Robert Fredrik Harsy, age 84 years, of Jefferson City, Mo. passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020 with his family by his side at Primrose Assisted Living.
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He was born on October 2, 1935 in DuQuoin, Il. the son of Julius and Hazel (Wafford) Harsy. He was married on October 16, 1959 in Jefferson City, Mo. to Sandra Sue Adams who preceded him in death on August 16, 2013.
Robert graduated from DuQuoin High School in 1953. He soon began work as an iron worker, working on many missile bases throughout the United States. His family settled in the Chicago area where he was a proud member of the Iron Workers Union Local #1 and went on to become owner/operator of Steel Builders, Inc.
Robert was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, and enjoyed volunteering with Habitat for Humanity for many years. He was a true outdoorsman who began hunting and fishing from a very young age. What started as a means of survival turned into a source of peace and enjoyment in adulthood as his love of nature continued throughout life. He shared many special memories of fishing on the Little Beaucoup Creek as a child. Robert spent as much time as possible at his farm in Callaway County, affectionately called “The Goat Ranch”. He was an avid snow skier and enjoyed many ski trips in the United States, Italy and Austria with family and friends. Whatever Robert did, he did it with gusto and grit. Those that knew him quickly realized he was a real life superhero.
Survivors include: his children, Robert Harsy and wife Cindy of Port Charlotte, Fl., Derek Harsy and wife Lonnie of Osage Beach, Mo., and Lisa Edmondson and husband Jeff of Jefferson City, Mo.; his grandchildren, Naomi DeFalco, Caleb Harsy, Megan Thornton, Laura Boswell, Jacob Harsy, and Mattie Edmondson; eight great-grandchildren; his siblings, Steve Harsy and wife Marilyn of Highland, Il., and LaDonna Jones of DuQuoin, Il.; and many other family and friends who will miss him dearly.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife; his brother, Ronald Harsy; and his sister-in-law, Nina Harsy;
A private family service will be conducted at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Habitat For Humanity, 1420 Creek Trail Dr, Jefferson City, MO 65109.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.