Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 16, 2014

Harry E. Garthe

GLEN ARBOR — Harry Ellsworth Garthe, 91, of Glen Arbor, passed away on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Yorkshire Manor Assisted Living.

Harry was born on Aug. 17, 1922, in Northport, the son of Esten and Gunhild (Einerson) Garthe. On Dec. 14, 1944, in Leland, he married Fern L. Grosvenor, who preceded him in death on Sept. 22, 1965. On Nov. 19, 1966, also in Leland, he married Betty B. Schmidt Prause, who preceded him in death on Feb. 29, 2012.

Harry graduated from Northport Consolidated High School in 1941. At the age of 20, Harry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and became a Technical Sergeant, flying on 52 missions over France and Germany. He later worked at Parsons Corp., Cone Drive Gear and later as a carpenter.

Harry is survived by his children, Sally S. (Jeff) Butwell, Kathleen A. Ludwig, Christine “Kiki” L. (Scott) Anderson, Peter J. (Donna) Garthe, and Margaret “Peggy” J. Garthe; step-children, Eugene, William (Kathie), Gerald (Sandra) and Charles Prause; grandchildren, Mark Butwell, Kathryn Goodman, Kristin Romel, Edward Ludwig, Jeremy Anderson, Melissa Steinhauer, Todd Garthe, and Jennifer Williams; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his wives, Harry was preceded in death by his siblings, Betty Carlson, Esther Guptill, Steiner Garthe, Bernice Peters, Norvold, Inga, and Randolph Garthe.

A memorial service will be held on May 17 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Glen Arbor. Burial will be at Beechwood Cemetery in Leland.

Memorials may be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 353, Glen Arbor, MI 49636 and/or to a charity of one’s choice.

Please share memories with Harry’s family at their online guestbook at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.



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