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John Archie Harden

Date of Death: August 19, 2021
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Millwood Station Fire & Rescue
250 Costello Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
Saturday 8/28, 1:00 pm

Memorial contributions may be made to:

Winchester SPCA

111 Featherbed Lane

Winchester, VA 22601


Millwood Station Volunteer  Fire and Rescue

250 Costello Drive

Winchester, VA 22602

John Archie Harden passed away peacefully at the age of 91 at Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Winchester, VA. He was born in 1930 in Philadelphia, PA, but grew up in Cumberland, MD, graduating from Fort Hill High School in 1948. John went on to pursue secondary education, earning an Associate’s Degree from Frostburg TeachersContinue Reading

Lori Picchione left a message on September 13, 2021:
Rest In Peace ?
Gary A Belcher left a message on August 24, 2021:
John was the President of the Winchester Volunteer Rescue Squad when I joined in 1993. He was a great friend and mentor to me for the ten years that I served. Most of this time was as Secretary, I lost touch with John when I left the Squad in 2004. He will certainly be missed by everyone who knew him.
Mark D Anderson left a message on August 24, 2021:
I met John when I was 17 years old when first making friends with his two sons Greg and Rick. Always known as Mr. Harden to me even into my adult years as I always had a healthy respect for him. Mr. Harden was an inspiration to me when it came to rescue and was my influence in joining the Winchester Volunteer Rescue Squad as a Junior member. I so enjoyed those years I spent in the squad and learned by watching and studying Mr. Hardens techniques on many rescue scenes that I worked with him. Mr. Harden is responsible for saving a lot of lives in our community. There are so many things that happened over the years at the Hardens house that are memorable. Mr. Harden almost always at home could be scene enjoying a "PUNCH" cigar in his living room chair. I am grateful for the way he tolerated myself and my other friends who were always in his house visiting Greg and Rick. I know as teenagers we had to get on his nerves. He often would quietly get up and leave when it got too much for him without saying a word. One thing you didn't want to bring into the house was a sandwich with onions. He especially disliked fried onions that topped Enrico subs and wasn't afraid to demand they be eaten outside. It was obvious he was devoted to his wife Micky who was also a dear friend and like a second mother to all of Greg and Ricks friends. One thing I never saw him do is lose his temper or raise his voice. I feel fortunate to have know Mr. Harden over the years and am saddened that he had to deal with such a terrible and dreadful disease. Lastly he was my Masonic brother and I know we all will eventually meet again when it's my turn to leave this life.
Maxine Kerns left a message on August 24, 2021:
Heartfelt condolences to Terri, Rick, Greg & all of John's family and friends, during this time of loss. Maxine & family
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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