Harley Hart Sr.
Aug. 23, 1919 - Feb. 19, 2010
Harley D. Hart Harley was one of nine children, and outlived them all. Born in Walla Walla and lived almost his whole life there with few exceptions. The last two years, I brought him to Yakima and he lived in an assisted living home until the last few days when we put him in a nursing home.
His dad was Jess Hart and mother was Gertrude (Tucker) Hart. I'm the only child, H. Gale and wife Frances; two grandsons, Bradley and Betty of Enterprise and Kevin and Cheri of Albany, Ore.; one grandson, Jeremiah, of Tri-Cities; granddaughter, Sahara, of Albany.
Dad and mom (Margaret (Secrest) Hart were married Dec. 4, 1932. Mom passed away May 10, 1998. When dad got out of school he went to work for the Great Northern Railway as a secretary for about a year and then changed to the immigration service as a secretary for about three years. He then went to work for Standard Stations of California for 10 years and opened many new stations in the northwest including the one across the street from the Marcus Whitman Hotel. After 10 years with standard his dad passed away and he took over the farm in Valley Chapel and finally found his thing. He was on the PCA board for over 20 years and on the ASC board for over 20 years. He was also a lifelong member of the Elks and a Farm Bureau member.
He was an avid bowler and really enjoyed the sport. In later years, he and I and several friends enjoyed snowmobiling in the Blue Mountains. By the way, he helped build the tollgate road when he was in high school during summer vacations by borrowing a team of horses from his dad and pulling stumps with a pal for 50 cents apiece.
Viewing visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association though the funeral home.