Stephen Ray Harriger

August 17th, 1952May 14th, 2022

Stephen Ray Harriger departed this life on May 14th, 2022, peacefully in his sleep while anticipating a fishing trip with his son. If you knew Steve at all, dreaming of catching "Walter" was exactly how he would have wanted to go.

He was a larger than life presence both in stature and in story-telling. If you were seated next to Steve, you were guaranteed some good stories about cars and fishing, usually involving either his dad or his children. He was a family man always.

Steve was a member of Lafayette and Erie communities for 40 odd years, running his auto repair shop most days, always willing to lend an ear to both your car problems and your life stories. He was patient, generous with his time, big hearted, and well liked, except by telemarketers whom he yelled at with great regularity!

He leaves behing his broken-hearted family, his beloved wife of 36 years, Carol; his mother Delores; his daughter, Audrey; sons, Joel (Amanda), Cory (Michelle), Tim (Cheryl); his brothers, Jim, John, and Eddie; and his grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and so many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Steve by having your car checked over by a good an honest mechanic. Or drop a line in a lake with a loved one and see if you spot "Walter!"...we know that is where Steve is right now.


Steve did not want a funeral, he was quite adamant about it. So the family will be holding a celebration of Steve's life later this year. Please keep an eye out for more details.








I'm so very saddened to learn of Steve's passing. I just heard this when I called to speak to him about a car repair. I have been taking my vehicles to him for many years. He was a very kind honest man and one coud tell he loved his family dearly because he always spoke with endearment and had a sparkle in his eyes when he spoke about them. I will miss our chats that we had when I continue to have my car serviced at his shop. Wishing comfort to his family.
I just found out Steve passed away. Steve was one of my favorite people. He was my mechanic for years until I moved to New Mexico. I would not buy a car unless Steve Worked on it. We would talk about fishing and being outdoors. His smile was contagious and had a wonderful personality. I will miss him.......I know I am a better person for knowing Steve! I will definitely drown a fly in his name and hope to catch Walter. Karen Rose Los Alamos, New Mexico