Dwight E. Harshbarger|
Dwight Harshbarger, beloved husband & father, passed away 7/25/2013 in Seattle at the age of 81. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Judy; his son, Steve (wife, Kim); his daughter, Linda (partner, Gunter Offner); two grandchildren, Mark & Madolyn; and two siblings, Judy Wooters & Ron Harshbarger. Although we rejoice in his freedom, he will be missed.
Dwight was born on the family homestead in Lanesboro, Iowa. His passion for education led him to earn a B.A. from Buena Vista College and a Master's Degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Iowa.
Following his military service, they relocated to Yakima, WA in 1962 where he began his career at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. They adopted their two children and moved to Seattle in 1966 when Dwight accepted a position with WA State Hospital Association. After many years as C.O.O. with Northwest Hospital, he moved on as C.E.O. of 5th Avenue, West Seattle, and United General Hospitals. He continued his career consulting on a multitude of projects before officially retiring in 2004.
Dwight cherished his family and made it a priority to support them in all their lifelong activities, schooling, and careers. He was active in his church, University Presbyterian, as well as the local Lion's Club. He was a leader and teacher who believed that his greatest wealth was in the form of his relationships and service to others.
Alzheimer's claimed his gifted mind, but not his generous heart nor cheerful disposition. He was much loved at Aegis of Northgate and we are grateful for their care of him these last three years.
Those wishing to make a contribution in his name are invited to donate to Project Side-by-Side through University Presbyterian Church. This program cares for families with seriously ill children and has long been supported by the Harshbarger family.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church located at 4540 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105. A reception will follow the service at the church.
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 4, 2013