Harold Graber passed away in Colville on June 12, 2012 at the age of 101. He was born on Dec. 1, 1910, the son of Henry and Rhoda (Wilson) Graber in Donnellson, Iowa.
Harold was raised on the family farm in Donnellson. He graduated from Livermore High School. After high school, Harold attended welding school in East Peoria, Illinois and also worked for Caterpillar Tractor there until he was drafted into the Army in 1941. He served in the South Pacific during WWII until his discharge in 1945.
After serving in the Army, Harold moved to Manson, Iowa where he started his machine welding business. Later, he sold his business, and went into construction in Akin, South Carolina with BF Shaw Company. He moved Union Card 150 to 598 Pasco, where he worked for J.A. Jones at Hanford until his reÂ¬tirement in June, 1976.
In 1982, Harold moved to Laurier, where he met Norma Jean from Portland, OR. The two were married on June 24, 1984. The couple relocated to Colville, where they had a new home built and moved into it on March 3, 1992.
Harold said being with Norma made for the best years of his life. Harold enjoyed predator-trapping, hunting and fishing with friends in Montana, Alaska, and Canada. He had many friends, a few of which he wanted to mention. Rick Sphuler, a trapping buddy and one time neighbor who would help Harold and Norma around their home; they are very thankful for his help and friendship. Another long-time friend, John Kepenga, his WWII companion during and after the war. They were able to talk to each other on the phone just before Johnâ€™s passing last year, and Ed and Lynetta Huguenin, very special friends and neighÂ¬bors.
Harold was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Ed, George, Velma Slicker, Mayme Millmeyer, Bill and Ila WallingÂ¬ford, and by his first wife, Melba.
He is survived by his wife, Norma, Colville; a brother, Dave (Lethia), Iowa; five step-children, Ben Kennedy (Ericka), Indiana; Paula Hanes, Spokane; Jackie (Floyd) Kelly, Spokane; Pamela Kennedy, Spokane; Richard (Renee) Kennedy, Africa; many nieces, nephews; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandÂ¬children.
If one so wishes, memorial contributions may be given to Saint Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.