Harlan W. Updike

April 17, 1945 ‒ September 06, 2016

Fredericktown, Ohio

Harlan W. Updike, age 71, of Fredericktown, OH, passed away on Tuesday, September 06, 2016 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH.  He was born on April 17, 1945 in Mount Vernon, OH, to the late Dean and Iris (Zolman) Updike. 

Harlan’s life revolved around Drag Racing and spent the majority of his time committed to it.  He was a long time club member of Pacemakers, and spend many hours out there perfecting his craft.  Cars were his love and he loved going to car shows throughout the country.  He enjoyed working on old cars and tinkering with hot rods. 

He is survived by his son, Joe (Andi) Updike; and grandson, Alex Updike.

Besides his parents, Harlan is preceded in death by his former wife, Peggy Updike. 

Calling hours will be held on Monday, September 12, 2016 from 10 am until 11 am at the Snyder Funeral Home; 33 East College Street, Fredericktown, OH 43019. A committal service will follow at Rich Hill Cemetery in Centerburg, OH. 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Knox County; 17700 Coshocton Ave. Mount Vernon, OH, 43050. 

To view this obituary or leave the family a memory, visit:  www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Harlan W. Updike. 

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  • prayers to the family…..I knew Harlan from the track Pacemakers…..he was a great person……he will be missed……

  • Prayers to the family.
    Harlan will be up there stirring up the thunder,
    so we will know he’s there!
    He will be greatly missed. Hugs Harlan and much love.
    Sharon (Smith)

  • First met Harlan in the sixties…of course at Pacemakers. NHRA stockers were his passion. Both racing and humanity is better off because Harlan was with us.

  • Remember his smiles and him always being a kind person thru my drag racing years.
    He’s gone to what I like to think of as ‘drag race Heaven’.
    Tell Bill I said hello, Harlan.
    Sheila Allard.

  • So sorry for your loss, he will be missed, Charley and Harlan were best friends thru the years, We will miss him. Their Tuesday get together especially.
    Judy Goare

  • Sorry to here about Harlan’s passing. He was a wealth of knowledge when I was growing up working on my ol’ Gran Torino. He was a good man and will be missed.

  • I have lots of great memories of you dad, Joe. From ALL the years at Pacemakers,and the trips to Indy and Carlisle,Pa. I will always consider him a good friend who would do anything he could to help someone out.
    Darren Collins

  • Joe, Andi, and Alex, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My prayers will be with you. Love you, Aunt Charlotte

  • Our sympathy to all of Harland’s family on his passing. Many memories of many races with Harland. Sincerely Bill and NancyWeakley

  • So sorry for your loss. Remembered Harlen from when he would service the vending machines at my Dad’s service station when I was a kid. And later when we would see him at the car shows. Always enjoyed talking to him.
    Love and prayers.
    Randy and Shelly Whited Kemmer and Family