John F. Harman, 91, of Hanover, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Miriam E. (Anthony) Harman, who died on January 3, 2020. Born July 23, 1931 in Hanover, he was the son of the late George W. Harman and Clara A. (Sipe) Harman.
John was a 1949 graduate of New Oxford High School. He was a Korean War Veteran who served his country proudly as a sergeant first class in the United States Army. He received medals for Good Conduct, National Defense Service, United Nations Service, Army Commendation, The Meritorious Unit Medal and the Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars. He also served as an Honor Guard with the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard.
John was a salesman for Szwoyer Beverage for 38 years. He then worked part time for Penn-Mar Castings for 24 years, retiring at the age of 88. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in McSherrystown. He was a life member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Hanover Fire Co No. 1, American Legion Post 14, Hanover VFW, Hanover Eagles, Hanover Home, McSherrystown Home, McSherrystown Moose, New Oxford Social Club and life member and past president of the Hanover Republican Club. In his younger years, John enjoyed playing golf, bus trips, playing the ponies, and taking family vacations to Ocean City. Later in life, John enjoyed gardening, game shows, word find puzzles, and going to the Republican Club to play the jars. Most of all he enjoyed time spent with his family.
He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Harman and wife, Gwen, of Abbottstown, grandchildren Amber Buchkoski and husband, Tom, of Easton, MD, Travis Harman and wife, Brandy, of New Oxford, and Chad Shue and wife, Jess, of Hanover, 10 great grandchildren and a brother George W. Harman and wife, Joann of California. He was predeceased by two daughters, Donna L. Shue, and Kimberly A. Harman, a brother Charles L. Harman, and two sisters, Paulene M. Chronister, and Elsie M. Zinn.
A service to celebrate the life of John will be held on Monday, March 20, 2023, at 7:00pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 100 E Water St., Abbottstown, with Rev. Shawn Berkebile officiating. Burial will be on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at 10 AM at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 725 Baltimore St, Hanover, with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. A viewing will be held at the church on Monday from 5:30pm until the time of the service. Feiser Funeral Home, at 302 Lincolnway West, New Oxford is in charge of arrangements. Memories may be shared at www.feiserfuneralhome.com.
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