Jack Harness

January 20, 2022

Jack Harness, 60, of Frankfort, passed away January 20, 2022 at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.  He was born on July 18, 1961 in Clinton County to Frank and Annie (Clouser) Harness.  He married Rita Hall on June 16, 2014 and she survives.

Jack was a 1979 graduate of Madison High School and served in the United States Navy 1979 – 1980.  He worked for Prairie Industries for 33 years until they closed and then worked for Frito Lay for 4 ½ years.  Jack loved any sport with a ball especially basketball and golf.  He enjoyed lifting weights and fishing and loved riding his motorcycle with his wife and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Archer-Weston Funeral & Cremation Center to assist with final expenses.


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Visitation and Services

Friends may visit 5-7 p.m. Monday, January 24, 2022 at Archer-Weston Funeral & Cremation Center, 501 East Clinton Street, Frankfort.  Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park.  

Survived by:

Surviving along with his wife: Rita are his Sons: Travis Harness (Companion: Jenny Gyger) of Lebanon, George Vanmeter (Companion: Priscilla) of Tennessee, and Dustin Vanmeter (Fiance: Crystal Hughes) of Tennessee; Daughter: Crystal (Michael) Teaster of Kokomo; Brothers: Frank Louis (Bonnie) Harness, Blake Harness, and Shawn (Rebecca) Harness all of Frankfort; Sister: Theresa Harness of Madison; 12 Grandchildren; 1 Great-Grandchild; Special people in his life: Aunt Kitty Foreman (AKA “Commadoor”) and Cousin Mary Janet Lester; along with Lifelong Friends: Ronnie and Tina Abbott of Frankfort. 

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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21 Condolences for “Jack Harness”

  1. Bob and Penny Stout January 21, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    I was a friend And neighbor of Jack when he lived in Lebanon. Great friend, great person and he will be missed.

  2. Tom Strawmyer January 21, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Jack was a amazing person me and my husband worked with him for 33 years at prairie industry he was such a joy always making you laugh our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Me and Mrs Tom Strawmyer

  3. Catherine Foreman January 21, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Jack had to leave us too soon, but he is now whole and perfect. I have a picture on my heart of Jack fishing with his Uncle Paul, Uncle Cliff….and the Apostles. What a joyous picture. Love and miss you Jack & Love to you Sweet Rita.
    from Aunt Kitty

  4. Jerry & Cindy kelly January 21, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Cindy and I send our condolences to the family. Jack I am going to miss you at the golf course! I will miss your humor and your competitive nature. Golf will not be the same without you. Continued prayers ❤️🙏

  5. Diana Woolery January 22, 2022 at 9:39 am

    Bud and I have many fond memories of you through the years…we will miss you always. Our love and prayers are with your family ❤️.

  6. Steve Ricker January 22, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    I have fond memories of riding the school bus with Jack as well as car pooling to sports practices and ballgames with Jack and his family. I was very shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.

  7. Sandee Pickard January 22, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Frank-I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs to you and your family

  8. Tanya Stoops January 23, 2022 at 12:50 am

    I’m so so sorry for your loss Rita and the rest of your family. Jack was a kind soul and was so helpful to me when I became your neighbor. I couldn’t have picked nicer neighbors. A true loss to everyone.

  9. Julie Ervin January 23, 2022 at 10:20 am

    I’m so sorry for the loss of such a sweet man. I always enjoyed listening to Jack talk about when he was a teenager and his love for basketball while he got his haircut. He was always kind to my family and I. He will be missed. Lots of prayers and love for Rita, his family, and friends.

  10. Sherry Campbell January 24, 2022 at 8:04 am

    So sorry for your loss, this won’t help much but I wanted to do something to help. love you Naoma!

  11. Kellie Satkoski January 24, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Jack will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was a good man who was very loved.

  12. Julia Beard January 24, 2022 at 11:30 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss!
    Jack was a sweet man! Prayers for the family!
    Love ya Rita

  13. Jim Tower January 24, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    I wanted to attend the visitation but sickness is running in my family now so best stay away. My condolences to Travis, Frank and the rest of the family.

  14. Jeanie January 24, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Our family comedian, always kind & caring. We’ll miss you always! Much love to Rita and all who are going to miss you ❤️

  15. Martha Carroll January 24, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Jack was such a special person, not just to me but too many others. Many fond memories warm my heart. He had the biggest & bestest smile! When I saw him smiling I had to smile & often laugh. Jack was called away to they heavens way to soon. But now he is healed. I love you Jack, you will be missed. Rita, may God bless you & wrap you on His arms. I love you.

  16. Elizabeth Ryan January 24, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Jack, You’ll be truly missed. Just think of the wonderful people you were reunited with in Heaven.
    Rest in Peace
    Love cousin Bethy

  17. Karen Clouser January 25, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Jack you were so special in so many ways. I will miss you so much. I love you. Thank you for everything you did for me and especially Megan.

  18. Brian Clouser January 25, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Sending my condolences, jack to your family You will be miss for the world is a darker place without you. I wish that I could be there in person but I’m not feeling well and I won’t take the chance

  19. Cheryl and Rex Cook January 25, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Jack was a wonderful man. Rex and I knew him when he attended Hope Community Church in Lebanon. He had a big heart and a big smile. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rita and Travis for the loss of this wonderful husband and father.

  20. Roger & Marlene Metcalf January 26, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    My wife an I saw Jack a lot at Prairie as the changing of the shifts, he was one of a kind always a nut to make you laugh.
    He will be missed. GOD BLESS

  21. Michael Yaryan January 26, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    First of all, my condolences to Rita and Travis.
    Jack and I worked together at Prairie Industries for 31 years. We played basketball together, and played golf together. We played alot of one on one basketball against each other, I only beat him one time, only because he was sick!
    There was one time, we were in a five on five game against a girls team. We got beat. Now Jack was to be back home, so I was packing up, Jack said, what are you doing, I said, you need to get back home, and Jack said, we’re playing them again. I must say, we played them soft the first the first game, because they were girls, but the second game, it was game on. We beat them.
    Jack and I talked about everything, basketball, golf, work, country music and the Bible.
    We will finish our conversations when I get to heaven Jack. See you there my friend.

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