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“You seem nice and remind me of my son Jeremy, who was also ker bear.❤ ”
1 of 73 | Posted by: Deb Nish - Friend

“Dear Uncle Rick And Anut debbieJer was the nicest person on the earth. He was the last person i remember ice fishin in 2010,2011 fishin season. jer...Read More »
2 of 73 | Posted by: justin wilhelm - marblehead, OH

“Rick and Deb, I am so sorry I did not know of Jeremy's passing when it happened. My prayers go out to you and your family. Jeremy was such a...Read More »
3 of 73 | Posted by: Tiny Robin Redel - elyria, OH

“I used to live on put-in-bay and my dad Robin Redel used to work for jeremys dad rick i remember jeremy used to take me and my brother all around the...Read More »
4 of 73 | Posted by: Chad Redel - applecreek, OH

5 of 73 | Posted by: CHARLES LONG - AK

“Rick, Connie and I are heartsick to hear of the loss of Jeremy. We will miss him so much. I used to bring him chicken salad sandwiches and homemade...Read More »
6 of 73 | Posted by: Marilyn & Connie - Columbus, OH

“I knew Jer Bear for quite a few years. He was a great guy and wonderful friend. The last time I saw him was on my bachelor party. He was happy for me...Read More »
7 of 73 | Posted by: Marc "Burrly" Burr - Chardon, OH

“Rick & Debbie, I wish I knew what to say. What a shock to hear of Jeremy's passing. He was loved by many from all parts of the country and will be...Read More »
8 of 73 | Posted by: Rick Knapp - Fort Myers, FL

“I remember Jeremy fondly as a sweet young and vivacious little boy who had a curious and intelligent mind. He was a pleasure to be around and had...Read More »
9 of 73 | Posted by: genie scott - Middleburg Hts., OH

“Dear Debbie and Rick, I am so sorry to hear of Jeremy's passing. I know there are no words that I can offer to comfort you. But our family wants...Read More »
10 of 73 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Scott - OH - Friend

“Seeing you at the bay for many years, we will miss you!! Your smile and that curly hair!! Luv ya Jer Bear!! Our regarts to your family and extended...Read More »
11 of 73 | Posted by: Colette and Karrie Adams - Toledo, OH

“RIH Jer Bear. We miss you already! Mr. Ed's & PIB will Never be the same without you! You left us way too soon. I was so looking forward to seeing...Read More »
12 of 73 | Posted by: Bonnie Straub - Sylvania, OH

“My condolences to the Harlan family and all affected. He was a great guy and always remembered me and took care of me when our Phlocking came to the...Read More »
13 of 73 | Posted by: Jon Graves - Lakewood, OH

“Jeremy was one of the kindest people we have ever met on the Island! Not to mention a hard worker. Year after year he helped make the Phlocking of...Read More »
14 of 73 | Posted by: Dan, Patty and Krista Kaley - PA

“JerBear was such a magnificent, friendly, beautiful, engaging, hardworking, funny person who treated everyone as a friend. No matter where he was, he...Read More »
15 of 73 | Posted by: Kim - Put In Bay, OH - Friend

“Jer Bear you had a smile that could brighten anyones day... I'll miss you but never forget you! RIP Jer. ”
16 of 73 | Posted by: Dora - Columbus, OH

“DearDebbie, Rick and Heather: Walter, J.D.,and I are so sorry for your loss. Jeremy was a special"kid". He was a good student and participated in...Read More »
17 of 73 | Posted by: Susan Duff - Put-in-Bay, OH

“You were always such a bright soul and made everyone around you happy. I have many fond memories of my 6 years at PIB and you were part of many of...Read More »
18 of 73 | Posted by: Pam Wells Rasmussen - Genoa, OH

“Its been a pleasure getting getting to know you this summer. Everytime we came in you always greeted us with a smile and a handshake, you never...Read More »
19 of 73 | Posted by: keith and buffi - port clinton, OH

“RIP Jer Bear... We will truly miss your fun-loving, easy-going, always smiling, awesome personality!!! Thanks for being you. We were all blessed...Read More »
20 of 73 | Posted by: Jane Kallenberg - Monroe, MI

“I will never forget your special/funny dance you did behind the bar while waiting on patrons, it always cracked me up! You where a very special guy &...Read More »
21 of 73 | Posted by: Kim White - Toledo, OH - Patron

“I can not put into words what a special guy Jer was...whenever I think of him that warm smile pops into my head... Nothing ever seemed to get him...Read More »
22 of 73 | Posted by: Alison Pucci Shelton - FL

“Jer Bear,what a wonder young man. Like everyone said you were the nicest person anyone could have know. Going to miss your smile and wave everyday...Read More »
23 of 73 | Posted by: Mark Wilhelm and Family

“I have many fond memories of working with Jeremy at Ed's. He made my first winter on the island interesting. He always had a smile on his face and...Read More »
24 of 73 | Posted by: Beth Gannett - WOODVILLE, OH

“JerBear was one the reasons I still found time to go to the island. Incredible magnetic personality. Ricky and Deb I am so sorry for your loss. God...Read More »
25 of 73 | Posted by: Ed Wilson - Fremont, OH

“I did not know Jer Bear personally but I was involved as a patron of Mr. Eds. Jeremy always gave great service. He is the hardest working bartender I...Read More »
26 of 73 | Posted by: Frank - Holland, OH - Customer

“We are so very sorry Ricky & Deb, you are truly in our thoughts and prayers! I have nothing but fond memories of Jer Bear, always a smile on his face...Read More »
27 of 73 | Posted by: Danielle Pucci Smrdel - NC

“I watched Jeremy grow from barback to the best bartender ever over the last 10+ years! Although I only knew him in passing as a very long term...Read More »
28 of 73 | Posted by: Christine Chester - Dublin, OH

“Rest in Peace Jer Bear !!!!!! Never forget your great Jer Bear Shots. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family-- You raised a great person. ...Read More »
29 of 73 | Posted by: Jennifer - Toledo, OH

“You made the world a better place one JerBear shot at a time :) You will be greatly missed but never forgotten ~ Rest in Peace my friend!! ”
30 of 73 | Posted by: Stacy Aldridge - Canton, MI

“Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fad because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more...Read More »
31 of 73 | Posted by: Laurie Sondergeld - Erie, MI

“RIP JerBear!! I will never forgot that smile on your face, and the ability to brighten a room just by walking in. Rick and Deb- May God give you...Read More »
32 of 73 | Posted by: Lee Capucini - OH

“Because of you and Ashley my first time at PIB was the BEST....PIB will never be the same RIH Jer-Bear ”
33 of 73 | Posted by: Brandy - Toledo, OH

“I'm not sure how many summers it's been, since I first experienced Jer Bear's great service, fabulous attitude, and kindness at Mr. Ed's. I do know...Read More »
34 of 73 | Posted by: Paula Halbach - Minneapolis, MN

“rest in peace our friend! you will be missed, your time here was to short. thoughts and prayers for rick and debbie!! so sorry!!. p.i.b. will short...Read More »
35 of 73 | Posted by: dee and craig - TX - friends

“Good times, great guy...and such sad news!We loved our fun times with you Jeremy. Who's gonna "over-serve" me some "Jer-Bear Specials" now? God bless...Read More »
36 of 73 | Posted by: Mary Ann - Mayfield Village, OH

“Always remember you Little Bear!!!! ”
37 of 73 | Posted by: Greg and Jenna Jones - Monroe, MI

“we spent many a summer on north bass island getting in and out of treouble with jeremy from breaking glass in the junkyard to taking a baths in the...Read More »
38 of 73 | Posted by: john and joe zura - sandusky, OH

“My deepest sympathy to Jermey's family and friends. I remember Jeremy from a long time ago when he was a young barback at Mr. Ed's. He came to be...Read More »
39 of 73 | Posted by: Lara Miesle - Marblehead, OH

“You will never be forgotten love ya buddy! ”
40 of 73 | Posted by: christine tedora - monroe, MI

“We met Jeremy at Nick's Roadhouse in Port Clinton some years ago at a Put-in-Palooza event. We got a seat at the bar finally when this very tall,...Read More »
41 of 73 | Posted by: Julia Barton & David Skinner - OH

“jerbear, you were always so much fun....either at mr eds at pib or at beeks bar and grille in monroe michigan you have always made me laugh and smile...Read More »
42 of 73 | Posted by: stephanie schnapp - monroe, MI

“First time I met Jeremy was at Mr ED's at Put in Bay . My girlfriend's and I were there for Halloween weekend. He was Friendly and funny . We had a...Read More »
43 of 73 | Posted by: patty palmer - OH

“Dear JerBear, Heaven is between us but thats not very far... I hope you know how many lives you touched I doubt there is a single soul on Earth whom...Read More »
44 of 73 | Posted by: Dominika - Poland - friend

“I only met Jeremy a few times in passing, but I know that his parents loved him dearly and he touched many lives. My sympathies to his family,...Read More »
45 of 73 | Posted by: Stacie Wenzel - Norwalk, OH

“Jer Bear always made ya smile no matter how bad a day you were having.. always a sweetheart and always a very respectful kid... may you be at peace...Read More »
46 of 73 | Posted by: lil deb - Oak Harbor, OH - friend

“jer ber was always a great person to be around he made my summer this year its had to believe he is gone he always had a smile on his face i always...Read More »
47 of 73 | Posted by: jellisa tolson - port clinton, OH

“JerBear will be greatly missed. He knew how shy I was and always knew just what to say to get me to smile and come out of my shell. I will miss his...Read More »
48 of 73 | Posted by: Katie Schnapp - Toledo, OH

“I don't know how many times I can remember that Jer would come into our place of work and just say hi or give a hug to his mom. Jer you are missed...Read More »
49 of 73 | Posted by: Bob and Debbie Cook - Put in Bay, OH

“Jer Bear was a great guy to be around. I'm glad I got to know him. Granted not as well as others but he was a really good guy. My thoughts and...Read More »
50 of 73 | Posted by: Kris K. Blomgren - Livonia, MI

“RIP Jer Bear gone way too soon but never forgotten! God give Ricky and debbie strength too get through this sad time. I know this is a tremendous...Read More »
51 of 73 | Posted by: Barbie Adams - tullahoma, TN

“Jer bear will always have a place in our hearts. He was such a wonderful person. You will be truly missed...<3 ”
52 of 73 | Posted by: Kayla Dehner - Monroe, MI

“I will never forget all of the great times we had together. . . . I love you my brother. .rest in peace Jer Bear. . Best Basketball player I ever...Read More »
53 of 73 | Posted by: Scott Seaberg - Pittsburgh, PA

“I will always remember Jeremy with a smile on his face. He was such a kind and loving person full of spirit in everything he did. He will be missed...Read More »
54 of 73 | Posted by: Mel Jump - Put-in-Bay, OH

“Jerbear was the person everyone wanted To be around. His positive attitude and smile Was contagious. Prayers to Rick, Debbie, and Heather. "throwin...Read More »
55 of 73 | Posted by: Shawna

“With such a tremendous loss comes tremendous pain, may God give you the strength to see it all through. Your son was loved and that is the direct...Read More »
56 of 73 | Posted by: Lucinda Blanton

“I have known Jeremy most of his life. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for Debbie and Rick. RIP Jer-Bear. ”
57 of 73 | Posted by: Cindy Dages - Beryl, UT - Friend

“So many great memories of hanging out and working with Jer. He was definitely one of the most accepting and best people ever. You will be missed by a...Read More »
58 of 73 | Posted by: Tom Lehmann - Reynoldsburg, OH

“Our deepest sympathy to Jer Bear's family. He was truly the nicest person we have ever met. He wil truly be missed. The Bay will never be the same....Read More »
59 of 73 | Posted by: JoAnn Novak - Fort Myers Beach, FL

“Deb & Rick , My you find comfort and support with your family and friends who love you and your son so very much. ”
60 of 73 | Posted by: Lisa Main-Reedy - Port Clinton, OH

“Jeremy loved everyone...he loved life and it showed. His sense of humor was infamous and he was always smiling:) Our Island Community will miss...Read More »
61 of 73 | Posted by: Suzanne Kostura - Put-in-Bay, OH

“Rest in Peace Pal! ”
62 of 73 | Posted by: Dale Danheiser - OH - Friend

“My deepest sympathy to Ricky, Debbie and all of Jeremy's family. I spent many summers with Jeremy cooking chicken, shucking corn, talking trash and...Read More »
63 of 73 | Posted by: Chris "Critter" Gee - Avon Lake, OH

“Jeremy you will be soo missed. The bar will never be the same without your. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Rick and Debbie. Words may not...Read More »
64 of 73 | Posted by: Crystal Hill - Millbury, OH

“I have many fond memories of working at the Roundhouse. It was during this time that I got to know Jeremy - an impressionable young man who looked...Read More »
65 of 73 | Posted by: Rich Riley - Strongsville, OH

“I've known Jer since the day he was born, he was a wonderful silly kid who grew into such a loving and kind person with the biggest heart of gold....Read More »
66 of 73 | Posted by: Robin Burris Cadez

“I have many wonderful memories of Jeremy from attending high school with him. He was alwasy so funny, sweet and kind. Rest in peace, Jer. Karen ”
67 of 73 | Posted by: Karen Diaz (Engel) - Orlando, FL

“You are going to be missed by many Jer Bear. You will always hold a special place in our hearts. No more cat tails or JerBear specials. Put-in-Bay...Read More »
68 of 73 | Posted by: Brandi - Temperance, MI - friend

“Jer Bear, When I think of you, a huge smile comes to me. I will miss you so much, but I can't help but to smile right along with you. Take care of...Read More »
69 of 73 | Posted by: Anne Spettel - Put-in-Bay, OH

“At least i know who will be my bartender in heaven. I have no doubts my beer will be opened and waiting for me with a smile and a fist bump. ”
70 of 73 | Posted by: Kevin Rookstool - Put-In-Bay, OH

“I knew Jeremy best when he was growing up. He was always kind and wore a smile. A great kid, an amazing athlete, and a nice guy. The island and...Read More »
71 of 73 | Posted by: Christine Ontko

“My deepest condolence to JerBear's family and so many friends... He will be so missed on Put-in-Bay. I will miss his big smile EVERY time he was...Read More »
72 of 73 | Posted by: Mary Jo Clair - FtLauderdale, FL

“I will miss going to Put in Bay and seeing your face behind the bar, it won't be the same. RIP Jeremy. ”
73 of 73 | Posted by: Lindsay

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Jer Bear grew up on North Bass Island until he was 10 years old. He attended the one room school house on the island until he finished the 4th grade. Jeremy was an avid sports fan. He especially followed the University of Michigan - GO BLUE!!!!!! He enjoyed playing basketball, playing baseball for" Mr. Ed's" ball team, working out and ice fishing. He was a 1996 graduate of Put in Bay High School and attended Tiffin University; according to his dad, he was only 3 credits short of graduation. He was a Bartender for Mr. Ed's Bar on Put in Bay. He worked his way up from "Bar Back" at age 18 to Bartender. He is survived by his parents Richard "Ricky" and Deborah "Debbie" (nee:Zura ) Harlan of Put in Bay, grandmother Jean (nee: Leach) Harlan of New London, OH, and loving companion Heather Findley of Port Clinton. His grandparents John and Geraldine (nee: Wolf) Zura and grandfather Robert E. Harlan are deceased.

The boat to go to North Bass Island will leave the dowtown Miller Dock at noon. We ask that you leave your cars at the Niagara Conference Center and take the bus. There is limited space, and Island Transportation will be shuttling people both ways.

The Miller Boat Line will be running extra boats on Wednesday. Please check their website at www.millerferry.com or facebook at miller ferry.

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