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Archie Harold (Hal) Harmon Jr.

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Passed away on March 12, 2015 at Mesa, AZ.

He was born on March 28, 1930 in Earlsboro, Oklahoma. His mother was born in the Indian Territory of the Oklahoma Badlands in 1900. Hal is a registered member to the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. His family moved to Yuba City, California in 1942, where he was raised. He was in the class of 1948 at Yuba City High School.

He joined the Navy after high school as an Aerographer's Mate (Weatherman) and served two years on Guam before being discharged the first time. He was the first reservist from Sutter and Yuba counties to be recalled back for the Korean war in 1950. After he was discharged, he came back to Yuba City and joined the Yuba City Police Department for three years.

In 1955, he went to work for the Aerojet General Corporation, a rocket development company. He spent ten years with the company at it's Sacramento and Azusa headquarters as a Senior Customer Relations Representative. IN 1965, he left Aerojet to go into business for himself.

In the next ten years, he and his wife, Scarlett, developed and sold 14 different companies, mainly handling women's products (beauty shops and hair products, cosmetics, health clubs, modeling schools and agencies.) He loved building companies but didn't like working with employees (that was Scarlett's job) so as soon as a company started making money, he would sell it as a "Turnkey" operation and go build another one.

In 1975, Hal and Scarlett sold the last of their California companies and moved to St. Joseph, Missouri. Scarlett made Hal promise not to start any new companies, but that didn't last very long. By 1990, they owned nine farms, four trucking companies, a modeling school and several apartment houses. In 1995, they sold everything except the farmland, which is in a Trust for the Shriner's Children's Hospital, and moved to Leisure World in Mesa, Arizona.

He leaves behind his wife, Scarlett; two sons, Anthony and Gregory, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict.

He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Shriner.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Ullrey Memorial Chapel. Graveside, Masonic services, will be conducted Friday, March 20, 2015, at 10:00 A.M. at Sutter Cemetery. Military Honors by the U.S. Navy. Arrangement under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2015
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