Darren “Scotty” Harness, 61, passed away on Wednesday December 22, 2020 at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.
He was born in LaPorte, Indiana on April 30, 1959 to Roland Durante and Elaine Ethel (Wright) Harness.
In 1992 he moved into Birkey Street group home ran by Cardinal Services. He enjoyed his time there with his roommates and many loved staff members over the years. His roommates and support staff became family. He loved going for long walks and bus rides. He enjoyed many picnics and going to local Chinese restaurants. He spent many hours working on puzzles and rearranging the furniture.
Over Scotty’s 28 years at Birkey St. he had many staff that became family. His “bonus sisters” Kristie Redman and Marylee Jones were always there to accompany him on an adventure. They spent many hours driving to local parks and zoos to take Scotty on the walks and picnics he loved so much.
In 2016 Joshua and Debra Wood became Scotty’s guardians. Adding “bonus siblings” Jordan, Zander, and Annaliese Wood to Scotty’s family. This also officially added Amy and Lawrence Harner as “bonus grandma and grandpa.” He loved doing puzzles with the kids, eating Chinese food for Christmas dinner, and boat rides with his extended family.
In October of 2020 he was moved to a group home managed by Dungarvin, where he lived the last two months of his life.
Friends are welcome on Wednesday January 13, 2021 from 5-6 p.m. at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. A Memorial Service will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Robert Puhr officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to Birkey St. Group home/Cardinal Services 504 N Bay Dr. Warsaw, IN 46580 or by volunteering your time at a local group home to be impacted by the love and connection that Scotty and his roommates have contribute to our lives.