Ron G. Harter
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February 25, 1950 ~ May 31, 2016

Ron G. Harter, 66, a lifelong resident of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016. He was born on February 25, 1950 to Harold and Delores (Larson) Harter. He graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1968.

After graduating from Eastern Washington University in 1972, Ron married Sharie (Burns). They married on July 22, 1972 and have enjoyed 44 years of marriage.

Ron retired from Freightliner Corp. in Portland, OR, in 2004, after 32 years of service. After retirement, he enjoyed working on the grounds crew at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland, WA.

Ron enjoyed participating and all sports. He loved hiking, playing golf, and fishing. He enjoyed many trips to their place at Lake Cushman for kayaking, clamming, oysters, camp fires, and sunsets with Sharie. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his two precious grandchildren.

Ron was happiest when surrounded by his family. He was a good man who made a difference in the lives of others. Ron is survived by his wife, Sharie; daughter, Lindsey Klein (Patrick). Papa Ron adored his 2 grandchildren, Kennedy and Harrison. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne Anderson (Marty) and countless other family members and friends who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 12th, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr., Vancouver, WA 98662.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane Society.

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Published in The Columbian on Jun. 8, 2016.
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June 15, 2016
Dear Sheri, Lindsey, and family:
We are so sorry for your loss. Ron was regarded as a highly respected and much loved member of the Vancouver community. May you find comfort in your memories.
Sincerely, Marcia and Gary Hobbs
June 13, 2016
Our condolences to Sharie, the Harder family and all of Ron's friends. We are sure he is now in great place.

Gary and Janet Van Allen
June 12, 2016
Ron's memorial service is in a few hours. It is still hard to believe this happy, loving man, we called friend is no longer with us. He will truly be missed by his family and his extended family. Kaye
June 12, 2016
We didn't know Ron very well, but what we knew was that he was a happy, kind man who loved his wife and family so much. We know he will be greatly missed.
Tony and Leanne Crouchley
June 11, 2016
To Sharie and family,
Just saw Ron at a fellow workers retirement. He and I retired the same year. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a friend and an Insporation. One of those people that always seemed genuinely happy. I know that he will be missed.
Take care,
Jeff Seaman
June 11, 2016
Ron was a very special person. He will be missed.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dick and Mary Ann
Dick and Mary Ann Newel1
June 11, 2016
great guy, will be missed by many, including me.
larry adams
June 11, 2016
So sorry to hear of the sudden death of Ron. I remember him as a dedicated, humble and loving family man. May you and the family find strength in the many memories you shared. Blessings to you all.
Barb Crowley
June 11, 2016
Sharie, I'm so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Deb Thoreson
June 10, 2016
I remember Ron from Lewis Jr Hi and Bay. He was a very nice person and a really good athlete. I am very sorry for your loss.
Debbie Wright Packer
June 10, 2016
I remember Ron from Lewis Jr. Hi and Bay. I remember him as a very nice person and a great athlete. I am so sorry for your loss. Debbie Wright Packer
Debbie Packer
June 10, 2016
My condolences to the Ron Harter family. May God Bless You at this time of sorrow. June (Lucas) Perry
June Perry
June 10, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 10, 2016
Just wanted to send you my condolences. I only met Ron a few times through the years that I've known you, but he seemed like a very nice guy and from what everyone has written who new him that was the case. I know you have a loving family and that will be a great comfort to you. My heart goes out to you Sharie. With heartfelt sympathy,
Debbie Stewart
June 10, 2016
June 9, 2016
Ron will be dearly missed. I am so sorry for his family's loss. Charlyne Clark
June 9, 2016
We are all so sorry for the loss of ron....
Jeff/phyllis Hughes
June 9, 2016
We have lost a very good man and outstanding friend. Ron went to school with my brother and remained a friend until Ed passed away. Ron always had a smile and a kind word. He will be missed! Our prayers are for his family.
Duane Burckhard
June 9, 2016
What a huge hole is left in this passing. Ron will truly missed by so many. In heartfelt sympathy, Chris & Nancy Myers
June 8, 2016
P.I.P. Ron. It was great having you as part of our family. You were a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. You are missed greatly.
Terry Klein
June 8, 2016
So sorry to hear of Ron's passing, I went to school with Ron, back in 2nd grade, junior high & high school. He always was such a great guy & as I read others signing guest book he continued to be such a great person. My prayers for his family & close friends!
Dotty Maul/Hoesly
June 8, 2016
My thoughts & prayers are with you, so hard to believe. Farewell, Ron. Helen (Reiberg)Shade
Helen Shade
June 8, 2016
Cathie Psaros
June 8, 2016
As part of the 1968 Hudson's Bay Class, Ron was a great, great guy! Blessings and thoughts are with his family! ~~
John and Kathy Barlow
June 8, 2016
Mom (Sue Henry) just shared with us that she had seen Ron's obituary. Our hearts are heavy and our prayers are with you. Much love to you! Annie
Annie Granvall
June 8, 2016
Rest in piece Ron, you'll live on with me tell we meet up again
Tim Remington
June 8, 2016
Sharie & family...There just aren't words to express my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Ron was so special to so many including the people he worked with for so many years. He loved you all so very much. He will be missed greatly by all of us.
Dorothy Reiter
June 8, 2016


I was looking for my own Dad's obituary and with absolute shock found Ron's!

I am so, so very sorry. If I'd known I would have gone to his service.

Please know you and Lindsey are in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful man, Ron was. He'll be strengthening you from heaven now and you'll feel his love always, because love never dies.

Much love,

Sue Henry
June 8, 2016
I along with everyone, am in such shock and disbelief. I extend my sincere sorrow for the family and Sharie. I went to Hudson's Bay with Ron, only after I knew him as the son of my Aunt and Uncle's (MaryAnn & Arthur)best friends, Dutch & Dolly, when we were young kids. God bless and keep him.
Cheryl Dreyer
June 8, 2016
Sharie, I am so sorry not just for your loss but the pain you are going through. I know it's rough but lean on the memories and love you two shared all these years. Find comfort in that Ron is wrapped in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. I Love You
Dianna Bronkhorst
June 8, 2016
Ron's passing was a shock and still is. We were lucky in our son Patrick marrying Lindsey and having Ron as a part of our family. Such a wonderful man!! We will miss him greatly and he will live in our hearts forever.
Gayle Klein
June 8, 2016
Ron - rest in peace, knowing you've left a fabulous legacy as a husband, parent and friend.
Ken St. Louis
June 8, 2016
Joe and I were so sad to hear of Ron's sudden passing. He was such a fun person. Always full of love for Shari and his family.
Linda Marvin
June 8, 2016
We will miss you,Ron!!
Barbara Keller
June 8, 2016
Sharie..we are so very sorry for your loss. I can remember back in 1968... seeing you two together and seeing you two years later and you still had that look of LOVE for each other such LOVE..I will miss my little talks Ron and I had when we would see each other..
June 8, 2016
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