Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 26, 2013

Richard D. Harter Died June 23, 2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — NORTHPORT — Richard Darwin Harter, 54, of Northport, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at his home. Richard was born on March 7, 1959, in Northport, the son of Jack K. and Violet M. (Chippewa) Harter.

Rick loved gardening and was constantly tending to his yard or to his cars, always polishing them to make them look just right. He enjoyed playing Bingo, was a member of the Grand Traverse Band and was a supervisor at the casino.

Most of all, Rick loved his girlfriend and their son. He was a caring and doting father who cherished time with his son.

Rick is survived by his girlfriend, Monica Diaz; son, Jacob Harter; siblings, Denver Harter, Joan Cotter, Fredrick (Jeanne) Harter, Jack Harter Jr. and James (Diane) Harter; and many nieces and nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joseph and Gerald; and a sister, Lulubelle Scott.

Visitation will take place today, June 26, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, Peshawbestown. The Rev. Andy Buvala will serve as celebrant.

Memorials may be directed to the family for Jacob’s education, 12052 E. Craker Road, Northport, MI 49670.

Please share memories with Rick’s family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.