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Craig Harmon

Cedar Rapids

Craig Kenneth Harmon, 67, passed away after a sudden heart attack at his home in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral
Home, 1825 W. 12th St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613. The funeral also will be held there at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, north of Cedar Falls on Waverly Road.
Memorials may be directed to the family c/o Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home.
Craig will be missed very much by his family. Surviving are his wife, Marsha; two children, Suzanne (James) Stenson O'Brien, Minneapolis, and Matthew (Natascha) Harmon, Minneapolis; one stepdaughter, Kari (Curt) Rozeboom, Port Byron, Ill.; his father, C. Kenneth Harmon, Crystal, Minn.; a sister, Konni (Steve) Finical, Golden Valley, Minn.; and five grandchildren, Axel Stenson, Bradley Litz Jr., Emma O'Brien, Noah Rozeboom and Sydni Rozeboom.
Craig was preceded in death by his mother, Helene Van Mill Harmon; and an infant son, Jon Harmon.
Craig attended Kingsley Elementary School in Waterloo, Cedar Heights Elementary in Cedar Falls and then Peet Junior High and Cedar Falls High School (class of 1965). He married Jacklyn Breithaupt of Cedar Falls in October 1963. They were later divorced.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 and was assigned to the Key Largo radar station in Florida. He proceeded to Fort Monmouth, N.J., for an AT&T school for the Signal Corps, a communication link between Vietnam and Washington, D.C. He was later assigned to Phu Lam in Vietnam and served a total of three years with an honorable discharge in 1968 as corporal in the United States Army.
He attended the University of Iowa, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in economics and international relations, and married Jane Ihry of Royal, Iowa. They also were later divorced.
Craig was a visionary and pioneer in technology, first at Northwestern Bell, inventing the first "2400 Baud Modem," and later, with Norand Corporation in Cedar Rapids. In 1981, he founded QED Systems, a consulting firm providing education and standards development for automatic identification technologies, such as bar codes (found on packages), two-dimensional symbols, such as the QR code and PDF 417 (found on driver's licenses), radio frequency identification (RFID) and real time locating systems (RTLS).
He wrote several books, articles and papers on the various technologies. Most notably, he was the author of Reading Between The Lines - An Introduction to Bar Code Technology. More copies of the text have been sold than any other book relating to bar code technology.
Craig was the recognized leader of numerous standards organizations, the founder of JTC 1/SC 31; he chaired numerous committees, founded many groups, served as a subject matter expert and expert witness and helped develop the Federal Express package tracking system. He was a well-known speaker and enjoyed traveling the world while developing technology standards for the United States, Europe and, most recently, Asia, and giving educational presentations for members of the industry he loved. His most recent foray was to harmonize "The Internet of Things," the accelerating development of connected information systems that work together in our physical world, like info systems for cars, refrigerators, home utility systems, watches, etc.
Craig will be missed throughout the industry and by his many friends and colleagues worldwide.