Harold J. Wellman
1924 - 2020
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Harold J. Wellman

Mt. Angel - Harold J. Wellman passed away peacefully on June 21st, surrounded by his wife and the love of his family. He was 95 years old

Harold was born in Silverton on November 7, 1924 to Leo & Frances Wellman. He grew up on the family farm in Scotts Mills with his older brother Clarence

After school Harold worked with his dad on the farm. He also worked in the Portland Shipyards during WW II. After the war he returned to the family farm, eventually taking over from his father

He met his wife, Betty Lou Phillips of Gervais, at a dance and they were married in 1949. They celebrated their 71st anniversary in February. They welcomed and raised 5 children

Harold grew several varieties of grass seed and also ran a seed cleaning business for other farmers. Harold was very active in the Oregon Grass Seed Industry, including representing the industry in trade shows both here and in Europe

While farming, Harold began giving to his community. He was a long term member of the Scotts Mills Fire Department and of the local School Board

They sold the farm in 1991 and moved to Silverton, where Harold continued to give to his community. He was a volunteer driver for the Silverton Hospital Care Van and at the Oregon Garden for many years. His outgoing and friendly personality were a great asset to both of these organizations

He and Betty Lou moved to Mt. Angel Towers in 2013

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking, making a number of handmade gun stocks. Harold was also an avid reader and did the daily cross word puzzle most of his life. He also enjoyed helping friends & family whenever needed

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, especially his contagious smile and his sense of humor. Many will also miss sharing a "wee nip" with him!

He was proceeded in death by his parents and brother. Harold is survived by his wife, his children - Mike (Debi) Wellman of Silverton, Julie (Dale) Bystrom of Molalla, Lorri (Jim) Abel of Bend, Mary (Gary) Casqueiro of Keizer and Suzanne (Rick) Toman of Carlsbad, CA. He also enjoyed his 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren

The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff of the Health Center at Mt. Angel Towers and to Willamette Valley Hospice for the loving care they gave to Harold

A private service will be held with his family. A celebration of Harold's life will be held when possible

The family suggests remembrances in Harold's honor be sent to Willamette Valley Hospice

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Published in Silverton Appeal from Jun. 24 to Jul. 1, 2020.
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August 6, 2020
Harold was a straight shooter, but tempered his honesty with kindness. Who else would let a seven-year old help extinguish grass field fires? Mike and I used wet sacks to knock embers apart along the edge of a burning field. We began on the upwind side until the field had burned, then ran around the edge extinguishing more. Afterwards Smokey the dog would show up with his dog bowl ready for a beer. Mike and I got to share a short sip too.

In High School I often rode to or from games with Harold, hearing friendly lectures about life along the way. He was my second Father figure. Harold volunteered for his communities in so many ways throughout his life. I only remember him angry once. Mike and I were playing ball and it went into a pig pen where a large hog tried to eat it. The hog choked awhile before swallowing it. Harold was worried that it might have died because we failed to think ahead about which way a missed ball might go.

I thank God for Harold and his family's influence on my life. We will pray for eternal rest and perpetual light.

Richard Bielenberg
August 3, 2020
jeanie Bielenberg lehman
July 1, 2020
Harold was, after my parents, the greatest influence on my life. I grew up across the road from him and knew him from a very young age. I remember him writing the year 1970 in the newly poured concrete floor of a building he and Leo built for us. He taught me about processing grass seed and many life skills over a 6 year period of mostly summer work beginning in the late 70s. He was always kind and helpful. He took the time to help me build an apple cider press for my parents. I had minimal woodworking skills but we built that press and we have it still. He was a great mentor and I will always be grateful for having known him
Bill Schiedler
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