Harold Lester Shimek, 75, passed away peacefully in Klamath Falls Aug. 16, 2014, with his wife of 47 years at his side. Harold had battled Parkinson's disease for many years. He was born and raised on his family farm near Mandan, N.D. After high school graduation, he left the farm to join the Air Force, where he became a survival instructor. He was very proud of his five years of service, and those who have heard his stories know that he was slightly tougher than Rambo. Harold went to college at Dickinson State and obtained his master's of education degree at Eastern Washington University. His teaching career began at Altamont Elementary School as a sixth grade teacher. Six years later, he became an elementary school principal, serving the majority of his career at Henley Elementary School. He was an active member in the Klamath Falls community for 47 years, serving in many community groups, including United Way, where he served as the 38th president. He loved kids and filled in for Santa Claus many times, making sure that local kids could send their wishes to the North Pole. Harold also spent many years working with close friends, supporting the American Cancer Society and local special education through the Sagebrush Rendezvous Art Show. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending much of his time camping, fishing and hunting. He spent countless days fishing and duck hunting with his son, David. Harold was an amazing husband, dad and friend, always making time for family and friends. He retired at a young age, and he and his wife, Betty, spent time traveling in their motorhome and living life to its fullest, enjoying each other, family and friends. In his latter years, Harold most enjoyed the daily tradition of "old guy" coffee with a great group of friends. Survivors include his wife, Betty; son, David; daughter-in-law, Judy; granddaughter, Isabel; grandson, Carson; brother, Raymond and family; sister, Carlene Bondeson and family; brothers-in-law, Jerold Follmer and family and Roger Follmer; sisters-in-law, Delores, Judy and Patricia; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. We are happy that Harold has been reunited in heaven with his daughter, Kristin; brothers, Charles, Larry and Ronald. A memorial service will be in Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4431 S. Sixth St., Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or a
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Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd
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Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Published in Herald And News on Aug. 20, 2014