June 7, 1923 - July 9, 2014
Ernest Bates "Bud" Harmon passed away peacefully at home while sleeping in the early hours of Wednesday, July 9. He was born in Lynn, MA to Stanley & Vivian B. Harmon. Bud grew up in MA and was drafted by the Army in 1943 at the age of 19 during his freshman year in college. He proudly served in WWII for close to 3 years before being wounded in combat in Belgium – Bud always liked to tell people that he was "shot in the a$$". He was honorably discharged at the age of 22 after having served in The Battle Of The Bulge and having been awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Marksmen Medal, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, European Theater Campaign Ribbon with 2 Service Stars, & a WWII Victory Medal. After Bud returned home from WWII he used the GI Bill to earn his Bachelor's Degree at Tufts University.
When Bud met Rhoda in 1946 he thought she was the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen. Their marriage of 64 years began in 1948. Rhoda initially fell in love with Bud because he was a good dancer and the two of them enjoyed ballroom dancing for many years together. Bud & Rhoda moved to Anaheim in 1956 with their two children, Stephen & Bradford. In 1969, the family relocated to Concord, CA where they settled for the past 45 years. Bud volunteered at the VA Hospital in Martinez, CA for nearly 25 years donating more than 17,000 hours to assist other Veterans.
Bud is survived by his son Stephen, & five Grandchildren: Nida Barnett & her husband Mike, Brad Harmon & his wife Kimberly, Deney Harmon & his wife Corie, Dustin Harmon & his wife Tamishia, and Trent Harmon. He is also survived by seven Great-Grandchildren and his sister Ginny Snow of NH. Bud is predeceased by his youngest Son, Bradford, and his loving wife, Rhoda.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VA Voluntary Services, Community Living Center, 150 Muir Road, Martinez, CA 94553, MS 135 in memory of Bud Harmon.
Friends & family are invited to a Wake on Tuesday July 15, 2014 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm and a funeral service on Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 10:30am with a reception afterward at the Inspiration Chappell. All services will be held at Oakmont Memorial Park
2099 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, CA 94549.
Published in Contra Costa Times on July 13, 2014