Earle Richard (Rich) Harnett, age 46, of Colorado Springs, CO passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021.

He was born on July 21, 1974 at George AFB, CA. He is survived by his father, James R. Harnett and stepmother, Charlotte Harnett of Alamogordo, NM; mother, Safi Harnett of Alamogordo; brother, Mel Harnett (Somer); nephew, Toby; niece, Sydney of Colorado Springs; sister, Denise Pennington (Dean) of Ohio; stepsister, Kim Bowie (AZ); and uncle, Jack (Litty) Harnett of Quincy, FL.

Rich graduated from Alamogordo H.S. in 1992. He then joined the US Army and served for 4 years (from 1992-1996).

After his military service, he received his bachelor’s degree in IT management from Middle Tennessee State University, 2005. He later moved to Colorado Springs, and received his MBA from Colorado Technical University, 2009. Rich worked as an IT contractor for many years.

Among many hobbies Rich enjoyed everything outdoors such has hiking, camping, fishing and hunting. He was a foodie and enjoyed cooking as well as going to festivals and fairs. Rich had a passion for live music and good company. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. Rich was a 4×4 enthusiast who loved to take his Jeep out for a drive in the Colorado mountains.

A celebration of life memorial service with military honors will be held on Friday, April 23rd at the Shrine of Remembrance; 1730 E Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO at 10:00 am. A private inurnment will follow at Pikes Peak National Cemetery.  

Donations in Rich’s name can be made to Operation Second Chance (www.operationsecondchance.org). 

Please remember that due to COVID restrictions, masks must be worn at all times at the funeral home, and it is requested that all guests do their best to practice social distancing.

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  1. Mel, James, our hearts go out to you. There are no words for times like this. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Randy and Paula

  2. I will miss my dear friend We were friends on Facebook. He loved his cats just as I love mine. He was a good man. Any time a man loves cats he has to be one good man. I will miss seeing his picture everyday Connie RIP my friend. Love you

  3. I met Richard when he was a little boy visiting his grandmother Bertha Harnett in Tamoa. Have been on Facebook with him for awhile. I will miss his humor.

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