ILWACO - Ilwaco resident Jack S. Harrell, 79, died Feb. 19, 2005, in Ilwaco.
The son of Ernest and Juanita (Shane) Harrell, he was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Alliance, Neb. His early years were spent in Nebraska and then for several years he lived on a farm near Aumsville, Ore. He returned to Alliance, Neb., to attended high school where he excelled in football, basketball and track and graduated with the class of 1943. Later that year he moved to Forks, where he worked in the woods as a choker setter.
Mr. Harrell served with the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II. With the war over he settled in Tacoma, where he began working for Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone.
Following 25 years of service he moved to Ilwaco where he purchased Pacific Salmon Charters and operated the fishing vessel Sunrise. During this time he also operated the highway contract route for the U.S. Postal Service between Astoria and the Peninsula. He sold the charter business in 1983 and became owner and operator of Columbia River Bait Co., supplying bait to fishermen along the lower Columbia region and along the Oregon coast. He finally retired in the early 1990s.
He was a member of the Long Beach Elks, Ocean Park Eagles, Moose Lodge and the American Legion Post in Ilwaco. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, cutting firewood, dancing, pets, and feeding the wildlife at his backdoor. He never forgot his roots or friends in Alliance, Neb. He lived life to the fullest and was one of a kind.
Mr. Harrell married Betty Leland in 1947 and they became the parents of three sons. In 1972, he married Patricia "Patty" Mailloux and she survives residing in Ilwaco. Also surviving are sons Ron and wife Karen Harrell of Seaview; Bill Harrell of Pelican, Alaska; and John Harrell of Yakima; stepson Paul Mailloux of Ilwaco; three grandsons and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Perkins.
Memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m., at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach. Memorials may be made to the Ilwaco Fire Department, PO Box 342, Ilwaco, WA 98624.