Our friend and neighbor, Harold E. Blakesley Jr., 65, passed away at his home on Feb. 7, 2010.
Harold was known by all on Eliot Drive, as he walked the road multiple times a day on his way to and from Rosauers, where he was always treated with respect and kindness.
Harold was born Aug. 1, 1944, in Waynesville, Mo. He moved to Hood River during his childhood and graduated from Hood River High School in 1962.
Harold was drafted into the U.S. Army and served our country bravely overseas in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He saw combat and never fully recovered from the trauma of what he witnessed.
With the rank of sergeant, Harold was honorably discharged with the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Commendation Medal and one overseas bar.
Harold lived alone for many years and was very frugal, depending upon a meager income, supplemented by mowing lawns, shoveling snow and recycling.
Although no surviving family has been found he will be missed by his friends and neighbors on Eliot Drive and Eby Road. Harold always seemed to be present taking his walks, and always had words and stories to share with others along the way.
His eccentricity was foreign to some, but to others was welcomed as a real neighbor who knew what was going on whenever and wherever in the neighborhood. When pets or toys went missing, you could always count on Harold to know where they were.
He enjoyed giving tips and could frequently be seen supervising outdoor projects. Harold always took the time to chat; may he rest in peace.
A funeral will be conducted at Anderson’s Tribute Center with burial to follow at Idlewilde Cemetery; date and time are pending at time of this publication, please contact Anderson’s for more details.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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