June 23, 1935 – May 4, 2012
Ralph E. Harmon of Burbank, Calif., died in the early morning hours of May 4, 2012, following complications from extensive surgery.
Mr. Harmon was born June 23, 1935, to Samuel Cove and Hilma Nicholls Harmon in Lovell. His education began in Wyoming and continued in California through high school. In post-secondary studies Ralph earned degrees in electronics, mechanical engineering and business management.
Ralph began working for Bendix Corp. as a draftsman while still in high school, moving up the ranks within the company as his talents were recognized. The corporation assisted him through classes of higher learning. Bendix Corp. became Allied Signal and finally Honeywell. During his 40-plus-year career he helped develop various programs that produced U.S. missiles and the jet fighter F-111. His ability to work with people and a good work ethic gained for him the “problem solver” reputation.
He served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army, honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. He worked with his army buddies in establishing orphanages for numerous Korean/American homeless children.
Ralph married Gail V. Paul in August of 1959. Three children came to this union: twin boys John Carlin and Paul Allen, and a daughter, Melinda Suzanne. The Harmon home was open to foster children, as well. Gail died in January of 1995.
Football, baseball and golf were lifetime loves for Ralph. He joined baseball or softball teams every season as long as he was physically able. He coached ball teams even longer, having a positive influence on many young men over the years. He coached Mindy’s softball teams while she enjoyed the game.
Ralph married Bonnie Paul on April 30, 1999. They were able to have 13 good years together before his passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and his two sons, John and Paul Harmon. He is survived and grieved for by his wife, Bonnie; his daughter, Melinda (Perry) Satterlee; four grandchildren: Josh, Stiles, Jake and Paige Satterlee of Washington State; a step-daughter, Juliana Penman of Kentucky; his sister, Myrna (William) Despain of Mink Creek, Idaho; four nephews, Daniel, Bruce, Jason and Blaine Jolley and their spouses; one niece, Nicole Kojakanian, and numerous grandnieces and nephews, who all admired and loved their Uncle Ralph. He will be missed by many first and second cousins and friends whose lives he has touched.
Cremation has taken place in California. A small stone in his remembrance is placed near the remains of his father in the Lovell Cemetery.