Lester R. Harter

Born: Tue., Nov. 27, 1934
Died: Sun., Feb. 9, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 14, 2020
Location: Weicht Funeral Home

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 15, 2020
Location: Angola United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Feb. 15, 2020
Location: Angola United Methodist Church

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Lester R. Harter, 85, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at his home in Orland, Indiana.

He was born on November 27, 1934 in Fremont, Indiana to Otis L. and Rose (Sevits) Harter.  He married Patricia L. Pryer on October 25, 1953.

Lester was a Regional Manager for Sohigro Inc. and Terra International.  He was also the owner of MPL Recycling.

He was a member of the Fishers United Methodist Church and also attended the Angola United Methodist Church.

Lester served on many boards in the community.  He enjoyed antiquing, singing and traveling with his wife.  Most of all he loved being the Patriarch of his family and spending time with them.  He also loved his little dog, Maddy.

Surviving are his loving wife of 66 years Patricia L. Harter of Orland; five sons, Jeffrey (Martha) Harter of Orland, Joe (Marla) Harter of Boomer, NC, James (Cindy) Harter of Grand Rapids, Ohio, Jay P. (Denise Kellaher) Harter of El Dorado Hills, CA and Jack Harter of Orland; daughter, Julie (Tom) Hudson of Ardmore, AL and sister, Beverly (Alan) Ross of Monterey, CA.  Also surviving are his 15 grandchildren, Peter, Timothy and Daniel Harter, Rachael Adams, Joshua Harter, Jennifer Garst, Jonah Harter, Monika and Raquel Harter, Ryan, Matt, Nick Harter , Amanda Smith and Alexandra and Andrew Hudson; and 9 great-grandchildren, Kea, Zaira, Eliah, Everlee, Josie, Brantley, Jameson, Findley and Clara.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lemoyne Harter and Robert Harter.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Angola United Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Terrell officiating.

Burial will be in Metz Cemetery, Steuben County, Indiana.

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM, Friday, February 14, 2020 at the Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, IN.  Also there will be an hour of visitation from 12 Noon – 1 PM, prior to the services at the church on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Memorials may be made to the Angola United Methodist Church.

Charitable donations may be made in Lester's memory to the following organization:

Angola United Methodist Church
220 W. Maumee Street, Angola, IN 46703

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Tom and Shirley Pryer
   Posted Tue February 11, 2020
Dear Pat and Loved Ones,

We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Lester was a wonderful man and we so much enjoyed the times we were able to spend with him. I remember one of our first trips to Florida when you were at your FL home. Lester drove us all around the area. I was so amazed how he knew so much about the Orlando.

We know he was loved so much by all of you! I am sure that love gave him more years to his life. His needs were definitely met. It is hard to lose him, but we know without a doubt he is with our Savior.

We feel bad we can not be with you on Saturday. This trip down to FL gets harder and harder for us to take. With all our love and sympathy, Tom and Shirley

Dixie Browning
   Posted Thu February 13, 2020

TRADITION AND SPLENDOR was sent by Dixie Blair Browning.

So sorry to learn of Lester's passing. He was such a special human being. Thinking of you, Pat, and your family and remembering what great friends we became during our Monticello days. Sending lots of love and prayers to your family, Dixie (Blair) and Bill Browning

Emma Vance
   Posted Fri February 14, 2020
Dear Friends,
Sending you all my prayers and love at this time of loss.
My memories of your special family and home are of course centered around two of the best mom and dad’s I was so blessed to know. The fun and love and warmth are forever in my heart.
I am so grateful to have run into Pat and Les last year. All the special memories came back in a hug. I will always treasure the feelings of what family is because of the Harter home. Even when the kids tuned their bird loose on me while Pat and Les were visiting Joe at college!
Miss you all . Wish I could be there my friends. Love you forever.
Peaceful rest dear Mr Harter.

Randall Mulholland
   Posted Fri February 14, 2020
Pat and family,
Cheryl and I were so sorry to hear Lester had passed. He always treated me so nicely and I really liked spending time at your home over the years. Please tell the family that we are thinking of them.

Roslyn Jo Albersmeyer
   Posted Sun February 16, 2020
Dear Pat & Families; So sorry to learn of Lester's passing. Our Sympathy is with all of you. Sorry I could not make it to the funeral. Have been sick. As I remember you and Lester, I also remember Otis & Rose. My parents would go and see Otis & Rose, of course my sister and myself would be with them most of the time. My sister and myself will keep all of you in our Prayers. Not sure if you know who I'm so will explain; I'm Byrle & Joyce Greenamyer youngest Daughter (Roslyn) my sister is Beverly. Part of the Harter reunions. Again our best to all as you walk this road. The Lord be with all of you.----Roslyn Albersmeyer & Beverly Schilz

Nicholas Ray Wurster
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
We go way back to Spencerville, Ohio down on 215 S.Main Street. Lived across the street from you. Tamara and I would come over and play with Jeff, Joe and James. Fond memories of you all and Rose who would create new dresses for my mother. Mom went home in Feb.2011 and Dad in June, 2017 to be with our Lord. Always missed you when you moved to Paulding. Nothing stays the same, but my love for you all endures the passing of time. I have been in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area since 1980. Retired but still church organist at Church on the Hill in Boca Raton, Fl. 55 years I've been playing now. Wow. It's going fast. Tell Jeff I said Hi and if I don't see you in this life I will look you up in Heaven. Lester was a good man and neighbor. You couldn't ask for better friends. Wish I could have been there. Stay strong. Absent of the body, present with our Lord. May you continue to have Gods peace always. Love always, Nick