Har­vey Duane Shofner

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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.

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