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Ronald Jay Haarer, 72, of Phoenix, Ariz.

Ronald Jay Haarer, 72, of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away from liver cancer, surrounded by his family on Feb. 27, 2013.

Ron was born Dec. 17, 1940, in Howe, Indiana, but grew up in Brown Country. He is second of nine children, born to Charles and Gladys Haarer. In 1961, Ron married the love of his life, Marcia Ann Kritzer of Brown County. They were married for 51 years. In 1969 Ron and Marcia moved to Phoenix with their two young children, Deanna Lynn (Haarer) Mast and Ronald Kritzer Haarer. While in Phoenix, Randall Jay Haarer was born. Ron was a prominent leader in the land development industry in Phoenix, for more than 25 years beginning with Beauty Built Homes, and later president of Estes Homes. Through his career in construction, Ron participated in many civic, cultural and charitable organizations, including Chairman and founding member of Valley Partnership. After retiring from the construction industry, Ron transitioned into the aviation business, starting Westwind Aviation; a flight school and air tour company. Ron was passionate about missions, having served on the board of directors for the Mennonite Economic Development Association. His passion was to serve by improving economic conditions of impoverished countries throughout the world. He is survived by his wife Marcia; three children; six grandchildren; four brothers; and four sisters.

A memorial and celebration of his life will take place at 4 p.m., March 21, at Bean Blossom Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Ronald Jay Haarer to MEDA, 32-C E. Roseville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601-3861 or online at www.meda.org.

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    Euchre
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    Euchre
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  • December 25
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    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
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