Richard Harting
June 21, 1938 - August 23, 2023

Richard ‘Dick’ Harting, of Supply, NC, passed away peacefully at Lower Cape Fear Life Care on August 23, 2023.  He was born June 21, 1938 in Dayton, Ohio to Reinhart and Magdalene Schopler Harting.  He grew up in Miamisburg, Ohio and attended school at Our Lady of Good Hope and Miamisburg High School.  Dick joined the United States Navy in 1956 and was on the USS DeLong, (DE-684), the last ship to leave Havana before Fidel Castro took power. He attended Sinclair Community College and Sawyer Business College.

A jack of all trades, Dick was known for having a variety of work experiences.  Some of the highlights include a career in manufacturing at Hankins Container and Monarch Marking Systems, sales for life and health insurance, and real estate.   His greatest success was as owner/founder of the Seven Dwarfs Day Care Center in Centerville, OH, in 1973.  The Center continues to this day at two locations in the South Dayton area.  He built several businesses in the restaurant/bar industry, including the Southfork Saloon in Kettering, OH and was an Amway distributor in 3 states.

He is survived by his two faithful companions, black labs, Sydney and Pepper; children, Cyndi Harting Davis (Doug) and Richard ‘Ric’ Harting (Beth); grandchildren, Angela Russo (Clemente Gomez), Nicholas Russo, Joseph Russo (Freddie), Matthew Harting (Caitlin Vincent), Cody Harting (Mariah Whitman), and Brittany Harting Smith (Kole); great grandchildren, Brayden Harting, Kylie Russo, Ariana Russo, Guglielmo Russo and Stanford Russo; siblings, Jerry Harting (Barbara), Ann Vincent Harting, Jim Harting (Betty), Janet Lehmkuhl Harting, Pat Powers (Henry) and Bill Harting (Doris), 26 nieces and nephews and many great grand-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his wife’s family, the Jamil’s of Charlotte, NC.  

Selwa Jamil Harting, preceded him in death as well as his parents, Reinhart and Magdalene Harting; grand-parents, Lawrence and Mary Schopler and John and Catherine Harting; Brothers Bob Harting and Ray Harting, and his faithful dog Jessie.

Dick was an avid boater and fisherman, he like Nascar Racing and the NFL.  He loved to host parties and prepare gourmet meals for his family and friends.  In 2017, his passion for food won him 1st prize for the best chili at the Calabash, NC American Legion Post. He was very creative and dabbled in ocean themed yard art and deviled eggs.  He raised chickens, rabbits, and guinea pigs; he even performed brain surgery on a guinea pig, which went on to have 3 additional litters.  He loved jokes and he was a master storyteller.

He was a caregiver at heart, providing care for his wife Selwa at home for 25 years.  He and Selwa found joy in helping several of the outstanding nursing aides who worked with Selwa, further their education by providing letters of recommendation for a nursing scholarship.

Dick lived a long, good life, full of experiences and people who meant so much to him.  He will be missed by all.

Arrangements are being handled by Coastal Cremations.

Memorial Service at Freedom Baptist Church, 802 N. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28405, Friday, September 8, 2023. Calling hour is 2:00pm followed by the service at 3:00

A second Memorial Service will be held at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, 6 South Third Street, Miamisburg, Ohio 45342. Time and date to be announced soon.

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  • Gail Frederick Posted August 29, 2023 11:00 am

    There are people who come into our lives who remain with us forever. Dick was one of those people. I met him when I was in fourth grade. His daughter Cyndi is my dearest friend and sister in life. Dick was charming, funny and always made you smile. Whether it was making an awkward little girl feel comfortable in his presence or a 50 something year old feel loved at lunch as he stopped on his way through Louisville on his way to Ohio. I’m so sorry for the pain his loss has brought his family and friends but I’m so very grateful that his light and laughter shone in my world. Much love to you all. Gail

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