Harold Magnuson


Harold Magnuson
March 11, 1926 - Oct. 29, 2011

Walla Walla resident Harold R. "Ray" Magnuson, 85, died Oct. 29, 2011, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, 1710 Plaza Way, Walla
Walla. Ray was born March 11, 1926, in Boise to John G. and Willa Wae Magnuson. He attended elementary and high school in Meridian, Idaho. He also briefly attended the College of Idaho before entering the U.S. Army in World War II. He was called back into service during the
Korean Conflict from 1950-1953. He attended the University of Idaho from 1954-1946, completing his degree at Seattle University from 1956-1958 and obtained his CPA certificate while working at Boeing.

He worked at Boeing Airplane Company from 1956 through 1959 as a cost accountant and coordinator with the computer center, during which time he developed a great interest in computers that carried throughout his lifetime. On Sept. 5, 1956, he married Roxie Jones in Seattle. He was controller of Brobery Music Stores in Seattle from 1959 through 1962. He then worked for the University of Washington as a senior accountant and administrative manager until 1965.

In October 1965, he and Roxie moved to Walla Walla, where he worked as controller of Whitman College until 1980. He left Whitman College to expand his growing moonlight CPA practice, which he maintained for several years, at the same time functioning as secretary-treasurer of Computer Business Systems, a small data processing company that he was instrumental in founding.

He was a member of the Walla Walla Alliance Church, where he served as board member and as treasurer, B.P.O.E. Lodge #287, Kiwanis Club and the Veteran's Memorial Golf Club, where he served as a board member and as treasurer.

He and Roxie enjoyed traveling extensively abroad as well as around the United States. He also enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and golf, which had been his passion for many years. Roxie passed away Dec. 8, 2004.

Ray is survived by his daughter, Dolores Baker of Walla Walla; and his grandson, Ronald Baker. He was preceded in death by three younger brothers, Joe, Richard and Ted.

The memorial service will be 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at the Walla Walla Alliance Church, 902 Howard St. Rev. Steve Morris will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.


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