Harju Sr., Richard Lee 83, of East Berlin, PA, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at home. He was born in Los Angeles, California on March 31, 1930. In the same year, while only a baby, he moved with his mother Ruth Goguess Fischer to Winthrop Harbor, IL. He graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School in 1948. Richard joined the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War from 1949 to 1953. He married the love of his life, Dorothy (Betty) Elizabeth Hoban on June 25, 1955. They built their lives in Winthrop Harbor. Richard worked as a Circuit Engineer for the Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Waukegan and then the Chicago office for 27 years. He retired from the company, moved to Northern Virginia, then to Baltimore, MD and continued working in the same capacity for MCI in the DC Metro area. He retired in 1992 and fulfilled a life-long dream of building a cabin in the mountains of West Virginia. Richard was a dedicated family man, and was known to friends and family as "Papa Har". He loved to watch his kids and their friends play sports. He possessed a strong work ethic which enabled him to become successful. Those who knew Richard appreciated his sense of humor, generosity, and his willingness to lend a helping hand at any time. A huge sports fan, he cheered year-round for his beloved Chicago teams until the very end. Richard is survived by his children and spouses, Richard L. Jr. and Donna, Bobby and Skeeter, Kathy Harju and Kenny Harju; his grandchildren and spouse, Ryan and Allie Harju, Robby, Brady, and Alex Harju; great-granddaughter, Winter Harju; and his brother and spouse, William (Bill) and Kathy Harju; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty, and daughter-in-law, Lisa. To celebrate Richard's wonderful life, all are invited to a Memorial Service at Leesburg Community Church, Leesburg, VA on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 1:00pm. If you wish to contribute to his memory, you may donate to Hanover Hospital Cardiac Rehab Program, Hanover PA, 17331. The Feiser Funeral Home, Inc. 306 Harrisburg St. East Berlin, PA. is in charge of the arrangements. Memories may be shared in the online guestbook at www.feiserfuneralhome.com.
Published in News Sun from July 24 to July 30, 2013