Ralph Harker

November 4, 1921 - August 25, 2020
Ralph Harker

Ralph Joseph Harker, 98, of East Liverpool, OH, passed away on August 25, 2020 at the Calcutta Health Care Center.

Ralph was born on November 4, 1921 in McKeesport, PA the son of the late Ralph Guy Harker and Mary Shank Hartenbach.

Ralph served in the US Navy during WWII.  He worked at Howard Arb Motors, National Drawn Steel and retired from the Sammis Plant.

He leaves behind his wife of 80 years, Ina Mae Christy Harker, whom he married on May 25, 1940.  Also left to cherish his memory are three daughters: Doris Owen, East Liverpool, Irene (Gerald) Reed, Wellsville, and Christy Huffman, Salem; and his son, Ralph (Brenda) Harker of Virginia.  He also leaves behind 26 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great grandchildren.  Also surviving is his brother, Howard Harker.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by: his daughters, Mary Lou McClure and Judy Harker, and his son, Edward Harker; four sisters: Helen White, Edith McClelland, Marsala Kennedy, and Jean Owens; two brothers, Jacob Geompol and James Harker; and step father, Mark Hartenbauch.

In compliance with Ohio state regulations and in connection to the COVID-19 public health crisis, visitation with proper social distancing will be held on Friday, August 28th from 4PM-6PM with the funeral following at 6PM at the Care Funeral and Cremation Specialists, Martin Chapel in Calcutta (the former Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Home)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Calcutta Healthcare Activity Center located at: 48444 Bell School Road, East Liverpool, OH  43920.  The family would also like to thank the staff of Calcutta Health Care Center for their care and compassion during Ralph’s time with them.  Your jobs are not easy, but you are so very appreciated.


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  • August 27, 2020
    Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum says:
    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Ralph Joseph Harker, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Navy Veteran, Ralph Joseph Harker, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †