Larry Ray Harmon


Larry was born October 20th, 1949 in Yakima, Washington to Jim & Carol Harmon along with his twin brother, Gary. The twins were born 6 weeks premature, which resulted in an extended hospital stay and additional time spend with the grandparents in Wapato, Washington. When they were strong enough to travel, the twins, their older brother Mike and mother Carol rejoined Jim who was in the US Navy stationed in Norfolk Virginia. From there they traveled to many places including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where they were stationed for 3 years and then onto Brunswick, Maine for 4 years where the family welcomed little sister, Karen. At this point Jim had a chance to move his family back to Washington with they Navy as a recruiter, this allowed them to be closer to grandparents and extended relatives. Larry started his schooling in Wapato, the family moved to Moses Lake in 1957 and he continued his emementary thru high school education, he was part of the Moses Lake Highschool class of 1969. These years were challenging for Larry as he navigated having dyslexia during a timewhere learning disabilities were very misunderstood and unrecognized. Larry jouned the US Navy in 1969 and stationed aboard the USS Hornet, which landed his as a part of both Apollo 12 recoveries. After this he was deployed to Vietnam where he would spend 3 years serving before he was honorably discharged for injuries. While serving in Vietnam Larry spent his time helping people there wherever he could, this eventually led him to accomplish many things. First being financially adopting two children at an orphanage; he was able to assist in supporting basic care and spend time with them. During this time overseas he also used his entrepreneurial skills to earn extra income to finance the work he did with the orphanages and within the community. One of his most cherished memories while there was being able to help deliver 7 babies while inflight on the helicopter. Upon returning Larry decided to continue his education and attended Big Bend Community College, where he would finish his GED. While this wasn’t the end of his education career, he took time off to work as a traveling well driller until injuries forced him to come back home and get healthy. At this point he decided to continue his education once again, he went to Whitworth then ended up transferring to Eastern Washington University. From here he would go to Perry Institute in Yakima to study Precision Machinery, this would lead him to live many more places including Olympia, Port Angeles and then back to Moses Lake in 1994 where he would live the rest of his life. Larry met Janiel Edmondson in the spring of 2000 at a BBQ where her daughter Nicole introduced them and they began a close relationship and were married August 28th, 2015. Larry belonged to the American Legion for 50 years and also was activein the Masons. During these later years Larry spent time with his wife and was a mentor and sponsor with AA and the 12 step program and celebrated 45 years of sobriety.

Larry is survived by his wife Janiel Edmondson Harmon, Brother Michael (Carol) Harmon of Forks, WA, Twin Gary ( Melanie) Harmon of Moses Lake WA, Sister Karen (Doug) Frank of Moses Lake WA, Sister in law Lelia JoAnn Holland of Moses Lake WA, Brother in law John Edmondson of Moses Lake WA.

Nieces & Nephews: Brian (Clara) Harmon, Jim (Victoria) Harmon, Miranda (Brock) Streeter, Quinten (Elle) Frank, Justin (Rochelle) Holland, Brandon (Selena) Holland, Lindsey (Ben) Stewart, 16 great nieces and nephews.

Presided in Death: Daughter Nicole Edmondson, Parents BH Jim & Carol Harmon, Parents in Law Jack & Maxine Edmondson, Brother Steven Harmon.

Celebration of life will be July 8th, 2023 at 2:00pm at Moses Lake Presbyterian Church 1142 W Ivy St, Moses Lake, WA 98837.

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