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Raymond John Harting

- September 5, 2018

Raymond J. Harting, 75, died September 5, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, CO.

Ray was born in Dayton, OH to Reinhart and Magdalene (Schopler) Harting. He married the love of his life, Janet Lehmkuhl, on October 26, 1968.

Ray’s lifelong passion for aviation started with his service in the Air Force (1964-1967), transitioned to corporate airplanes, and culminated in his own consulting business. This path led them from Ohio, to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut, Illinois, and finally Colorado.

Ray is survived by his three children Karen Harting, John (Eliza) Harting, Emily (Len) Harkins, four grandchildren Zoe and Lily Harting and Leo and Isaac Harkins, and six siblings Jerry (Barb) Harting, Bob (Ann) Harting, Dick Harting, Jim ( Betty) Harting, Patty (Henry) Powers, and Bill (Doris) Harting.

Ray loved sharing adventures and experiencing the world with his family. He passed on his knowledge and support freely, loving nothing more than helping when he was needed.

Memorial contributions in memory of Raymond Harting may be made to Cure SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) or mail to Cure SMA, 925 Busse Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007


17 Responses

  1. David Marshall says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Ray was a very good and caring man. I will always remember the joy he brought every time we talked. He brought many laughs to me through the years. His dedication and work throughout the aviation industry will not be forgotten. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

  2. Sherry Barrett says:

    I am a dear friend of Patty’s and spent many a day in the Harting home. Ray was always nice to me then and still nice when Insae him at Harting funerals and events. Party always kept me advised as to what he was doing. His loss will be felt by many people. He was truly one of the good guys. All of your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  3. Pam Robinson says:

    Janet, I was so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend a bit of time with you both on your last visit with Doris and Bill in Florida. I know he is going to be greatly missed and just want you to know that you and all the Harting Family are in my thoughts and prayers. May all your happy memories help to bring you Peace.


  4. Arlene Selby says:

    I was so sorry to read about the loss of your brother.
    You and your family will be in my prayers.

  5. Sam Haycraft says:

    Janet and Family ,
    So sorry for your Loss . Ray and I go Back close to 40 years. I first Met him in the Early days at GARRETT SPI . We later worked together through various Falcon Projects and Hart Consulting projects through out our Aviation career . We traveled to some really cool places through out the world . We enjoyed Dinner and some good wine with a lot of Aviation stories . He was full of life and always talked about his Family and his passion for Aviation . He was a true friend he will be sorely missed . May God hold you all in the palm of his hand through these trying times . God Bless 🙏🙏🙏🙏✝️✝️✝️

  6. Bill & Karen VonderLinden says:

    Met Ray and family in Duluth in ’78 on biz trip as my customer. Quickly enough met the whole family on that trip, just the way they were. Enjoyed the growing friendship as a few years later they bought house block away in Illinois. Of the many memories…Ray and I would leave work a bit early and take boat out for a sail after work. Family meals and BBQs followed. Ray honored us by being our son Zachary’s Godfather. Ray watched our house while we lived over seas. Kept in touch and always felt Ray’s warmth when we spoke, even as years went by and one may not see each other often. To all the Harting family our warmest prayers in this sad time. Remembering Ray as a good man and a good friend. God bless. Love, Bill and Karen

  7. Charlie Horton says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was a dear and good friend, we met during my days with Dassault and we shared many good times together.
    He was a kind and gentle soul always ready to laugh and cheer me up. I will miss him very much and Aviation has lost one of it’s finest. I will alway remember him and cherish our friendship. He will truly be missed by so many he touched and knew him.
    My Sincere Condolences during this time, and you and your family will be in our prayers.

  8. Barbara Lee McFAnn says:

    Dear Janet, I am so sorry about Ray. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sad for you and for all of your family. May God hold you close and give comfort to you .

  9. Frank and everyone at Pro Machine says:

    I’am so sad over the news of Ray’s passing. I will miss our talks and the little time that I really spent with Ray. I wish it could have been much more ,he was always on the top of his game. I remember calling him from time to time just to say hi and talk about anything. Ray started out being a customer of Pro Machine and ended up being my friend. I will miss my friend. Thanks for the business Ray and being my friend. Janet
    We will keep you in our prayers.

    Frank & Robin Palazzolo

  10. Anson Mount says:

    Ray opened the door to my corporate Aviation world. The best job I believe I had was when Ray was my director and mentor. He pushed me to excel and learn and lauded my accomplishments. Ray was fair and kind, funny and smart and always had a good story to relate. In later years, after Kraft Foods, Ray kept me busy with building aircraft test boxes and even helped me with a business jet pre-buy. We stayed in contact over the years and miles. Ray remains a voice of confidence and wisdom in my thoughts. He will be sorely missed.

  11. Steve Petrich says:

    Ray was a great friend and mentor to me. He was truly the consummate aviation professional. He poured everything he had into his work. I never had to worry about flying an aircraft that Ray had worked on because the work was done right…every single time. I will dearly miss our long phone conversations and our plans to get together. So long my friend and thanks for the great friendship. May God bless you and your family.

  12. Liz Orloff says:

    Much love to a truly amazing family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Love, Liz, Noah and Sage

  13. David H. Andrade says:

    My sincere condolences, great memories from the days with the Kraft Foods Aviation Department, based out of Chicago, Palwaukee Airport. Rest In Peace, my friend. Gracias!!

  14. Todd Heffley says:

    Ray Harting will be missed by so many in the aviation community. He was a consistent voice for integrity, honesty and customer service.

    Speaking as a client of his consulting business and a business partner to Ray, he never compromised these core values.

    God bless the Harting family in grief, and we wish you the fondest memories of Ray.

  15. Tracy Doty says:

    All my love to your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  16. Gary & Kay Broughman says:

    Dear Janet,
    We are in total disbelief learning of Ray’s passing. Our sincere love and sympathy is being sent to you at this extremely sad time in life. Gary is totally saddened by Ray’s death and we both feel so fortunate that you were with us just last year. Our prayers to you and your family.

  17. Mark A Egdorf says:

    I met Ray at Bombardier Aerospace in Denver in “200” Since then I enjoyed working with him with Hart Aviation Consulting. Not only did we do a little business but he always had a little time to share another fascinating story from a lifetime of aviation. Knowing Ray was a privilege and I will miss him not so much as in business but as a friend. Thank you Ray and God bless you.