Herman Thomas Harral

Born: Thu., Nov. 6, 1930
Died: Sun., Aug. 1, 2010

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Herman "Tom" Harral, a resident of Pendleton, died Sunday, August 1, 2010 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Washington. He was 79 years old. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 13, in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel. Burial will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 13, in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Baker City, Oregon. Contributions in his memory may be directed to the Salvation Army, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. You may sign the online guestbook or send condolences at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Harral was born November 6, 1930 in Piggot, Arkansas. He was the son of Jerry and Alma Dowdy Harral. In 1946 the family moved to Baker City, Oregon. After High School, Mr. Harral enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and served his country as a Combat Communications Specialist on the front lines during the Korean War. On January 16, 1955 he married Hazel "LaVelle" Wilson. He had worked in Insurance in Pendleton, as well as working as a Funeral Director at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, and as owner and operator of the Pendleton Dairy Queen for over 25 years. Tom was a cherished husband and father who helped raise their three children and five grandchildren. He was a people person who loved meeting new people and visiting with old friends. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, and fishing. He had been a member of the Eagles Lodge of Pendleton and the VFW Let'Er Buck Post 922. Survivors include: his Wife, Hazel "LaVelle" Harral of Pendleton, three children; Mark T. Harral of Pendleton, Renee Rosenquist of Bend, Oregon, and Teresa Skinner of Pendleton, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

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   Posted Fri August 06, 2010
Tom was a great guy to work for at DQ, my deepest sympathy to LaVelle and the kids

Arne L. Swanson
   Posted Fri August 06, 2010
LaVelle, Mark, Renee and Teresa: Please accept our sincerest sympathy and condolences during this time surrounding Tom's passing. Tom's memory brings a fond and special smile to our faces and happy thoughts of his longtime friendship and support. Despite the passing of time, please know that our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Arne L. Swanson and family.

Ryan & Pam Wilson
   Posted Fri August 06, 2010
Uncle Tom will be missed very much. I can remember him teaching me when I was a young boy the things a gentleman needs to know. Not to use foul language in front of ladies, always use a firm handshake and your handshake was as good as your word. Be proud of who you are and always be willing to lend a hand to those in need. I will always remember the times I spent with him and Aunt Lavelle and miss him.

Joyce Powell and Tony Morin
   Posted Sat August 07, 2010
LaVelle, Mark, Renee and Teresa - Sending love and prayers during this tender time. We will see you all Friday and join in honoring Uncle Tom's life and sharing good memories of our visits with him and each of you. We are sure Tom and Juanita and discussing and solving the problems of the world over a special beverage in heaven. Blessings, Joyce and Tony

Charlena Haefer
   Posted Fri August 13, 2010
Tom Harral was a man of true character... He touched the lives of everyone who became priviledged to hold a conversation of any kind, with Tom. I enjoyed every moment I was allowed to share with this man. He was always kind and always thinking of his guest. One might say he was a man of defiance, he would always make you think twice about matters. I will always hold dearest, the conversations I had with Tom. A MAN of TRUE CHARACTER, LOVED by MANY for the kind of person he was. He'd of given you the shirt off his back....My heart goes out to those who were dearest to him...ALL of us will TRULY MISS YOU TOM...Warm and thoughtful wishes to his Loved ones.

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