Harley A. Passmore of Kettle Falls went home to be with his Lord on June 14, 2011. He was born in Tacoma on Jan. 29, 1939 to Margret (Richmire) and Harley Passmore. He married Susan Obermeier on July 11, 1975 and resided in Puyallup.
Harley worked for many years as a construction laborer on highways throughout western Washington. He was a member of Laborers’ International Union, Local 252, Tacoma. Harley retired in 1987 due to health issues and the family moved to Ocean Shores. There, he began his “career” of volunteer service. Harley served as a groundskeeper at the Ocean Shores Baptist Church and at the Copalis Community Church. He also volunteered at the latter’s food bank, ran a bus ministry for the church and was the Sunday school teacher for fourth through sixth grades. As a member of the area Crime Watch, he worked with the Ocean Shores Police Department.
In 1993, Harley and his family moved to Colville and in 1995 to Kettle Falls. He continued volunteering at several area churches by cleaning, mowing lawns, serving on building committees, teaching both Sunday school and AWANA and anywhere he was needed. In 2005 Harley received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the USA Freedom Corps with a commendation from President George W. Bush. Harley also served many hours at the Orient Elementary School as groundskeeper, kitchen helper and janitor. He was honored in 2006 for his service there. Harley was nominated by the Ferry County AmeriCorps Organization for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. He was an honoree at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia in April 2007.
Harley enjoyed hiking on Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and visiting the ocean with his children. He loved the history of South Dakota, Montana and surrounding states and visited them frequently with his family. Harley served in the U.S. Army in 1958 and 1959 and continued to honor and support the military. He loved the USA and passed that love on to his children.
Besides his wife, Susan of 35-plus years, Harley is survived by his daughters, Cindi (Jason) Wildfong, Callyn Cooper, Kiersten and Jessica Passmore; sons, Jonathon and T. J. Harley; five grandsons, Travis, Jacob, Gabriel and Connor Wildfong, and Micah Passmore; two grand-daughters, Angela Passmore and his sunshine Harleigh Cooper; two sisters, Mary (Brad) Nelson and Christina Passmore; a brother, Robert; two sisters-in-law, Ruthann Thompson and Wendy (Orlando) Tiffany-Salter; two brothers-in-law, Walter (Mae) Obermeier and James Vesper; along with numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends.
Harley was preceded in death by his parents, brother James, sister Janette MacPherson and by his beloved mother-in-law, Laura Obermeier.
Memorial service was held at Kettle Falls Community Church on June 18 with Pastor Anthony Pinkham officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Sam Artzis, Steven Buckholtz, Nathan Cochran, Ian Armstrong, Chris Pederson and J. J. Passmore. Special music was offered by Emily and Olivia Artzis.
The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville was entrusted with arrangements.