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Harold Graybeal

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Harold Don Graybeal

December 31, 1927 - June 21, 2014

Miss Me - But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set on me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room, why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little - but not too long, and not with your head bowed low, remember the love we once shared; miss me - but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take and each must go alone, it's all a part of the master's plan a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends we know and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds, miss me - but let me go.

I was born on New Year's Eve. Yes, I really was, although I had a hard time convincing Oregon DMV that I even existed. My parents were George and Ollie Graybeal. While they were on a buggy ride, on an Indian reservation, I decided it was time to come into this world. Mother was assisted by an Indian woman, under a tree in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. Pretty dramatic, don't you think. I had an older sister and two younger brothers; they are all gone long before me.

My dad died when I was five and I was raised by an Aunt and Uncle. After finishing high school, I left Oklahoma and went to Los Angeles to be with my mother. From there, at the end of WWII, I joined the Army. I served in Korea and Vietnam, receiving several medals of which I am very proud. I served 22 years doing what I enjoyed; I was a medic.

In 1965, I married Cleo Witt and we adopted three children: Terri Lyn Graybeal, and twins Harold Dale Graybeal and Susan Lyn Arreola. The twins are from Germany. Cleo passed away in 2004. I have five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

On July 4, 2005, I went to a neighborhood BBQ and there I met my present wife. Irene Sedivy and I were married in 2007. She brought three more children to the family: Steven, Debi, and Rita, and they brought five children and eight grandchildren. The family just keeps growing.

Anyway, I'm getting tired and need to rest, so remember me with a good story and lots of laughs; also tip a glass or two in remembrance occasionally. I love all of you and will see you later.

Graveside Military services, with the reading of "Just a Common Soldier" will be 11:00 am at Belcrest Memorial Park on Thursday, June 26th. A Celebration of Don's life will be a store-bought potluck, at Shooters Saloon and Café on Silverton Road on Sunday, June 29, from 2:00 - 7:00 pm.

Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on June 24, 2014
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