Lee Harker, 53

Lee Harker, age 53, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, March 9, 2009, at his home.

He was born Oct. 5, 1955, in Sturgis, Mich., a son to Max and Jacqueline (Carpenter) Harker.

Lee was a life long resident of Sturgis and graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1973.

On July 31, 1976, he married Cheryl Wallick in Sturgis.

Lee owned and operated with his brother Mark, Northern Cashway Lumber Company in Howe, Ind. Nearly all of Lee’s working life was at the lumber company. He had also been involved in the construction business.

He was a true outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing and kayaking. Lee was a Life member of the B.P.O.Elks #1381 and also held memberships in Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association and the Mighty Layout Boys (a waterfowl organization). Lee had many interests and involvements but what he cherished most in his life was his two grandsons, Blake and Brady.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Cheryl; one daughter, Bridget (Bud) Hickman of Sturgis; one son, Max (Aya) Harker of Kalamazoo; three grandchildren, Blake, Brady and Hope Hickman; mother, Jacqueline Harker of Sturgis; two sisters, Karen Frutig of Livonia and Sherry (Ken) Link of Sturgis; one brother, Mark (Beverly) Harker of Bronson and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

His father and infant brother, Craig Harker, preceded him in death.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating the life of Lee Harker will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sturgis Wesleyan Church, 907 N. Nottawa St., Sturgis. The Rev. Canon Meredith Hunt will officiate.

The Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis is entrusted with the arrangements.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Lee’s memory consider Ducks Unlimited, Inc., One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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