Ned John Harless


Ned John Harless was born on a homestead near Orofino, Idaho on January 22, 1915.

He was the third and last to survive of 7 children. He had 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

He moved to Seattle in 1941 to work for Boeing and was later transferred to Aberdeen in 1943 where he continued to work for Boeing until the end of the war. Later he became a watchmaker at Wiitamaki Jewelry for about 20 years followed by government work doing construction and maintenance until retirement in 1985.

In the fall of 1943, he met Mildred Beckwith on the front steps of Harbor Free Methodist Church in Hoquiam, Wash. They were married 3 months later by the Reverend Lyle Northrup. They were married for 68 years.

They had 2 boys and 2 girls: Ron (Kathy) Harless of Aberdeen, Wash., Nancy (Don) Bell of Newcastle, Wash., Linda (Ken) Collins of Everett, Wash., and Dan (Lois) Harless of Kirkland, Wash.

Ned was grandfather to 12 grandchildren and great-grandfather to 15 great-grandchildren.

Ned loved to help people using his great gift for construction and mechanics. He often helped those who were unable to help themselves. His love of God prompted him to serve people any way he could.

After retirement in 1985, he and Mildred traveled throughout the United States and Europe. They spent winters in the desert of Southern California, making many new friends. They joined SOWERS (Service on Wheels Ever Ready), a Christian organization which offers free labor to churches and Christian camps involved in building projects.

After living on Grays Harbor for about 67 years, they moved to Warm Beach Retirement Center near Stanwood, Wash. There Ned went home to meet his Savior after a short illness on September 28, 2012.

The Memorial Service will be on 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Warm Beach Senior Community, Stanwood, Wash.

Memorial gifts can be sent to: Young Life of Grays Harbor (camp scholarship fund), 504 South F, Aberdeen, WA 98520