HAROLD ISAAC CARVER
April 13, 1915 - April 16, 2013
Harold Carver, a Farmer, Barber, WWII Fighter Pilot, FDA Inspector, Lt. Col in The Air Force Reserves retired at age 60 to become an organic farmer on his lot & hillside in La Conchita Village for 35 more years. He and his late wife, Alyce, survived the two huge landslides and continued to live in their beloved home. Harold was a wonderful father, husband, family member and friend to all. Harold, 98, lived a wonderful life, sometimes harder than others but always felt blessed to have been given so much luck and happiness.
In the early days Harold and his brothers, Don & Dwight, and sister, Vivian, struggled as they worked so hard with their parents, Joda and Lula, on their farms in Spencer County, Indiana.
During part of the Great Depression, Harold worked in FDR's CCC for a summer near the Feather River in the Sierra Nevadas and for a year building a dam for a recreational lake in Indiana. He kept $5 a month and the rest went to his parents during those tough times.
He went to barber school and made a living cutting hair before WWII. Once the War was imminent, he and his brother, Don, hitchhiked to Canada to join the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Later they transferred back to the US Army Air Corp where they got their wings. Harold became a fighter pilot and was stationed at Steeple Morden Base in Cambridgeshire, England. He had 53 missions protecting the B-24 Bomber in his favorite plane, the P-47 Thunderbolt Because of his barber days, his ThunderBolt was named the Indian Clipper. On his first mission in a P-51 Mustang he was shot down over Germany on March 16, 1944. He was a POW in Stalag Luft I for 15 months near the end of WWII. He cut hair in the prison camp for cigarettes which he later traded for a camera once released from the POW prison.
After the War he met & married Charlotte Wolfer. They moved to Fort Collins, CO where they had two children, Phil & Nita. He went to college there where he received his degree in Agriculture Economics. He was the first person in his family to receive a degree. He worked for Safeway meat packing and was transferred to K.ansas City, where he later got a job as an FDA inspector. He was on the road half the time and was also in the Air Force Reserves for 20 years. He took his family on many wonderful camping trips.
Later in life he met and married Alyce Dean who brought two more children into his life, Paul and Sue Dean. Harold & Alyce shared 35 wonderful years together. They helped design and oversee the building of their beautiful La Conchita home overlooking Rincon Point and the Pacific Ocean. He was proud to have a solar water heater installed IN 1978. It is still working. Harold treasured every day he lived in the lovely Micro Climate of La Conchita. They had many fun friends in La Conchita where they played and partied.
Just recently Harold was reunited with his WWII love, Marjorie Terry Smith, who he had not seen or spoken to in 67 years. The reunion, on Oct 6th, 2012, in Virginia, with her family and his, was precious. Since the reunion, they kept in touch over the phone.
Harold will be remembered by his Brother, Donald Carver, his children, Phil (Marie), Nita (Craig), Paul (Linda), Sue, his 8 Grandchildren; Robbie, Laura (Jay), Leslianne, Sarah,
Jason (Sarah), Joe Bob, Rory, and Kayla. He was so proud to have 2 Great Grandkids, Elsie and Emmett. He was also loved by his former son-in-law, Jake Amar & his former daughter in law, Jane Silbernagel. He will be missed by his many family members and beloved friends.
Harold's luck stayed with him until the end, as he was surrounded by family, friends and loving caregivers. His dream of dying at home with his beautiful view of the sea materialized. He was grateful to have the loving care from Janell Beck who managed to keep him out of a nursing home for 4 years. She took wonderful care of him, took him on adventures and shared Holidays with him. He was also blessed to receive the loving and gentle care the last 3 months of his life from his Hospice Caregiver, Ramona Noble.
Visitation Saturday, April 20, 2013, 4-7 P.M. Funeral Service Sunday, April 21, 2013 11:00 A.M. Both will be at Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, 1075 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo CA 93010 (805) 482-1166
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, local chapter (805)437-2100, 400 West Ventura Blvd, Suite 145, Camarillo, CA 93010.
Published in Pasadena Star-News from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2013