Harrer, Richard Grant (“Dick”), 91, passed away on January 12, 2020, in Scottsdale, AZ. Dick was born in Milwaukee, WI, to Herbert and Linda Harrer, and was raised there with his sister until attending North Central College in Naperville, IL. After graduation, Dick returned to Milwaukee to begin graduate studies in chemistry at Marquette University. He served with the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division from 1951 to 1954. In 1954, Dick married Marilyn Kropp. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. In 1957, Dick graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and began practicing patent and trademark law for Armour and Company/The Dial Corporation in Chicago. In 1972, after The Greyhound Corporation acquired Armour-Dial, Dick and his family relocated to Scottsdale. He continued his law practice through multiple corporate iterations, lastly with Henkel. Dick practiced intellectual property law for over 55 years, and mostly with his first boss, Frank Barber, who hired him in1957, and with whom “he never had a cross word.”
In Scottsdale, Dick and Marilyn were members of Valley Presbyterian Church where Dick served as a deacon, a member of the Session, Clerk of the Session, and sang with the Chancel Choir for 30 years. They subsequently transferred their membership to Pinnacle Presbyterian Church where they continued to enjoy the music program. Dick served on the board of the Scottsdale Boys and Girls Clubs, and also enjoyed visiting with retirees of Armour and Company at the Armour Amigos’ meetings.
Dick was known for his love of watches, pens, cars, and music. He had a particular fondness for Sousa marches and choral pieces sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which he often played at deafening decibels.
Dick is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughters Susan (Jerry) Woodrow and Marcia (David) Sobek, and grandchildren Madeline and Grant Sobek, and Jack Woodrow. Dick was a devoted grandfather (OPapa) to his three grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister, Judith Glick, cousin, Leila Heinrich, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Stephanie and Andrew Betz. Dick’s family wishes to acknowledge the exceptional care he received from Lilia “Carol” Acosta for the last 5 years.
A memorial worship service will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ with a luncheon reception to follow in the church’s Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to either Pinnacle Presbyterian Church – Music Department, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255, The Grayhawk Classic Residence’s Foundation: Vi at Grayhawk, 7501 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, P.O. Box 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, or Hospice of the Valley, 16117 N. 76th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
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