Beloved husband and father, Harlan W. Abbott, of Burlington, Washington passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at Island Hospital in Anacortes, WA. He had just celebrated his 79th birthday the previous Friday at a local restaurant with his family.
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Harlan was born on April 16, 1931 in Olympia, Washington, the son of Raymond Lewis and Audra Mae (Watson) Abbott.
He resided in the Olympia area until 1939 when his father became a stockholder in the newly started Anacortes Veneer Company in Anacortes and they moved to a house on 12th street.
Harlan graduated from Anacortes High School in 1949 with a desire to become a sports radio announcer. He continued his education at Skagit Valley College and graduated on May 31, 1952.
Harlan married his high school sweetheart, Mary Joan McGill, on June 21, 1952 and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family at Pacific City, Oregon, in 2002.
Soon after his marriage to Mary he joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea until his discharge in 1954. After his discharge from the Army he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for a short time. When the Shell Oil refinery started up on March Point in 1955 he was hired as a refinery operator. "Hark", as his fellow workers called him, worked in operations in Zone-C until his retirement in 1988. He was a charter member of the OCAW Local 591 Union when it was organized and was a member for 33 years.
After retiring, Harlan and his wife spent quite a bit of time traveling in their camper both locally and around the United States. They also traveled out of the country to Australia and New Zealand.
Harlan enjoyed sports tremendously and was always a wealth of knowledge both past and present in sports. It wasn't unusual for him to get a call from the guys at work asking for a sports score or statistical question. He was a multiple winner of the Anacortes American "Guest Guesser" weekly sports contest.
Harlan's other passion was singing and his melodious Christian tenor voice could be heard in the Anacortes First Methodist church choir. He also sang with the Anachords Barbershop chorus for over 40 years.
Harlan was a wonderful father to his three children, Wayne Abbott, Margie Schriener, and David Abbott; his grandchildren, Robin Ozaki, Kevin Abbott, Kristen Dahmer, Alex Schriener, Tim Schriener, William Abbott and Marcus Abbott, were a delight to his life and they could always count on grandpa's attendance at their sporting events. He is also survived by four great- grandchildren. This sweet gentle man will be missed dearly by all.
A graveside memorial service with military honors, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America by contacting them at 866-232-8484 or at their web address: www.alzfdn.org.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel & Crematory of Anacortes. To share memories of Harlan, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on May 4, 2010