HOWARD E. HARVILL
1948 - 2013
Howard E. Harvill, beloved father and grandfather, joined his angel and soulmate Loan on August 10 after a year long battle with kidney cancer.
Howard was born in Glen Cove, NY he lived most of his life in California including 15 years in Brawley. He spent the last 10 years of his life in Myrtle, Oregon. Howard graduated from Ventura High School and entered the Army at age 19. As a Sergeant, he served as a combat squad leader with the 101st Airborne Infantry during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service to our country. During his tour in Vietnam, he met the love of his life Loan. After his tour was over, he worked until he earned enough money so he could return to Vietnam and marry her. Together they returned to California to start their lives together. They were married for 35 years until Loan's passing in 2005.
Howard was a devoted family man who enjoyed spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. One of the most cherished memories for the grandkids was spending the summers at Papa Howard's house where he taught them to shoot, ride ATVs and took them fishing and camping. He was a proud pipe welder until his retirement. He also had many interests and hobbies during his life including primitive long bow making, kayaking, beekeeping, windsurfing and hunting. He also earned his yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do this year.
He is survived by his two daughters, Mai Harvill of Sacramento, CA and Tina Cardenas of Indio, CA along with his son-in-law, Salvador Cardenas; and three grandchildren, Junior, Caitlin and Sebastian Cardenas.
His family would like to thank the Portland VA hospital especially his oncologist Dr. Graff and her staff and the VA staff at the Roseburg, OR clinic for their compassionate care.
A celebration of Howard's life will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 2pm in Indio, CA. For more information please call 760-347-7872.