Randall W. "Si" Harkless, 90, of Bancroft Road, Centerville, Pa., died peacefully, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Meadville Medical Center in Meadville, Pa.
Mr. Harkless was born December 11, 1920, in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late Floyd Harkless and Freida Babbitt Harkless Heath.
As a young boy, Mr. Harkless moved to the Centerville area, where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1937. During World War II, Mr. Harkless served with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a radioman in the Pacific Theater.
He was a meat cutter by trade and over the years had worked at Macko Meats, Felver’s Grocery and Stockton Meats, all in the Corry area, and Mickle’s Market in Waterford. Mr. Harkless retired at the age of 62 but continued to work part time during deer season until he was in his 80s.
Mr. Harkless was a disabled veteran and a member of the John Krol VFW Post and American Legion Post 237, both in Union City. Earlier in his life, he was an avid bowler and woodworker.
Si enjoyed his garlic garden, and pursuing his study of the Civil War, world wars and his family’s genealogy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Norma Merkle Harkless in 2006.
He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Mark Stultz in 2003; and an infant sister, Gertrude Harkless.
Mr. Harkless is survived by a daughter, Karen Stultz and her husband, David, of Corry; three sons, Dan Harkless of Dayton, Ohio, Glenn Harkless and Robert Toner and his wife, Becky, all of Union City; four grandsons, Randy Stultz and his wife, Kelly, of Glassboro, N.J., Eric Stultz and his wife, Heather, of Wake Forest, N.C., Vince Hull and his wife, Ryoko, of Kingsland, Ga., and Robbie Toner of Union City; and a great-granddaughter, Sophia Stultz. Mr. Harkless was anticipating the birth of his first great-grandson in October.
At his request, no calling hours or service will be observed.
His family will receive friends and neighbors on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Little Cooley United Methodist Church in Little Cooley, Pa.
Burial will be in Rootville Cemetery, Centerville.
Memorials may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank, 1507 Grimm St., Erie, PA 16501; or to a local food pantry.
The Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, is handling arrangements.