Milton-Freewater, Oregon, resident Larry Elwood Harshman, 67, passed away August 5, 2012, at his home following four years of a courageous battle of cancer.
Larry was born March 29, 1945, in Pendleton, Oregon, to Buel Clare and Maxine Zoe Way Harshman. He graduated from Dayton (Washington) High School in 1963. Larry was a veteran of the Vietnam War and suffered a severe head injury in service of his country. He was in a coma for three months and paralyzed on his right side. While in the service he received a Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantrymans Badge, Sharpshooter (Rifle M-4), and Marksman (Pistol .45 Cal) awards.
In spite of his injuries from the service, he managed, with help, to put in seventeen acres of grapes on his property. He enjoyed family and friends and liked having people around him. He was a great cribbage player and enjoyed winning. He will be remembered as a giving person who gave to people less fortunate than himself.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Eagles.
Larry is survived by his son, Todd Harshman; his sister, Nancy Ward; his stepsister, Jean Powell; his brother, Jerry Harshman; his stepbrother, Colin Pagura; his half-brother, Pat Jensen; his half-sister, Micki Winnett; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary Harshman.
The memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the V.F.W. Grant Farmer Post #992, 102 N. Colville Street, Walla Walla, Washington. The graveside service and inurnment with military honors will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2012, in the Heppner Masonic Cemetery, Heppner, Oregon.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.