Richard W. Harley Sr., of Hebron, IN, age 70, lost his battle with cancer on
Saturday, September 19, 2009.
He was born on March 19, 1939 in Lakewood, Ohio, the son of Thomas O. and
Marian (Beardsley) Harley, both of whom preceded him in death.
A loving husband and caring father, Richard is survived by his wife of 46
years, Jacqualynn (Wilk); five children: Cheryl (Lewis) Roberts of Fort
Wayne, Patricia (Paul) Neely of Chesterton, Richard (Melissa) of Portage,
Cynthia of Hebron, and Timothy of California; one brother Thomas E. Harley
of Illinois and eight grandchildren.
He is preceded in death also by a brother, Robert.
He was a graduate of Port Clinton High School and served in the Army from
1958 to 1961. While working for General Telephone, Rich moved to Gary, where
he met and married Jackie. The family later moved to Hebron, where Richard
lived for 35 years. He was employed by US Steel for nearly 40 years, working
as a crane man and retired in 2003. Richard was a member of St. Helenís
Catholic Church in Hebron and was a frequent visitor to St. Patrickís
Catholic Church in Chesterton.
Over the years, Richard enjoyed roller skating, bowling, bicycling, wood
working, and science fiction books and movies but his most cherished hobby
was model railroading. During his illness, Richard took part in an IU
Medical Center cancer study so as to help others suffering from pancreatic
Funeral prayers will be said Thursday, September 24 at 9:15 a.m. at Geisen
Funeral Home, 624 N. Main St., Hebron, followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. at St.
Helen Catholic Church, 302 N. Madison St., Hebron, with Fr. Derrick Dudash
officiating. Cremation will follow.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Geisen Funeral
Home in Hebron, on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.
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