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Mac Darrell Harless, age 93 of Cedar Springs, passed away, Tuesday evening, October 6, 2020, at his home with his loving family by his side. Mac was born August 17, 1927, in Anderson, Indiana, the son of Loren and Mabel Harless. Mac was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Barbara Joan (Murray) Harless; his parents; son, Carl Michael Harless; brother, Ned Harless; sister, Donna L. (Harless) Eastman; great-granddaughter, Madde Morrow; and many relatives and friends. Mac is survived by his daughter, Teressa Taylor (Dan); brother, Jack Harless (Phyllis); Ina Harless; seven grandchildren, Mike Dykstra (Chea), Marci Harless, Melissa Harless, Lori Kolodziej (Jeff), Chris Lyon (Alyson), Andrea Morrow, and Kendra Chapman (Scott); and 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his granddog, Milo. On April 3, 1949, Mac married Barbara Joan Murray. Mac and Barbara met in 1946 where Barbara was working as a carhop on roller skates at a local drive-in. He stopped to get a sandwich while on leave from the Merchant Marines. Mac told Barbara, “I am going to marry you.” Her reply was, “Oh you think so do you?” and skated away. They did marry and celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on April 3, 2020. For the first eleven years, they resided in Indiana until 1960 when Mac was transferred to Grand Rapids, Michigan. From there they moved to Big Myers Lake in Rockford, Pine Island Dr., Upper Lake, and then settled in Cedar Springs for the last 29 years.

Mac cherished every moment with his family and loved ones. He was a very dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was generous and kind to all he encountered. He found a way to truly connect with everyone he met and was instantly adored by those who knew him. Mac loved sharing his stories, loved to joke, and had many funny sayings that would light up anyone’s day. He shared stories about growing up in Indiana, his time serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II and traveling the world, and most of all stories about his wife, children, grandchildren, loved ones, and good friends. Mac loved helping others, in any way he could. He loved all children and all animals. He also loved spending time with his granddogs who gave him great joy: Toby, Tasha, and Milo. For many years he would sit at the table and watch the birds eat from the many feeders he and Barbara had for them. Fishing was a lifelong hobby of Mac’s which he greatly enjoyed with his grandson and close friends. He retired from Bell Fibre after more than 30 years of service. In 2016 Mac and Barb met Father Lam of St. John Paul II Catholic Church, started RCIA classes, and became members of the church in 2017. Mac had strong faith and dearly loved his church family parishioners. He was an amazing man who will live in our hearts forever. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mac will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 10 at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs, Rev. Lam T. Le presiding. Burial will follow in Solon Cemetery. All guests are respectfully asked to wear masks and observe appropriate social distance. There will be a video of the service on the church website on Facebook. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John Paul II Catholic Church.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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