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Charles Kenneth Harclerode
1931 - 2021
Charles Kenneth Harclerode was born in 1931, grew up in Lancaster, and graduated from McCaskey High School. He attended Millersville State Teachers College, where he played football and baseball, and met Helen Banes, who was to become his wife in 1954. After serving in the navy as a signalman on the USS Hyman, he graduated from Millersville and began teaching industrial arts and coaching football and baseball at Bridgeport High School. In 1960 he began teaching and coaching track and football at Pottsgrove High School, which was to continue until his retirement in 1989. Upon retiring from Pottsgrove, Ken began working at A.D. Moyer Lumber and officiating PIAA track meets, including the Penn Relays. He also embarked upon a project of building a house in Birdsboro, where he and Helen would live for nearly 20 years until they moved to Garden Spot Village in 2008. While living at Garden Spot Village, Ken and Helen became active volunteers and continued traveling and attending Elder Hostels around the world. Ken was a skilled woodworker, an athlete, devout church member, and world traveler. Train-travel was his favorite, but he also enjoyed sailing and exploring the US in a piggyback camper with his children and later in an RV with Helen and grandchildren. He took great pleasure in teaching woodworking and coaching. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Ken instilled in his children and grandchildren a love of animals, the environment, travel, and sports. He is survived by his wife Helen, his daughters Rebecca, Lancaster, PA; Janet, Brattleboro, VT; Constance, Newport, RI; grandchildren Helen, Cameroon; Joseph and great grandson Jay, Long Beach, CA. A family visitation will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 316 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464 from 9:30-10:45 am on Tuesday, June 29 with a funeral service at 11:00 AM, and a memorial luncheon reception in the parish hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made in his memory to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) or the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). View obituaries or send condolences at
Published by The Mercury from Jun. 25 to Jun. 26, 2021.
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9:30a.m. - 10:45p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
316 E. High St., Pottstown, PA
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Mr Harclerode Was great teacher care for people sorry Ken I missed this to his family thank you for Ken give all he had to people he will be missed by everyone god bless
wayne mickletz
November 19, 2021
I had Mr. Harclerode for woodshop, 7th, 10,11 and 12th grade and later when he worked at Moyer lumber we would always talk about Pottsgrove...he will be missed !
Bob Fisher
June 26, 2021
Please note that the visitation is for family and friends: 9:30-10:45 on Tuesday.
Janet Harclerode
June 26, 2021
I knew Ken in the 1970's when he built a competitive -- and good -- football program at Pottsgrove, despite often being outmanned. He was an exceptional person and excellent coach. He won with grace, lost with dignity. One of my favorite people from that era. RIP, Coach.
Ken Murray
June 26, 2021
I have a lot of good memories of driving down to KOP to burnish floors together at the mall as a high school student. I still have shelves/cabinets which he made for me over 40 years ago, which have his initials on them. He was a great man. I have good memories of him, mostly as my football coach. Rest in Peace Coach Harclerode.
Jeffrey Frey
June 25, 2021
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