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His family plans to spread his ashes near Wenona Beach, where he performed for decades. 11, 1913, Jarkey's career in show business started during the Great Depression when he emceed walkathons and human endurance contests where couples danced nonstop for hundreds of hours.

He eventually transitioned to nightclubs where he became a popular comic that toured along the East Coast and Midwest regions.

Linda Jarkey described her summers in Bay City as some of her best memories growing up.

"We were there every summer, which was like a fantasy for a child growing up," she said.

He was recognized as an honorary mayor of the city after his run at the casino.

"When I first came to Bay City the water was clean and sex was dirty. Jarkey was initially dating Jennie Marchione's roommate, before falling in love with his future wife of 27 years.But it was the three decades, beginning in the mid-1930s, spent headlining shows at the Wenona Beach Casino in Bay City on the Saginaw Bay where Jarkey left his mark, becoming a summer tradition for several generations of fans.Jarkey's last full season came in 1963 and the casino closed shortly after.He bubbles and bounces all over the place telling jokes, playing his horn and guitar, and for Jarkey fans, it's all funny." The Saginaw News wrote, "Harry, it seems, can work under any situation and for any length of time.He's witty and fast, and goes from subject to subject to keep you laughing because he's 'tuned-in' to his audience." While still in show business, Jarkey lived in Sterling Heights, but called Bay City his hometown."It was the best of times in my career," Jarkey told The Bay City Times in 1977."I toured all winter, but everything stopped in time for Memorial Day, opening in Bay City, with shows every night in the casino and a summer at the shore with the family." At the height of his career in the 1940s, the Detroit Free Press called the comedian's show, Jarkey Power, a "raffish good humor coupled with an onion chopper salesmanship delivery that can never be ignored.In 1956, he signed on with the Detroit television station WXYZ to host "Our Friend Harry," a two-hour morning variety show.Three years later, he hosted "Fun House," a Saturday morning game show for kids, also on the TV station.While the sisters admired their father's work, they quickly realized that show business wasn't as glamorous as it appeared on stage."He was away from home a lot when he was on the circuit," she said. My sister and I knew we didn't want that kind of life." Last August, in Palms Desert, California, Jarkey's family threw a 100th birthday party for the entertainer.