Harry Douglas McFarlane

August 18, 1929February 24, 2013

McFARLANE, Harry D., of Flushing Michigan died Sunday February 24, 2013 at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, MI, peacefully and surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Flint (746 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502) at 11:00 a.m., with Dr. John Musgrave officiating, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Memorial visitation will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home (1480 E. Hill Road Grand Blanc, MI 48439). Harry was born in Flint on August 18, 1929 to Gertrude (Lackie) and R. Murray McFarlane, he graduated in 1947from Flint Central High School, and served in the US Army 1951-1952 during the Korean War. He married Mary Grace Hauglie of Flint on June 27, 1959. After completing a Skilled Trades Apprenticeship at the General Motors Institute, Harry was employed at Fisher Body in Flint for 39 years, retiring as General Supervisor in 1988. Harry, an avid golfer, played in the GM Thursday night league at Genesee Hills Country Club for over 40 years. He achieved two holes-in-one during his long and happy retirement. He also enjoyed woodworking and playing Euchre at the Flushing Senior Center. Harry was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Flint, MI, serving as an usher and greeter for many years. He will always be remembered as a true gentleman who humbly showed kindness and generosity to anyone he encountered. Harry was preceded in death by his parents, sister Patricia, brother Harold, and sister Jean. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Grace, daughter Lisa of Birmingham MI, son Douglas and wife Sheri of Sault Ste. Marie MI, daughter Bethany Salter and husband James of Beverly Hills MI. The pride and joy of Poppie’s life were his four grandchildren, Jill and Jayne McFarlane of Suttons Bay, MI and Emma and John Salter of Beverly Hills MI. He is also survived by two Step-Grandsons, Jeffrey and Kevin, Sault Ste. Marie, his brother Eldon of Swartz Creek and sister Betty and brother-in-law John Westenbarger of Flint. He leaves behind 19 very special nieces, nephews and their families, and a special connection with the entire Salter family. His family extends very sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff of Davita Dialysis Center in Flushing, the ICU and CCU staff at Hurley Medical Center, Physician Assistants Patrick and Shawn, Dr. Syed Ahmed, Dr. Sayed Osama, Dr. Randall Schumacher, and Dr. Varkey Thomas for many years of loving care they gave to Harry. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Flint, MI or The Wegener's Granulomatosis Association International (Vasculitis Foundation). Share your condolences with the family on-line at


  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 28, 2013
  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2013
  • Memorial Visitation Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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March 5, 2013

Aunt Grace, cousins Lisa, Beth, Doug, spouses, & kids,
So sorry that I couldn't be there with you. I loved my Uncle Harry. When I describe him to others, I always say that he is/was a gem, and that he's one of my most favorite persons of anyone I've ever known. An inquisitve, smart, humble, kind, gentleman, who was always interested in others. He had a good life, and he made others' lives good. I'm one of many who will miss him. Love, Barb

March 4, 2013

I only knew Harry for a short time. But it was always fun having him as my partner at the Flushing Senior Center on tuesdays playing eucher. He was a good card player. God Bless you Harry. Terry Pattillo Flushing michigan.

Phil & JoEllen Oppenheiser

March 1, 2013

Mary Grace:
JoEllen and I were so very shocked and saddened to hear about your loss. I worked with Harry at Fisher Flint # 1 for over 35 years and he was one of the best friends at work. JoEllen snd I really enjoyed the Retirement Dinners in West Branch all those years. Please accept our condolences on you loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Herb Williams

March 1, 2013

I was deeply saddened to hear of Harry's passing. Harry and I worked together many years at Fisher Body, and played on the same golf league at Genesse Hills. Harry was a class act and I will miss his friendship and winning smile.

John Ferrell

February 28, 2013

I worked with Harry at Fisher Body #1 for many years. He was a fine man and I am very proud to have had the privilege of his friendship. My sincere sympathy to his family.

February 28, 2013

Dear Mary Grace & Family-Words cannot express the emptyness in my heart when I read the passing of our dear friend before you and Harry married. Harry & Boots are probably playing cribbage in heaven, at this moment. I am forever grateful for the memories you and Harry gave me.May God bless you and give you peace at this time. I love you. Joan-Laur-Cook

February 28, 2013

Harry and MG were such bright lights for us during our lives in Michigan. Harry's spirit will stay locked in our hearts forever! Although we are sad, we have such happy memories. Our sadness will be short-lived. We send our love to all of you...Joyce, Larry, Cam and Lizz

Alison Jenkins

February 28, 2013

We can't begin to express our sadness to you all. Harry was so much more than a friend, he was family. We are so grateful to have had time to share many, many wonderful memories and oh my...the stories! He was like a second dad to me, a golfing buddy and the best audience for a story or joke. Even now, I'm smiling just thinking about him as I imagine I always will. God Bless.
Rock, Alison and Hunter Jenkins and Jenny (Seattle, WA)

sharyn andrykovich-thompson

February 28, 2013

im so sorry for your loss. you are all in my thought and prayers.

February 28, 2013

Dear Mary Grace, Lisa and Mary Grace
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you
Hugs and take care.
Joan (Bloomfield Hills)