Harmon Rudolph Harmon, age 91, left this world to join his wife of 66 yrs., Louise Moore Harmon on January 24, 2014. Born in Martin Co. Kentucky, January 4, 1923. Raised by loving grandparents, Uriah and Betty Gauze Harmon. He was a proud Marine during WWII with the 4th Marine Division B Company-the first division to go directly into combat from the States. He fought on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart while helping to save the company medic. He was an outstanding baseball player playing for various local teams in Kentucky and West Virginia. He also played for the 4th Marine Division and the Baltimore Orioles Organization. He moved on to softball for years at Berliner and in Bonita Springs Florida. His most important accomplishment was his family. He and Louise were married in 1945 upon his return from the war. They had two daughters, Diana Lynn Harmon and Deborah Harmon Poe who became teachers like their mother and grandmother. He was "Pap" to four grandchildren, Harmon Christopher, Jordan Diana, Justin Rudolph and Kaylyn Louise. He is also survived by his 95 yr. old sister, Virginia, of Charlottesville, Va.; and half-brother and sisters in Florida and Texas. A special thank you to the staff of Heartland Hospice for their kind care. Family will receive friends Tuesday from 1 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. at the O. R. WOODYARD CO. CHAPEL, 1346 S. High Street. Private interment to follow at Concord Cemetery, Grove City. www.orwoodyard.com
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O.R. Woodyard Funeral Home - South Chapel
1346 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43207
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 26, 2014