Francis M. Harter, Jr., 79, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Signature Health Care in Fort Wayne. \n\nMr. Harter was born on September 23, 1935, in Churubusco, a son of Francis M. and Jessie (Freeman) Harter. He spent his formative years in Churubusco and graduated from Churubusco High School. \n\nOn December 28, 1963, he was married in Lake Township to Nancy R. McCormick and moved from Churubusco to Eel River Township. \n\nHe was employed at General Electric, as a facilities environment engineer and retired in 1993 after 32 years. \n\nMr. Harter was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church Lake Township, Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne, Mizpah Shrine, and Registered Professional Engineer for the State of Indiana. \n\nHe enjoyed traveling, golfing, bowling, and was instrumental in the church's recent renovation project. \n\nThe surviving relatives include wife, Nancy Harter of Fort Wayne; two sons, Ronald (Karen) Harter and Donald (Diane) Harter both of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Annette (Calvin) Schmidt of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Judy (Pat) McGuire and Janice Harter both of Churubusco; six grandchildren Amanda (Bill) Notestine, Brian (Melanie) Harter, Stacy (Jonathan) Ware, Jerad (Mary) Harter, Kaitlyn Schmidt, and Heather Schmidt; five great grandchildren. \n\nHe was preceded in death by his parents Francis M. and Jessie (Freeman) Harter. \n\nFuneral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church-Lake Township, with Pastor Ralph Easterhaus, officiating. \n\nThe family will receive friends at the St. John's Lutheran Church-Lake Township from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, or one hour prior to the service. \n\nBurial will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County. \n\nFor those who wish, memorials may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church Lake Township Building Fund.