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Paul J. Harmon


June 17, 1922 - March 16, 2014

Paul J. Harmon

Paul “J” Harmon passed away Sunday March 16, 2014 at his home in Portland, Oregon.  He was born on June 17, 1922 to Fay (McCoy) and Henry Harmon in Odon, Indiana.

Paul joined the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and served 4 years as an Aerial Gunner Instructor.  From there he began a long sales career in veterinary pharmaceuticals, eventually owning and operating Harmon Veterinary Supply.

In the early 1960’s Paul and his wife Eleanor began working on the development of the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind Park in Sandy, Oregon. Paul and his family spent many years building and developing the park that would enhance the lives of the visually impaired in Oregon.

Paul was a member in good standing for 62 years at the Gresham Elks BPOE 1805, was an active member of the American Legion Post 1 in Portland, Oregon, and a member of VFW Post 9627 in Odon, Indiana.

Paul is survived by his daughters; Paula Kullmann and Kathy (Bob) Mishima both of Gresham, and Diane (Scott) Adams of Fort Payne, Alabama.  Grandsons Matthew Hryciw, and Jonathan (Holly) Hryciw both of Gresham, Brandon (Samantha) Adams of Bremen, GA; granddaughters Ashley (Matt) Shedd of Alamogordo, NM, and

Martha Webb of Troutdale; and numerous great grandchildren. Paul is preceded in death by his wife of 44 years Eleanor, his parents, grandson Lester Hryciw, brothers Karl, Orin, James, Fred, Ned, Dale, infant brother Robert, and sisters Betty Jane, Margaret Kennedy and Janet Koonce.

A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, April 5 from 1-5pm at the American Legion Post 1, 1830 SE 122nd  Portland, Oregon. Graveside services and internment will be on April 7, 2014 at 1:30pm at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul’s memory to:  American Legion Riders of Post 1 Legacy Fund c/o American Legion Post 1, PO Box 33165, Portland, OR 97292-3165. Arrangements entrusted to Gresham Memorial Chapel