Harold Lee Harriman -Merritt Island - Harold L. Harriman passed away Thursday, December 10, 2009. He was born September 26, 1918 to Francis Marian Harriman and Nora Ellen (Wilson) Harriman on a farm near Alluwe, OK. His family moved to another farm in Eldridge, MO, where he grew up. He was the middle child of the family. Along with his sisters, Eva Mae (Harriman) Maddux and Helen Marie (Harriman) Hoppis, he attended a one room school house at Mountain Creek School, and later went to Lebanon High School in the nearby town of Lebanon, Missouri. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman Apprentice and rose in the ranks. When Harold Harriman made the rank of Lieutenant he married Lorene Bradshaw, who was from Lebanon, MO. After thirty years in the Navy, three wars, (World War II, Korea and Vietnam), many cruises and being based in two foreign countries, (Japan and Morocco, Africa) he retired from the Navy as a Commander. Then he started his second career with General Electric as a Configuration Management Specialist with the GE Apollo Systems. After ten years with this department GE made him a consultant and then sent him on assignments to help in personnel disputes in its different divisions. While Harold was with GE, his wife Lorene be came a independent Shaklee distributor and built a business. After five years of doing consulting work for GE Harold quit his job and started his third career by joining his wife in building her business. Harold Hariman had many interests in life. He had hobbies in carpentry, painting and clog dancing. He believed in keeping a positive outlook in life. He was not afraid to try new things. He said I can do it, maybe not as good as someone else, but I can do it. He also believed that we each have to have a mental and physical challenge or we atrophy. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Chapter 14, the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Harriman Family Association, the NRA and the Navy League. He was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Nora Harriman; his sister, Eva Maddux; wife, Lorene Harriman; and nephew, Bill Maddux. Survivors include his sister, Marie Hoppis; daughter, May-Ellen Swank; son- in-law, Richard Swank; grandson, Aaron Swank; nephew, Del Hoppis and his family; niece, Cathy Wagner and her son Spencer; great niece, Abbey Foreman; great nephews, Will and Jeff Maddux and all their families. Calling hours will be from 6 - 8 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2009 at Florida Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 19th at Divine Mercy Catholic Community in Merritt Island.
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Dec. 13, 2009