Dale Grover O'Harra, 95, passed away peacefully surrounded by family April 17, 2013 at Providence Medford Medical Center, Medford, Ore. He was born October 8, 1917 in Gering, Neb. and traveled as a small boy with his family, settling in Ashland, Ore. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1934.
He worked in the Ashland area as a car mechanic and later as a carpenter. He also worked at Boeing in Seattle, Wash. In January of 1943, he joined the Army Air Corps as a Private 1st Class. He served in World War II in the European Theatre based out of Venosa, Italy. He flew 35 missions as a Flight Engineer in a B-24, the Liberator. He served honorably for two years, nine months and 11 days, mustering out of the military with a rank of Tech Sergeant in 1945.
On February 14, 1942 he married his beloved Olive Carrie Hill in Seattle, Wash. They were happily married for 66 years. She preceded him in death in 2008.
In 1954, while employed at Bellevue Lumber Company in Ashland, Ore., he was approached to see if he had an interest in buying a lumber company in Jacksonville, Ore. He subsequently bought the Jacksonville Lumber Company and as of this spring has owned it for 59 years. Until recently, he continued to go to work on a daily basis and remained active in daily operations. Many deep, lasting friendships have developed over the years with staff, customers, suppliers, and the community. He was a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and received the Golden Award for Outstanding Community Support. In 1995, with his wife Olive, he became a Disciple of the Lord through intensive Bible studies. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Medford, Ore.
Dale was the proud owner of a 1929 Model A and a member of the Rogue Valley Model A Club. Dale was a very gentle, kind man who loved his family and loved his many friends. He always thought the best of whomever he met. He loved Trail Blazer basketball, Mariner and Giant baseball and 49ers football. He also enjoyed playing card games and dominoes.
Survivors include son, Dale, and his wife, Marilyn, of Belmont, Calif.; daughter, Shannon Pearce, and her husband, Gary, of Portland, Ore.; and his two granddaughters, Erin and Lindsay Pearce, of Seattle, Wash. He is also survived by a brother, Robert O'Harra, of Phoenix, Ore.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the U.S. Hotel Ballroom, 125 E. California St., Jacksonville, Ore. Chaplain Josue Delgado, Providence Medford Medical Center, will officiate, followed by a reception in the Ballroom. Internment will be held after the reception at the Mountain View Cemetery, Ashland, Ore.
He will be greatly missed by all of his many loved ones and friends, but will always remain alive in their hearts.