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Louis Harnish

June 15, 1927 ~ March 21, 2020 (age 92)


Louis A. Harnish, age 92, of Wayland, MI passed away on March 21, 2020 surrounded by family. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence (Pattok); parents Joseph and Adeline Harnish; stepdaughter, Diane King; sister, Marian Schumaker; and brother, Arthur Harnish.

Louis will be deeply missed by his wife, Annabelle; children Christine (Boyd) Navis, Larry (Lisa) Harnish, Steve (Jenett) Harnish, Mary Harnish, and Jane (Dan Taylor) Post; stepchildren Brenda (Bub) Brainard, Jim (Karen) Bala, and Ron (Tina) Bala; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters Lucille Arndt and Norene Miklusicak; many nieces and nephews, and special friend, Dawn.

Louis, a 1945 Wayland High School graduate, was employed at Kelvinator for over 40 years. He also served as Dorr Township building inspector for several years. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4036 and belonged to the St. Stanislaus Men’s Society. His many interests included dancing, playing cards, and coin collecting. He enjoyed flea markets, auctions, and building playhouses and other small structures. He had an exceptional memory and a wit that loved stumping people with puzzles and riddles. The stories and jokes he told left everyone with a chuckle and a smile on their face.

A private service will be held at St. Stanislaus Church, Dorr, MI, where he was a lifelong member. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Louis may be made to Faith Hospice or St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Interment is at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery.

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