NORMAN EARL HARDING

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NORMAN EARL HARDING Lynwood, WA Norm passed away of pneumonia on September 9, 2016, in Edmonds, WA with his family at his side. Norm was born in Corydon, IN on October 10, 1932 to Kenneth and Alice Harding. As a child, his family followed the war effort and, as a result, he lived in many places including IN, AR, and OK. In 1943 they moved to Richland where his father worked at Hanford. Norm attended Richland schools graduating from Col-Hi in 1950. In later years, he would gravitate to activities like off-road motorcycle racing, mini-hydroplane racing, and water-skiing on the Columbia River. Norm liked to fish with his father at Williams and Twin Lakes. He and his family enjoyed camping; starting with tent camping working up to a motor home. Norm was an achiever. In his youth he had two paper routes in North Richland as well as selling papers at the old bus lot in North Richland. The Whizzer motor he bought for his bicycle was financed by tips earned at the bus lot. During his last year of high school and during the summer after, he worked construction for Terteling Construction. He liked to say he and his friend, Pat Loftus of Kennewick, moved a lot of dirt in the Uptown Shopping District as it was being built. In 1951, he and a friend, without telling their parents, went to Spokane and enlisted in the Navy. Norm served in San Diego for recruit training and attended electrician school; in Kingston, WA at a degaussing range, and two years on the U.S.S. Perkins, a radar picket destroyer. The ship sailed to Japan, China, the Philippines, and Korea where they were shot at as they served offshore during the Korean War. He worked as an electrician in Seattle until 1960 when he was hired on out at Hanford. He worked in the Metallurgy Dept., retiring in 1992 as a Senior Technician. After he and Dorothy retired they travelled often, seeing much of the U.S. (often meeting up with friends or attending Navy shipmate reunions) and also England, France, and Mexico. In 2013, they moved to Quail Park Assisted Living in Lynnwood to be closer to their daughters. Norm is survived by wife of 62 yrs., Dorothy Keys Harding (Lynnwood); daughters, Debra O'Neal (Larry) and Lee Anne Hill (Randy) Everett; honorary daughter Sabrina Earp, Clinton, CT; grandsons Morgan DeHan (Andrea), Bonney Lake, WA; Jason Hill, Everett and grand-daughter Emily Hill, Mill Creek, WA.; sisters, Janelle Hamm Wilson (Bill) and Catherine Kuklinski (Ron) of Kennewick, and numerous nieces and nephews. Norm was very excited about the upcoming birth of his first great-grandchild (a boy). Norm was preceded in death by son Stephen Harding, parents Kenneth and Alice Harding, brother Robert Harding. There will be a Celebration of Life for Norm at Einan's Event Center, 915 Bypass Highway in Richland from 2- 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PROVIDENCE HOSPICE & HOME CARE, 2731 Wetmore Avenue #500, Everett, WA 98201 (www.providence.org/phhc) or HOSPICE at THE CHAPLAINCY, 1480 Fowler, Richland, WA 99352 (www.tri-citieschaplaincy.org) in Norm's memory.
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Einan's Funeral Home, Inc.
915 By-Pass Highway
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 943-1114
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Published in Tri-City Herald from Sept. 20 to Sept. 21, 2016
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