REV. GEORGE WILLIAM HARMON

Rev. George William Harmon of Caro, age 98, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020, at the Tuscola County Medical Care Community in Caro. George was born August 9, 1921, in Three Rivers, the son of the late George Henry and Vera (Boyer) Harmon. He was united in marriage with the former Doris May Willemin on January 18, 1942, and she preceded him in death in 1998. George was a factory worker, farmer and self-employed in the sand, gravel and excavating business until 1951 when he enrolled as a student at the Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music (now Cornerstone University); he graduated in 1954. He moved to Rockford where he was hired by Blakeslee Plumbing and Heating and learned the plumbing and heating trade; a trade that he practiced throughout his working career. George also pastored a small rural church on weekends in Bitely. In 1959, he accepted a call to be the pastor at Novesta Baptist Church near Deford. Later, with Andy Tallman, he started the Calvary Bible Church in Caro. For a number of years, he also sold Shaklee with his wife. George had a particular love for children’s Christian camps and dedicated his plumbing and heating skills to help in the building of Camp Barakel in Fairview. He later served on the board and helped with the building of CoBeAc Camp in Prudenville.
George is survived by two children: Patricia and Ernest Teller and George Robert and Rosa Harmon; five grandchildren: Nate and Julie Teller, Sabrina and Scott French, Varick and Tricia Teller, Kristi and Ross Bradbury, and Chad and Michele Harmon; eight great-grandchildren: Abby, Katie, Juliana, Ava, Teddy, Bennett, Halley and Emma; special friend, Beulah Green; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, George was preceded in death by all of his siblings: Grace, Helen, Art, Jean and Howard.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020, at the Caro First Baptist Church with Pastor Marc Herron officiating. Burial will follow at a later time at the Elkland Township Cemetery in Cass City. The family was present to receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Caro First Baptist Church for children’s camp scholarships or Wycliff Associates. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.

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