GeraldWilliam Harr joined his heavenly Father Saturday, March 11, 2017. Jerrywas born on July 4, 1933 in McCook, Nebraska. He attended Creighton and thengraduated Notre Dame in 1956. He was commissioned as an officer in the AirForce and started pilot training. After his discharge, he returned toNebraska to study business at University of Nebraska before returning toIndiana in 1960 after he married his wife Sonja.

Jerryworked at Delco Remy in Anderson, Indiana for 38 years on heavy dutycranking systems. As part of GM, he developed systems on cars, buses,trains and large equipment. He was a proud member of the EnJOYneers, asocial club that organized retirement parties, among otherthings. One, in particular, had a circus theme, so Jerrytook on the task of getting 10 lbs. of elephant dung for a gift.

Hisgreat loves were Notre Dame football, his wife and family, and thechurch, in that order. He also enjoyed jazz, a perfectly cookedsteak, a well-told joke, bridge and a Manhattan to end the day.

Jerryled by example to help others. He has volunteered at his churchregularly since childhood. He devoted extensive hours at St. Mary's School inAnderson, Indiana running the school's bus association, doing everything fromraising funds to managing bus operations. It was also important to him to checkin on neighbors and friends that were elderly or infirm. As he grew older andhis body weaker he appreciated the friends that watched over himand Sonja.

Heis survived by his wife Sonja Harr, his children Michael Harr (Rufie), AndrewHarr (Carmel), Tracy Barnes (Todd), Francine Burge (Peter), and Susan Johnson(Jason); and his grandchildren Emma and Katja Barnes, Esperanza and ArianaHarr, Margaret and Denis Harr and Jake Johnson.

AsJerry was most German and practical, his family requests in lieu offlowers that his spirit of kindness keep moving forward. Take time soon tohelp someone with a shoveled sidewalk, raked leaves or a simple phone call.Gifts can also be made to Jerry’s favorite charity Holy Family Shelter ( archindy.org ).

ARite of Christian Burial is planned for 11:00 am on Thursday, March 16,2017 at Saint Pius X, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis , with visitation starting at 10:00am until the time ofmass. Arrangements by Legacy Cremation& Funeral Services - Lawrence.

“Feed the hungry,and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness,and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”

Isaiah 58:10 NLT

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  1. I have especially fond memories of spending time with Sonja and the kids since we were both young mothers, had children the same ages and liked being together. Sonja was always good to show me how to do creative crafts while the kids got into trouble, er, I mean played together. George and I enjoyed being with Jerry and Sonja at Delco Remy dances (sponsored by EnJOYneers?), gatherings of friends and ND game gatherings. We visited them some years back at their new home in Indy – had a delightful time. Sonja made some delicious sweet potato fries and Jerry introduced George to a new scotch. Even though we didn’t see each other often in recent years; we’ll miss Jerry. May he rest in peace.
    George and Kitty

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