DUE TO ILLNESS, VISITATION AND SERVICES FOR DAVID HARTING ARE POSTPONED UNTIL TUESDAY AT LISTED TIMES.
David Harting, 85. of Petersburg, Indiana, passed away December 24, 2021, after a short stay at Amber Manor.
He was born November 22, 1936, in Freelandville, IN to Walter and Edna (Carman) Harting.
He was raised in Freelandville. Both of his parents had large families and that was an important part of his life. As a boy, he mowed the local cemetery and worked at a service station. He also helped his father run a route picking up cream cans from area dairy farms. They also delivered coal to people’s homes for heating in the winter. He attended the EUB church and also played basketball.
After graduation from Freelandville High School in 1954, he worked for RCA in Bloomington, IN, building some of the very first color televisions. During that time, he also drove trucks over the road with his future father-in-law and future brother-in-law and several friends. This experience was the start of a life-long love of traveling.
In 1957, he started working at Clifty Creek power plant in Madison, IN. After several years there, he moved to Evansville and worked at the Alcoa Warrick power plant. In 1969, he moved to Petersburg as part of the group that started up the Hoosier Energy plant in Petersburg. He was a control room operator there until his retirement in 1997. In his retirement, he was a volunteer at Somebody’s Place along with others from the First Christian Church in Petersburg where he attended services.
On April 26, 1958, he married Mary Estabrook, they were married until her death in November of 2003. Together, they traveled to 48 states as well as most of the provinces of Canada and trips to Mexico. They enjoyed visiting out of the way places. One of his favorite comments was “I wonder if anyone from Petersburg has ever been here before”?
He enjoyed history, particularly WW2 and the Civil War. His travels often involved museums and historic sights. He always followed world events and read about many topics. He enjoyed auto racing, NASCAR and the Indianapolis 500 in particular. He also enjoyed watching basketball and old TV shows.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents and a sister Jeanette Thomas of Louisville, Ky.
He is survived by his son Jeff (Angie) Harting and of Petersburg, a grandson Braxton (Natalie)Harting and their sons Miles and Lucas of Jasper, IN and a granddaughter Carly (Ryan) McCain and their sons Carter, Caleb and Crosby of Ireland, IN. He is also survived by his sister Mary Lou Stang of Lacrosse, KS and 25 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at Harris Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Walnut Hills Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Tuesday at the funeral home from Noon until service time.
Harris Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Online condolences may be made at odharrisfuneralhome.com
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