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Fern W. Harmon, 79, of Middleburg, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born in Belleville on September 8, 1943 to the late L. Albert “Abi” and Ruby IF (smoker) Harmon.

He is survived by: his children Melinda J. Knepp and husband Jack von McClure; and Michael L. Harmon and wife Lisa of Findley, Ohio; five grandchildren, Nicholas Will of McClure; Christopher Will and wife Samantha; Brady Harmon, Ryan Harmon and Reed Harmon, all from Findley; Brothers and sisters, Thomas Harmon and wife Lois of Elgim, SC; Jeanne Lerch and husband Harold von Middleburg. He was preceded in death in 1952 by a little sister, Joanne Harmon, a sister, Brenda Freed, and a brother-in-law, Jack Freed.

He graduated from Kishacoquillas High School in 1961, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University at Bloomington and his Master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He retired from the US Army in 1989 as a lieutenant colonel with 25 years of service. During the Vietnam War he served as a helicopter pilot. His most recent position was at PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency) where he served as Director of Central PA and retired in 2011.

He enjoyed weaving chairs and doing all kinds of woodworking projects, especially wooden chairs. He also enjoyed researching and restoring St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Allensville, as well as researching the genealogy and history of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

He loved spending time at his camp in Allensville.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Allensville, a member of the Chic-A-Dee Rod and Gun Club, and a member of the Military Officers Association.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.

If friends wish, memorials can be made at: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 163, Allensville, PA 17002.

Arrangements are overseen by Henderson Funeral Home, Belleville. Online condolences may be offered at www.hendersonfuneralhomes.net.

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