Harold George Markey, husband, father, grandfather and friend, died peacefully at home in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday evening, April 29, 2014 at the age of 89. He leaves his wife, Marilyn Ann (nee Vershure); children, Bruce Roy, Lisa Lynn, Brian James and Craig George; daughters-in-law, Kristi and Debbie; grandchildren, Allison, Rachel, Daniel, Matt, Chris, Veronica and Sean; and great-grandchildren, Max and Maeve. Harold was born in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin to George and Mary Markey. He toured the world as a rangefinder with the U.S. Navy during World War II and, upon returning home, met the girl next door to his parents, who became his wife of 63 years. After graduating with a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the couple settled in southern California where Harold began his career with North American Aviation. He specialized in communication electronics and held several patents with NAA before continuing his work with IBM, where he managed the development of cutting edge technologies and held numerous additional patents. His career with IBM took the Markey family to homes as far ranging as California and New York to Maryland and North Carolina. After retiring, Harold divided his time between North Carolina and his Stillaguamish River retreat in Oso, Washington where he enjoyed gardening, hiking, frequent wildlife encounters, and keeping up with his neighbors on Whitman Road. Harold was an avid golfer and spent many mornings at the Gleneagle Golf Course in Arlington, Washington. Other interests included travel to Kenya, Africa where he safaried multiple times; and time spent each February in Mazatlán, Mexico with his sister, Marion and her husband, John Kassis (both deceased). Harold loved family gatherings, the antics of his cat, musicals, cocktails (always in a juice glass), sparring about money, and breakfast, his favorite meal. He will be remembered for his wry sense of humor, his abundant generosity and his special way of showing he loved each of us, just for who we are. Family and friends will come together at the end of May in Raleigh to celebrate Harold's life. Memorial donations in Harold's honor may be made to Operation Catnip, Inc (operationcatnip.org), PO Box 90744, Raleigh, NC 27675.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on May 7, 2014