Lewis Carlton Harter

Lewis Carlton Harter

Bellville, Richland County, Ohio, USA
Death 11 Jun 2005 (aged 94)
Bellville, Richland County, Ohio, USA
Burial Bellville, Richland County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 60210049 · View Source
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"Quite the Local Historian"

BELLVILLE: LEWIS C. HARTER, 94, of Bell Street, Bellville, died Saturday morning June 11, 2005 in Country Meadow Care Center, Bellville, following a short illness, at the conclusion of a long and fulfilling life.

He was born January 25, 1911 in Bellville to Earl and Orpha (Shaffer) Harter, was graduated from Bellville High School in 1929, and remained a lifelong resident.

From 1926 to 1936, Lewis' first job was with Stoodt's Grocery in Bellville, where he delivered groceries to the elderly in a Huckster Wagon. From 1936 to 1942 he worked with Widder's Grocery in Mansfield.

During WWII, he served with the US Army's HQ Company 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry, with service in Normandy and Central Europe. Lewis was decorated with three bronze stars and the Purple Heart.

Following the war, Lewis worked at the Shelby Air Depot, and then 23 years as an assembler at Westinghouse, retiring in 1971. Following his retirement, he operated his own television and radio repair business.

Lewis was a member of Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion, the Bellville-Jefferson Township Historical Society, and served as a Nightwatch for the Bellville Bike Trail Depot.

Remembered as a "Jack-of-all-Trades", from his home workshop, Lewis could fix anything from toasters to televisions to automobiles, and was especially helpful to Bellville's elder community.

Along with his wife, he had visited each of Ohio's 88 county courthouses, but preferred to be in Bellville come nightfall. Save the war years, or hospital visits, Lewis was in his own bed every night of his life, except one: when abducted for a granddaughters wedding.

Quite the local historian, Lewis' memory of early Bellville years was second only to his photograph and postcard collection of the village's early days.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years Faye M. (Tarris) Harter; a son and daughter-in-law Larry and Joan Harter of Lexington; a daughter and son-in-law Charlotte and Paul Brown of Bellville; a son-in-law Monroe Blackburn of Mount Vernon; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law Mattie Harter of Ashland.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Marleen Blackburn on May 14, 2004; as well as by a brother Robert Harter and a half-brother Douglas Wentz.

The family will receive friends Saturday, June 18, 2005 from Noon until 2 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow in Bellville Cemetery. The Rev. Ken Kinley will officiate, assisted by Bellville Mayor Carolynn Studenmund. Military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post #535.

Memorial contributions to the Bellville-Jefferson Township Historical Society or the Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Created by: Judy Farst
  • Added: 16 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60210049
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lewis Carlton Harter (25 Jan 1911–11 Jun 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60210049, citing Bellville Cemetery, Bellville, Richland County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Judy Farst (contributor 47238119) .