and worked his way up to Director of Property Services for the entire Eastern Division. While working at Meijer, he attended night classes at Spring Arbor University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Business Administration. Neal enjoyed substitute teaching in the Haslett and Okemos School Districts after he retired from Meijer after 30 years of service. Retirement did not suit an active person like Neal, so he started a second career as an electrician with the State of Michigan and was based at the Michigan State Police Training Academy in Lansing where he worked until his retirement in December 2018.

Never one to shy away from hard work, he was always helping his children and his neighbors with home projects such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, and finishing basements. To him it was just second nature. He could often be seen riding his bike, or John Deere lawn tractor. He was always willing to help those who needed it. He was always the first person we called when we needed to figure out how to fix something. He taught us well.

Neal loved his family, and found special joy in watching his children and grandchildren excel in life, sports, and school.

In recent years, Neal celebrated his grandsons Connor and Austin’s high school, and college graduations, his granddaughter Taylor’s theatre performances, and her recent high school graduation. He loved watching and hearing about his granddaughter Kendall’s success on the basketball court. The last year was one that we didn’t think we would have. We thank God for the extra time, the memories made, and the love that was shared.

We are so grateful that Neal was able to attend the weddings of his son Chris in 2018, and his grandson Connor in 2017.

The family would also like to thank the many medical professionals who took such wonderful care of Neal at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital in Lansing, and McLaren Hospice.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Janet, daughter Ann (Tom) Flynn of Grand Rapids, MI, son Chris (Britt) Harmon of Bloomington, IN, grandsons Connor (Shelby) Flynn of Belleveue, PA, Austin Flynn of Okemos, MI, granddaughters Taylor and Kendall Harmon of Bloomington, IN, brother William Harmon of Barstow, CA and sister Eleanor Marazita of Winston-Salem, NC , many nieces, nephews and special friends.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date, please check the website for further information. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to one of Neal’s favorite charities such as Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN (rileychildrens.org), Hospitality House at McLaren Flint G-3170 Beecher Road Flint, MI 48532 or Habitat for Humanity (Habitat.org) or a charity or your choice in his memory.

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Paul Mosher

July 17, 2019

I met Neal 46 years ago when I started at Meijer. I worked on many projects with Neal and he was a great electrician. I have many stories about Neal but my all time favorite story is when he became supervisor and the first time I ever went to his office I notice he didn't have anything on his desk. I asked him why he didn't have any pictures ,paper or even a phone. He replied ,Paul you never know when their going to ask you to leave. He was a great guy and I was lucky to have known him. I know his family was everything to him. Sorry for your loss.

william Seck

July 15, 2019

The salt of the earth for the people of Haslett. A good man who always listened to others. I had the privilege to know him through his connection to the Haslett Schools and will miss him as he circled the lake often stopping for a quick chat. My condolences to the family.

Tom Eastwood

July 15, 2019

On behalf of the officers, staff and members of IBEW Local Union #665 we offer our deepest condolences. We will miss our friend and brother.

Jacqueline Babcock

July 10, 2019

Janet, Phil and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family. Phil and Jacqie Babcock

Susan Cady

July 10, 2019

Janet,

Jack and I are so sorry for your loss. We certainly know how you feel and what you are going through.
We will be glad to help you in any way we can if you let us know what we can do.
Be gentle with yourself and take all the time you need to begin to heal.

Love,
Jack and Susan

Tim and Wentz

July 9, 2019

Sad to lose a friend and family member. Neil was always nice and asked about my work and the family. He and the family always attended the Hart Family reunions. May he rest in peace as he will be sorely missed. Prayers are given. Memories will always go on and on.

Candice Milan

July 9, 2019

i will miss you so much, Uncle Neal. Your loss is a shock and you've passed on too soon. I will always treasure all the visits you and Aunt Janet made to our home in Lansing many a weekend in my early years and the wonderful moments spent playing with Ann and Chris because of it. I also will hold dear the memory of how special it was to hear you laugh and your quiet charm. I am so sorry for your loss, Aunt Janet, Ann and Chris (and your families).

Bill and Sandy Drake

July 9, 2019

The notice of his passing is a fitting tribute to MR. Neal Harmon. He was - and always will be - the very heart and soul of our neighborhood. His fingerprints are on projects he did in most of our homes over the years, and his memory will remain in our hearts for years to come.
From back in the glory days when The Smoking Lamp Society gathered at "Art's House", to now when Neal and Art are both gone, "The Smoking Lamp Is No Longer Lit."
Love,
Bill, Sandy, And The Wilshire Neighbors

Allison Stoutland

July 9, 2019

I met Neil’s daughter Ann about 20 years ago and eventually met him and his wife at a family gathering. I thought he was so handsome and I even had a crush on him! It’s okay, I told his wife Janet and she approved!
Sending my genuine love to your whole family at this sad and difficult time. Love, Allison

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY