Obituary: Forrest U. Harmon

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Forrest Harmon

Forrest U. Harmon

1933 ~ Oct. 31, 2019

Forrest U. Harmon passed away Oct. 31, 2019, at Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker, Colorado, where he was a patient for nearly five years. He was 86 years old. Forrest was born to Leslie “Pete” Harmon and Cora M. Harmon in 1933. A sister, Pat Cochran of Goodland, Kansas, preceded him in death. He also has a sister, Iris Harmon of Canyon City, Colorado.

Forrest graduated from high school in Gunnison, Colorado, in 1952. After graduation he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was stationed in Alaska. He later married Kay Bryan of Gunnison. They had two boys, Ross (Stacie) and Mitchell (Margaret) and one grandson, Jett. All survive.

Forrest was a rancher and he loved baby animals. He also enjoyed traveling and was always curious to “see” what was around the next bend.

Eventually, Forrest and Kay divorced, as did Chuck and Marlene Tate. Forrest and Marlene reconnected at a class reunion in Crested Butte, Colorado, 29 years ago, and as they say, “the rest is history.” Both enjoyed traveling. Marlene kept a huge map where she traced their travels through 33 states.

Forrest spent the winter months in Quartzsite, Arizona, taking in all the “shows.” Anything you’d ever want to buy, was there. It was in Arizona that he learned “wire-wrapping.” He  made hundreds of pendants from polished stones wrapped with copper wire. Unsold trays of pendants were taken to the Wing as gifts to the employees who had a part in Forrest’s care.

As per Forrest’s request, no services will be held. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery in Meeker, Colorado.