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Robert Harden

January 25, 1945 — April 11, 2020

Robert Harden


Robert Dean “Bob” Harden, age 75, of Ovid, MI passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020.

In light of current events, Private Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 3:00 P.M, with Mr. Chuck Emmert officiating.  We will be broadcasting, Bob’s funeral, via Facebook Live on Smith Family Funeral Homes Facebook page, you’re welcome to join there.

Bob was born in Hudson, MI on January 25, 1945, the son Harry J. and Thelma (Flint) Harden.  He graduated from Elsie High School with the class of 1963.  On September 11, 1965 Bob married Julie Ann George in Chapin, MI.  Bob served country in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He owned Harden Trucking with his sons.  He enjoyed stock car dirt racing, trucks, farming, riding his motorcycle, and he was an MSU fan. He also liked deer hunting, fishing and being in Florida.  His family was very special to him especially his sons and his grandchildren.  He was a great story teller, enjoyed going to visit people, and liked to make people laugh.  Bob was a regular at Mary's Country Kitchen, and he liked catching up on all the local news.  He was a member of Duplain Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife Julie Harden; 3 sons: Rob and Melissa Harden, Brad and Mandi Harden, Matt and Katrina Harden; 9 grandchildren: Sam, Jake, Sarah, Lucas, Joey, Katie, Lauren, Alysse and Chris; sister Roberta and Jay Wiseman, brother Bruce and Patsy Harden, sister Brenda and Mark Masarik, brother Charles and Rosanne Harden, and many nieces and nephews.  Bob was predeceased by his parents, daughter Lindsey Harden, brother William Harden, brothers-in-law: Floyd George, and Roger McFall, cousin Jim Harden, and sister-in-law Judy Harden.

Memorials may be made to Duplain Church of Christ, 5565 East Colony Road St. Johns, MI 48879. Online condolences can be made at  The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.

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