HERMISTON Jerry Edwin Harner died Wednesday, Oct. 3, at his home in Hermiston at the age of 73.
He was born Aug. 21, 1934 at Merriman, Neb. to Jay and Margaret "Maggie" (Gentry) Harner.
Jerry was raised in Nebraska and after high school he attended barber's college and a minister's college. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot during the Korean Conflict and was shot down. After the service, he returned to Nebraska, the Scotts Bluff area and worked as a barber and a crop duster for many years. He then worked in Alaska for eight to nine years as a pilot, cook, and a hunting guide. He then moved to Hermiston where he worked for West Flying Service for 10 years. On Nov. 25, 2000 he married Sharon Dodge LaDuke at Hermiston. Jerry was working for Steel Structures of America and for D&R RVs at the time of his death.
He was member of the Ontario Elks Lodge and a former member of the Eagles Lodge. Jerry enjoyed fishing, RVing, flying, and he loved his pets.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Hermiston; sons, Rev. Mark Harner of Madras, and Lonnie Harner of Silverton; daughters, Carolyn Johanson of Tualatin, and Karen Hutchins of Newberg; sister, Carolyn and her husband Jim Buckles of Martin, S.D.; brother-in-law, Chuck and his wife Joy Dodge of Black Diamond, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Margaret Harner; and brother, Don Harner in January 2007.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Burial with Military Honors followed at the Hermiston Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pet Rescue, 1844 NW Geer Road, Hermiston, 97838. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.