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Joseph D. Harney

Joseph Harney was born in Fargo, North Dakota in 1949 to Margaret Peggy Harney. He lived there and in Oklahoma and Missouri until he was a young teen-- before hopping freight trains and seeing much of the U.S. He "lived off the land" in the mountains of Idaho for two years. In 1974 he was camping in his old panel truck at Dog Beach in Sand Point, Idaho when he met his soon-to-be wife. When they married, he adopted her little toddler, Desiree, and began his trade as a carpenter. He honed his skills, becoming an incredible finish carpenter, taught himself to lay tile, and many other skills with his hands and brains, becoming a perfectionist in all. He was known for the quality of his work and his honesty. Later, when his wife and he divorced, Joe moved to Seattle where he worked with kitchen studios, building gorgeous kitchens and bathrooms. He also worked in Hawaii, and in the South after a hurricane caused devastation there.

His love and devotion to animals was unparalleled. Once your loyal pet met Joe, that pet was no longer just yours. When he dog-sat, animals would squeal and squirm in their cars as soon as they realized they were going to see Joe. Anyone wishing to do something nice in Joe's honor can donate to any humane society of animal shelter in his name. This would be exactly what he would want.

He is survived by his beloved daughter Desiree, his son-in-law Kevin, and his four adored grandchildren, Sophia, Ava, Elijah, and Stella, as well as his much loved aunt Pat Snyder, aunt Florence, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and three brothers, Sidney, Brady and Rodney.

Joe's many dear friends all agree that he was a gentle, kind, giving, incredibly special, funny, empathetic, soft-spoken, most unique man. All of us who knew him are lucky that he came into our lives; he was such a good person.

Joe's wishes were that his ashes be buried with the ashes of his beloved dogs. A celebration of his life is forthcoming, near the water, with those who loved him.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 21, 2013
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