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Ron Harksen
April 20, 1949 – July 22, 2016

Sublimity - “The more happiness and love that can be reborn the better because it will make this world more beautiful and kind. Therefore you and I should be living our weeks, days and hours in order to be reborn constantly as happiness, love and kindness. The reason we are foolish enough to make ourselves suffer and make the other person suffer is that we forget that we and the other person are impermanent. Someday when we die we will lose all our possessions, our power, our family, everything. Our freedom, peace, and joy in the present moment are the most important things we have.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

Ron was born in Salem to Marvin and Rosina Harksen. He is survived by his wife, Rosanne of Sublimity, son, Matthew and wife, Shawn of Salem, daughter, Lindsay of Portland and grandsons, Zack & Miah; sisters: Rose Witmer (Gary); Marvelene Gross (Joseph); Roxanne Harksen and Michelle Wanner (Ron); sisters-in-law: Nancy Rehmer (Greg); Barbara Liesch (Jim); Cynthia Hendrickson (Alan) and Susan Hittle (Tim); brothers-in-law: Wally Breitenstein and Brian Breitenstein (Cheri); and many nieces and nephews. Ron was predeceased by his parents and sister, Maralee Bennett.

Special thanks to: Bud Pierce, MD, Ron’s oncologist; the RNs, CNAs and physicians at Santiam Hospital who provided Ron with excellent comfort care during his last few days; the wonderful team of nurses, CNAs and therapists at Marian Estates; Scott Hadden, MD; Fr. Paul, St. Boniface Church; Fr. John and Dee Anne Aboud, Immaculate Conception Church; Marcey’s Place (Larry, Dianne and Luke); Nancy Boutin, MD and the Palliative Care Team at Salem Health; Jon and his team of therapists at PT Northwest; and Frank Lumber Company (Dennis, Jim and all the good people who work there).

Despite being God’s plan for Ron, his difficult journey these past few years was made a little easier knowing that so many family members and friends were in his life and stood by him. There are still good, kind souls in this world. Thank you. We love and appreciate all of you. Ron was employed in the lumber industry for over 40 years before retiring from Frank Lumber Company in September 2014.

Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, traveling, cruising, gardening and wine tasting. He was a member of St. Boniface Church, Sublimity. Ron attended Regis High School, Blue Mountain Community College and Chemeketa Community College. He served in the National Guard for eight years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Boniface Church or Salem Cancer Institute. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 11:00 am, St. Boniface Church. Interment to follow in St. Boniface Cemetery.

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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