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Heath Harner

September 5, 1942 — November 7, 2021


Heath Monroe Harner passed away peacefully on November 7th, 2021 at the age of 79 after a 6-year battle with Vascular Dementia.

Heath was born in Columbus, Ohio on September 5th, 1942 to the late Bruce and Margaret Harner.

He graduated from Lancaster High School Class of 1960. After graduation Heath joined the Army Reserves and then started his career with Colonial Stores before obtaining his real estate and broker’s license and joining his father at Harner Reality. A member of the Lancaster Board of Realtors, treasurer for 17 years and past president in 1981 and 2003.

Heath was very involved in the community as an Honorary life member of the Lancaster Charity Newsies and member and past president of the Lancaster Lion’s Club.

He had a love for music playing the saxophone in the band The Frantics, was a DJ, and his love for music continued playing his old school juke box in the basement of the family home he built with the help of his father in-law Robert Schwartz. In his later stages of dementia music provided him comfort.  He had a passion for boating and was a member and past president of The Athen’s Boat and Ski Club. He loved to travel, snowmobiling with family and friends in Michigan, and vacationing and cruising with his wife enjoying life.

His hobbies and enjoyment included collecting trains and Budweiser memorabilia, working in the yard, rooting for the Buckeyes and working on his 1962 Corvette.

He is survived by his wife Jan of 55 years, daughters Karrie (Joe) Miller, Kristin (Edward) Fessler, granddaughter’s Emily and Gabby Miller, grandson Eric Fessler.

Heath was proceeded in death by his parent’s Bruce and Margaret and his sister Heather.

Caring Cremation has taken place by the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at 10:30AM at the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place following the service at Forrest Rose Cemetery.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday Nov. 17 from 2PM until 4PM and 6PM until 8PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fairhope Hospice, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 or Lancaster-Fairfield County Charity Newsies 4300 Logan-Lancaster Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. Online condolences can be made at

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

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