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Louis Harig

February 21, 1933 ~ June 1, 2017 (age 84)

Harig, Louis (Lou), of Alto, Michigan, died peacefully in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 1, 2017 at the age of 84 after a prolonged illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maynard and Edna (Pitsch) Harig, also of Alto, Michigan.

Lou was born and raised in Alto, Michigan. He proudly served in the United States Navy after he attended Caledonia High School (Caledonia, MI). After his service in the armed forces he returned home to marry his sweetheart, Gail (Kilmer) Harig. Together they raised 6 children.

Lou is survived by his wife Gail (of 59 years). Siblings: Jean & Sam Bornstein (Novi, MI), Russell & Mary Harig (Alto, MI) and Joyce & Bill Dewey (Jenison, MI).  Children: Craig Harig (Woodland, MI), Scot & Sue Harig (Grand Rapids, MI), Doug & Tam Harig (Wyoming, MI), Curt Harig (Riverview, FL), Brenda & Kurt Wolf (Alto, MI), and Lisa O’Connor (Alto, MI). Grandchildren: Scot Harig, Kevin Harig, Joshua Harig, Timothy Hall, Blake Wolf, Jacob Harig, Destinee Wolf, Chelsey Lovett, Ravin & Shelby Brace, Tyler Harig, Holly & Cameron Moody, Zachary Harig, Alexi Wolf, Courtney Harig, Katie Harig, Kenady O’Connor and Casey O’Connor. Great-Grandchildren: Ethan Harig, Madelyn Hall, Sophia Hall, Ellie Brecheisen and Gabriel Moody.

After a long career when most would gladly retire, he began farming. Lou successfully farmed up until the day before his stroke in 2014. He enjoyed traveling with Gail and visiting casinos. He was known for his outstanding mechanical skills and often went out his way to help others in need, no matter what time of day or the weather. You would often find him working out in the elements on a piece of equipment, a cigar in the crook of his mouth with his loyal canine companion Bo on the family homestead farm. He was known for his sarcastic wit, love of a good story or joke and his unlimited devotion to the love of his life, Gail, and their family. He will sadly be missed by all that knew and loved him and they will honor him by living their lives fully in his memory. 

Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 11 am at Holy Family Catholic Church 9669 Kraft Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316.  The family will meet friends and relatives from 9-11 am prior to the Mass.



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