1946 2017
Jeffry Merrill Harding, long term resident of Craig, passed Tuesday March 14, 2017 at the age of 70. Jeff was born December 10, 1946 in Canton, Ohio to William S Harding Sr. and Marie Harding. The family relocated to Erie,Pennsylvania in 1958. After graduating from Fairview High School of Erie, Jeff enlisted in the Army and served from April 1967 to April 1970 stationed mainly in Germany. Upon returning to the states he moved to Craig, Colorado to be closer to his brother Bill Harding Jr., his wife Sandy Harding and their three daughters. Jeff was an active member in the community, working with civil air patrol (CAP) from June of 1982 until June of 2007. He served as the Yampa Valley Composite Squadron commander. He was a search and rescue pilot and utilized his personal plane. He did orientation flights with children in the gifted students program from Craig Intermediate School (CIS) for over 10 years. Recently, he transported veterans back and forth to the VA hospital of Grand Junction, Colorado for healthcare services and appointments. Jeff loved being up in the air, taking in the beautiful Yampa Valley scenery from his plane. You may have seen him on the Fourth of July circling around the fireworks display. He said, “He loved seeing the fireworks from a different perspective.” Photography also intrigued him for many years. He always carried a camera with him to family birthday parties and holidays. Jeff was preceded in death by his brother William S Harding Jr.; sister Kim Harding, and father William S Harding Sr. He is survived by his mother Marie Harding; his sister Sue Harding, sister inlaw, Sandy Harding and her three daughters Krista Selan, Erika Everett and Rebecca Scott. A memorial service will be held at the VFW of Craig, March 23, 2017 at 2pm. Please join us to honor him and say goodbye.

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