Obituary Listings


July 15, 1925 October 14, 2018
There are condolences waiting approval on HARRY's Tribute wall

Harry Karagosian passed away October 14, 2018, with his family around him. Born in Pontiac, MI on July 15, 1925, he was the son of Setrag and Mary (nee Henegian) Karagosian. Starting as a young schoolboy, until he was out of school and drafted into the US Army, Harry worked at any job possible – selling apples with his father, newspapers, setting bowling pins, laboring in Pontiac Motor Car, Co., anything to help his family through the terrible years of the Great Depression. His one great joy, as a little boy in those years, was to spend a nickel to attend a movie with a bag of popcorn on Saturday

During WWII, as a Corporal in the 7th Armored Infantry Unit of the U.S. Army, he was wounded in action soon after landing in France. Harry was captured and spent the rest of the war locked up many months as a POW. Returning after the war, he resumed working for Pontiac as a toolmaker.

He married Florence E. Karagozian and became a hard working family man. Endowed with strong entrepreneurial skills, he began selling watches and rings to fellow shop employees. He learned the jewelry craft from a friend in the business, and began a business in the basement of his home. Upward and onward, as an accomplished jeweler, Harry and Florence moved from the basement and opened their store in Sylvan Lake, co-founding Karagosian Jewelers, where he became a successful businessman in the community.

In his leisure time, Harry loved to travel with his family, and always enjoyed stopping in an exciting casino. But the greens always captured him for a good game as an avid golfer.

Harry was a kind and loving father, who taught honesty and work ethics to his sons. By example, he wanted them to live within reason, to be accountable and always be an asset, never dependent. Above all, Harry placed respect for family as a high pinnacle in life. However, with his generous spirit, Harry always looked back to help others along the way.
It can be said that Harry Karagosian leaves his loved ones a fine example of hard work, honesty, love and respect.

Beloved husband of the late Florence E. Karagosian. Dearest father of Robert Karagosian, Tim (Robin) Karagosian, David (Dawn) Karagosian, Harry Karagosian, Jr. Cherished grandfather of Robert, Jr., Amanda and Jason, Anthony, T.J. and Leah, Audrey and Adam, Dana and Mark, Tammi and Steve, Andrea, Emilie. Great-grandchildren, Joshua, Giana, Nora, Talia, Gwen. Devoted brother of Alice (the late Zorek)Mavian; and many other relatives and friends.

In State October 18, 2018, Thursday from 10am until time of Funeral Service at 11:00am in St. John Armenian Church, 22001 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI. followed by U.S. Army Military Honors. Interment White Chapel.

The family suggests memorial to St. John Armenian Church.

Kindly click on "Share a Memory" and leave a remembrance/condolence here to share with his family and friends

Please deliver all flowers DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH on Thursday before 10am. THANK YOU

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of HARRY KARAGOSIAN, please visit our Tribute Store.


Create new album
Subscribe To Obituaries

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.

Thank you for sharing your
memory of HARRY

Provide comfort by sending fresh
flowers from our local florist.

Send Flowers
No thanks, please don't show me this again.