Hart, Harold

Written by David Green.

Harold William Hart, 90, of Reston, Va., died Aug. 30, 2011, from a form of head and neck cancer. 

He was born Aug.14, 1921, in Detroit, Mich., and was raised in Morenci, Mich., the son of Harold and Caroline (Heck) Hart, who had 11 children. On March 28, 1952, in Germany, Harold married Rosa Eisele, who preceded him in death on April 2, 2002, shortly after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Harold served his country in the U.S. Army during the end of, and in the aftermath of, World War II. He was stationed in Germany from 1948 thru the early 1950s, primarily as a highway patrol officer. 

Upon returning to the U.S., Harold and Rosa settled in Roseville, Mich., then lived  in St. Clair Shores. In 1953, Harold graduated from the Wolverine School of Trades as an automobile mechanic and worked for J.L. Hudson Department Stores as an auto and truck mechanic for 25 years, before retiring. During this time, he was also enlisted in the Army Reserves for nearly 20 years and became a Master Sergeant.

In October 2009, he took up permanent residence with his eldest son, Robert.

Survivors include two sons, Robert (and Joann) Hart of Reston, Va., and Ralph (and Amy) Hart of Boulder, Col.; one sister, Donelda (and Harold) Potts of Prattville, Mich.; and two grandchildren, Samantha and Lindsay.

Harold will be remembered as an open-hearted and kind soul. One person summed it up when she extended a greeting for his 90th birthday by saying, “I remember your love of life and your spunky spirit. But most of all I remember that twinkle in your eye.”

Harold wished to be cremated with no funeral service. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date in Morenci.

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