Harmon D. Strieter passed away on January 6. Born in Unionville, Michigan in August of 1927, he was the 9th of 11 children. He graduated from Unionville High School in June 1944 and joined the US Maritime Service. He attended boot camp and a 6-month course in Radio Technology and sailed as a 3rd Radio Officer on board a vessel in the Pacific Theater during WW2. He attended Michigan State College in 1947 through 1951 and received a BS in Electrical Engineering. He worked his way through college by sailing as a Radio Officer in the Merchant Marines or working in construction during the summer months as well as part time jobs during the school year. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1954 and was a Graduate Assistant at MSU during that time.
Harmon worked in the Lansing, Michigan area as an Audio Engineer and moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1958 to work as a Missile Guidance Engineer with General Electric and was the Guidance Engineer on the Mercury and Gemini manned spaced programs. After 20 years, the contract was terminated and in 1979, he returned to sea as a Radio Electronics Officer in the Merchant Marines. He retired in 2002 at the age of 75 after 23 years sailing on various vessels.
Since 1947 he was an avid amateur radio operator and served on the board of directors for Southeastern Division of the Amateur Radio Relay League for the period of 1969-1972.
He was a good neighbor and mowed 3 to 4 lawns until he gave it up at 91 ½. He liked to stay busy picking up yards or blowing off driveways in the neighborhood and was still pruning and climbing trees at 89 much to the dismay of his kids. He was big help to many of his neighbors after the hurricanes.
He was predeceased by his wife of 60 yrs Mildred M Strieter who passed away in January 2017. He leaves a daughter Judith K Luck, a son Jack E Strieter and grandchildren, Allen Luck, David Luck, Kayla Strieter and Ryan Strieter. You may sign Mr. Strieter’s guestbook at www.beckmanwilliamson.com
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