Harlan James Medack
January 2, 1933—May 8, 2019
Harlan James Medack, 86, of Kelso, Washington, passed away peacefully at the Community Home Health and Hospice in Longview surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Born in Kelso, Washington to Walter and Opal Medack, he lived most of his life in Rose Valley.
Harlan is survived by his wife Karol of 66 years, his sons, Dave and his wife Carrie, Doug and his wife Julie, his daughter, Cindy Hubbard and her husband Steve and son Dan Medack and many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Opal Medack, sisters, Betty Courser and Nancy Hartley, brother, Mike Medack, and grandson, Rob Harnden. Harlan was a loving father, husband, grandfather and a great friend to all.
Harlan was a passionate man who loved his family, friends and celebrating holidays, especially Christmas. He was a skilled carpenter working as a millwright for Longview Fibre, Georgia Pacific and Weyerhaeuser retiring after 26 years there as Maintenance Supervisor. He then started his own business, Valley Woodworking, building custom furniture. Harlan was active in the Rose Valley Youth Club, coaching little league and umpiring many games. He served as an elder at Grace Lutheran Church where he put his woodworking skills to work building many items for the Church. He was a member and past trustee of the Kelso/Longview Elks and he was a former member and Past Worthy President of the Longview Eagles. In his retired years, Harlan enjoyed participating in elk camp with his brother Mike, his son Dave and many friends. Harlan also loved animals always having one or more of his dogs in his lap and raising miniature burros better known as “Harlan’s Babies.”
Harlan will be laid to rest at Rose Valley Cemetery on North Maple Hill Road in Kelso. Graveside service for family and friends will be at 1:00 pm Friday, May 17, 2019. A memorial service for Harlan will be at Grace Lutheran Church, 2725 Dover Street, Longview at 1:00 pm Saturday, June 1, 2019. Memorial donations may be made to Community Home Health and Hospice.