Harvey Duane Shofner
Harvey Duane Shofner passed away peacefully on August 13, 2016, after a lifelong battle with Gardner’s Cancer a few minutes after the spectacular Seahawks Hail Mary pass and two point conversion, with no time remaining, defeating Kansas city .... goodbye to my favorite 12.
He was born on December 18, 1945, in Grand Rapids (Itasca), Minnesota to Walter and Alvera Bugni Shofner, last in the line-up of a close fun-loving family.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Donna (b. 1935), Glenn (b. 1937), Lyle (b. 1939) Audrey (b. 1940) and Roger (b. 1943). They all left this world at different times but the world was better while all seven siblings grew up and found their own passions all over the United States.
Harvey leaves behind his beautiful, loving sister Marilyn (b. 1942). She will lead a parade of extended family and friends in celebrating and honoring him on a celebration ride. He was renewed with joy of family when Jason and Jodie Sanger (niece) reunited and introduced Carter (great-nephew) into his life. He became Jodie’s messenger to God of Thanks for the miracle of Carter’s birth. We Pray that this God sent child does not ever have to endure this disease.
Time with family and friends gave Harvey strength to fight everyday. Harvey showed us how to persevere through times of uncertainty and generations to follow will hopefully remember his strength to Fight Cancer.
Harvey was fiercely protective of all God’s children and creatures (except maybe snakes) and he developed genuine relationships with the kids and pets of all his friends and neighbors. He leaves behind two great dogs, Bear and Holly; but journeys to meet up with Harley, Bingo, and Sissy.
Harvey had an enduring admiration and appreciation for all of the armed services, as he enlisted in the Army (February 15, 1966-February 18, 1968) as a young man thinking he would never be accepted due to a horrific knee injury that nearly resulted in amputation. He attributes the grueling physical demands of “boot camp physical therapy” as the amazing rehabilitation of his knee, which allowed lifelong arduous use in both work and play with no residual effect. He was forever thankful for all of his freedoms.
Harvey had a disciplined ability to balance his two passions, driving for work and driving for play. His renowned work ethic created lasting friendships from each job he had, like Pacific Grinding Wheel, National Foods, and Mackenzie Trucking. As a lifelong Harley Davidson owner, his work and play friendships intertwined often. His circle of friends are too numerous to list and should be written in an eternal circle as he never held one more important than another; always striving to treat others as he wished to be treated. He made a difference in many friendships and those bonds of loyalty are unwavering even in death.
Thank you to Darwin and Tamara (truck driving, Harley riding, fishing, birthday buddy, Cancer care team and especially for your never ending selfless support and friendship to both Harv and P.J.), Jim and Karen, Barb and Terry, Jan and April (for spiritual guidance and day to day assistance to P.J.) Mike and Stephanie (Harv was a mentor and his lifelong Harley riding friend) Rusty and Delores (Harley riding, trucking friends and caring support to P.J.) Bear, Chet, Sharon, and Jane Shofner, wife of his beloved brother, Rodger. Harv’s dreams in his final hours always found him in his eighteen wheeler picking up a load going to meet up with Roger and taking one or all the dogs fishing. Thank you to Dr. Congdon and the entire Providence cancer staff who served Harvey and his family for decades. Thank you to the wonderful comfort care nurses and staff on Wing A and especially to the Providence Spiritual Caregivers for providing strength and dignity to P.J. in such a difficult transition.
In lieu of formal ceremonies and flowers a celebration of life will take place on his birthday as well as a “last (Harley) ride” -TBA.
Harvey made such a difference and a genuine impact on so many lives. Even now this will carry on: A CDL scholarship will honor his memory so that he has the opportunity to help a young student through schooling and become a qualified truck driver. For Harvey and now for a deserving student driving is a wonderful avenue for friendship, adventure and success .... knowing that ultimately the spectacular winding road of this world truly is the straight path to heaven. Such donations are accepted at Shofner CDL Memorial Scholarship-checks payable to Shofner /P.J. Wieferich c/o Coastal Community Bank 1220 WA-530, Darrington, WA 98241.