Duane Lee Harden, 77 years of age and a longtime Menlo, Washington area resident, died on Friday, September 6, 2013, at his home in Menlo. He was born in Oroville, Washington on July 5, 1936, to Lee and Bertha (Baker) Harden.
Duane’s family moved to Elk Creek, Washington when he was in the fourth grade. He graduated from Raymond High School. Duane joined the United States Naval Reserve while he was still in high school and spent 31 years in the reserves as a machinist’s mate and instructor. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer.
Duane also attended and then graduated from Grays Harbor College at the age of 50. He earned his Associates Degree in Technology and was on the Dean’s List. He accomplished this while he was working full time at night. He worked some 40 years as a millwright and diesel mechanic for Weyerhaeuser Lumber Mill.
Duane Harden was married to Barbara J. Ogilvie of South Bend, Washington, for 54 years and she survives at the family home. His children are his daughter, Kristi and Mike Karchesy; his son, Brad and Gerry Harden as well as a daughter, Tammy and Russell Esparza. He also has a brother, Steve and Sonja and their family of Puyallup; his sister, Nancy and Tom and their family of Peshastin. He also had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins that he loved very much. His brother, Lawrence and a sister, Mary preceded him in death.
But what Duane considered his best legacy was his grandchildren, Tiffany, Jessica, Kristina, Rafael, Whitney, Jenelle, Angelina, Brooke and River as well as his great-grandchildren, Elli, Jaylee, Conner, Leeum, Myiah and Kaliope.
Duane had chosen not to have a funeral service here on earth, but he will have a celebration of eternal life in Heaven.
Any remembrances to Duane may be given to Willapa Harbor Helping Hands, P.O. Box 597, South Bend, Washington 98586, for people battling cancer.
Inurnment will be held later in the Menlo Fern Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
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