Harry was born at Madigan General Hospital Center on Fort Lewis May 2, 1934. He died peacefully of natural causes at St Anthony in Gig Harbor Jan. 7, 2021 at the wonderful age of 86, earning his angel wings to join Mary Ruth Hughes, his lifelong partner who preceded him in death Sept. 9, 2019.
Harry always had stories to share. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a young man and served until 1959 when he was honorably discharged. Harry then became an entrepreneur in various business ventures.
Harry and M.R. (Mary Ruth) were longtime members of the Totem Yacht club where they volunteered for many tasks, such as ferrying scout troops to Blake Island for camp excursions, an accomplishment that he was very proud to be a part of. Harry and M.R. took a vast number of cruises on their boat “The Marineer” until they sold it in 2016.
Harry was always there to jump in and offer his help and advice when needed. He took care of the security gate maintenance in his community for a good 20 years. He was a very likable guy and a book of knowledge. He had many friends and missed socializing with others due to the coronavirus.
Harry is survived by his sister Karen Wheeler of Vashon Island; his brother Stan Faas; daughters Jan of Yelm, Sheila of North Carolina, and Robin; and stepdaughters Ginger and Dina. He will be remembered and loved and missed by many.
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