Details for Raymond L. HarshAugust 27, 1927 - August 16, 2021Ephrata, WA


Raymond L. HarshAugust 27, 1927 - August 16, 2021Ephrata, WA Raymond L. Harsh, 93, of Ephrata, WA, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 16, 2021, at his home in Ephrata, WA. He was born in Stromberg, NE, on August 27, 1927, to John and Pearl Harsh. He spent his young life and attended school in Mitchell, NE. He joined the U.S. Army out of high school at the end of WWII and was stationed at Fort Richardson, AK. When he returned to Mitchell, he went to work for a tractor shop. On May 25, 1950, Raymond and Dorotha Foster eloped and were married at Kimball, NE. They had a long and wonderful marriage of over 65 years, until Dorotha’s passing in 2015. They lived in Mitchell, until 1956, when Ray began work for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as a surveyor. He worked surveying dams and irrigation projects in Kansas, Colorado, and onto Washington, and the Columbia Basin Project in 1966. They lived in Othello, Mattawa, Quincy, WA, then back to Othello. Ray retired from the Bureau in 1986. He then worked part-time for the Othello School District delivering lunches to the various schools, and doing janitorial work. In 1992, they moved to Ephrata. Ray and Dorotha liked to travel, seeing new and interesting places. They would also visit many friends and relatives on their trips through 21 states. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorotha; son, Larry of Soap Lake, WA; four brothers; one sister; and his parents, all from Nebraska. Ray is survived by daughter, Linda Meloy and her husband, Dennis of Peshastin, WA; daughter-in-law, Betty Harsh of Keizer, OR; and sister-in-law, Claudia Foster of Pasco, WA; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Ephrata Senior Center, 124 C St. N.W., Ephrata, WA.