Richard Donald “Dick” Harmon

By on October 21, 2010

Richard Donald “Dick” Harmon, 65, of Batavia, passed away suddenly Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at his home.

He was born on March 14, 1945, the son of Donald and Catherine (Walsh) Harmon, in La Salle, Ill.

Dick grew up in Utica, Ill., until his family moved to Elburn when he was 8. He graduated from Kaneland High School in 1963.

Dick met his future wife, Ruth Evert, in 1967, at a mutual friends birthday party. No one knows whether or not the birthday wishes came true, but Dick’s certainly did when they were united in marriage on June 28, 1969, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn.

They began their new life together in an apartment on Shannon Street. Two years later, they moved to a farmhouse on Keslinger Road. In 1979, they built a home of their own on Schneider Road. Leaving their Illinois roots behind, Dick and Ruth moved to Arkansas for four years before settling back to Illinois, and they settled in Batavia in 1985. No matter where they called home, millions of memories were made that will be treasured for generations.  

Dick had many vocations throughout his life, but they all centered on trucking and agriculture. He farmed with his family for a time, drove a truck for a number of companies, including his own. He also owned his own Snap-On Tools franchise for four years. 

Dick was a member of the Teamsters Union for many years.

Dick never had time for too many hobbies, but there was always time for family, friends, and especially laughter. In countless pictures taken over the years, Dick was rarely seen without a smile on his face, and he will be remembered for his love of stories, both real and “imagined” shared between friends and family. Road trips with friends to truck shows across the country kept him in contact with his fellow truckers, who he befriended mile after mile. He left too soon but his spirit lives on through his legacy which will be never be forgotten.

He now leaves his loving wife Ruth; three children, Mike (Laura) Harmon and their children, Donnie and Josh, of Rochelle, Ill., Rebecca (RJ) Harmon-Sneller and their son, Caden, of Arrowsmith, Ill., and Robert Harmon of Batavia; his parents, Donald and Catherine Harmon of Plano, Ill.; five siblings, Greg (Mandy) Harmon of Batavia, Dennis (Sheila) Harmon of Plano, Marty (Paula) Harmon of St. Charles, Sharon (Denny) Neylon of Crosse Plains, Wis., and Susan (Andre) Astorga of Houston, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Colleen Rita Harmon.

Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. with a memorial service to celebrate his life to follow at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. Private family interment will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, including the “Heifer Project,” an organization that provides livestock to impoverished rural areas of the world. Checks may be made to the “Dick Harmon Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at