John J Harman

March 5, 1927June 29, 2018
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John J. Harman age 91, of Versailles passed away at 9:58 PM on Friday, June 29, 2018, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville. John was born March 5, 1927, in Versailles to the late John E. & Myrtle (Day) Harman. In addition to his parents, John was also preceded in death by his brothers, Carl E., Otis E. and William H. Harman; and sister, Lois Sigritz. John is survived by his wife of 68 years, Miriam R. (Keeler) Harman whom he married June 18, 1950; sons & daughters-in-law, John R. & Krista Harman of Versailles, Steven S. & Amy Harman of Yorkshire and Brent L. & Gayle Harman of Van Wert; grandchildren, Matthew & Brittany Harman, Nicholas Harman, Emily Harman, Steven M. & Rebecca Harman, Jessica & Emmanuel Turner, Andrew & Lauren Harman, Joel & Leslie Harman and Jenna & Curtis Wells; and great-grandchildren, Grayson Harman, Norah Harman, Lily Harman, Asa Harman, Eli Harman, Maya Turner, Remy Turner, Addison Wells, Caroline Wells, Jocelynn Wells, Oakley Harman and one expected. John served in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII. He retired in 1986 with 30 years of service from the Versailles Post Office where he was Post Master. John was a member of Living Waters Ministries in Versailles. John was a former member of Versailles Masonic Lodge #290 F & AM where he was a former Past Master and current member of Gettysburg Masonic Lodge #477 F & AM; 33rd Degree member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton; Antioch Shrine Masons of Dayton; Darke County Shrine Club in which he was a member of the Jeepsters unit and a former member of the Versailles Lions Club. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Dr. Kim Katterheinrich officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles with full military honors conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted by the Gettysburg Masonic Lodge Monday at 7:45 PM followed by the Scottish Rite Ring Service. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children 3229 Burnet Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229.


  • Visitation Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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James Kelch

July 3, 2018

Remembering fondly the rock your family was as I grew up in the UCC. From youth group to activities, to John replacing my Dad as Postmaster. Our families stories are intertwined and I'm grateful for having your Dad as an influence in my life. Karen joins me in offering you all our sympathy. - Jim and Karen Kelch

Teresa Borchers Kohlhepp

July 2, 2018

To Miriam and family. I am so sorry for your loss! John was from a special mold; one of the kindest men I have ever met. He had a way of making you feel valued and welcome every time you saw him. I am so happy that I had a chance to visit with him this past year. Our paths would frequently cross as he came to VHCC to be with Miriam. His loving smile will most surely be missed! Sending up prayers for all of you. God bless...

Comprehensive Health Network

July 2, 2018

Miriam, and the entire Harman family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers for the loss of such a kind soul.

Doris Aultman

July 2, 2018

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution thanks John for his service to America.

Janel Grillot

July 2, 2018

He will be missed. He was such a sweet kind soul who always greeted me in church. Your loss is heavens gain. I’m sure he’ll be watching over all of you .

Martha Spencer Beech

July 2, 2018

I am so very sorry about the loss of your loved one. I have known John and family since I was a little girl. We used to go to the same church. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏

Michael Kailus

July 1, 2018

So sorry for the loss of John on earth for the Harman family and for all you knew this wonderful man. I was a young boy when I first met him and have always thought of him as one of the kindest and cheerful men I have ever known. I rejoice that he is in heaven and that all who share his faith in Jesus will get to join him again for eternity. May the God of all comfort bring comfort to John's family and friends while we await that blessed reunion. My prayers are with you that as you mourn you will be comforted by the certainty of the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus.

Michael Brown

July 1, 2018

John was a very special person, a servant of God, a loving family man, a dear friend and a mentor to many. We will miss John and his love and wisdom. Peace be with him in his next journey. Michael Brown and Family

Carolyn Waymire

July 1, 2018

Our condolences to the family and friends of John. We consider ourselves friends. John was one of the nicest men we have ever known. Always a smile and pleasant greeting. God bless all of you, especially Miriam. What a long and blessed marriage. He is singing with the angels waving his flag proudly. Carolyn and Don