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Earl F. Harden, once owned speedway <br> March 12, 1929 -- Dec. 10, 2006

Earl F. Harden, a retired Grief Brothers official and former owner of Ransomville Speedway, died Sunday at home, surrounded by family while under care of Niagara Hospice. He was 77.

The Somerset native was a graduate of Youngstown High School.

Mr. Harden was employed at Grief Brothers, Niagara Falls, where he began as a laborer. He retired as industrial plant superintendent in 1995 after 43 years of service.

A stock car racing enthusiast, he was one of the original owners of Ransomville Speedway.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, the former Eunice M. Robertson; four sons, Wayne E., Rodney, Rick and Leonard; and two daughters, Cheryl Hina and Joy E. Taczak.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday in Bible Presbyterian Church of Grand Island, 1650 Love Road.

[WINCHESTER]

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