Harold Joseph Bernett, age 93, of Shoreline, WA passed away Monday, October 7, 2019.
He was born December 5, 1925 in Salem OR, son of the late Jennings Burnett and Madge Brentano Beutler. Harold was a World War II veteran and served in both the European and Pacific arenas of combat in the Army Corp Engineers. After he was discharged from the army, he worked in many different countries on various construction projects. When he returned to the United States, he continued to work in construction running heavy equipment and as a master mechanic. He worked all over the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He was a member of I.U.O.E. Local 302 for over 50 years, and very proud of his union affiliation. Harold made many life-long friends through his employment and there are endless stories about all of their escapades over the years. Harold loved his work, and would have been working at age 93, if he had been able.
Harold loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He and his wife, Karen enjoyed many trips in their motor home. He loved his vegetable garden, and insisted on planting enough to feed the city of Shoreline. His dog, T-Rex, was his constant companion and any trips were planned with T-Rex in mind. Harold would not go anywhere without his best buddy. He was an accomplished musician and entertained friends and family on the piano at many gatherings.
He is predeceased by son John (Cindy) Bernett, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Karen Krilich Bernett; sister Kaye (Paul) Schaller; children Hal (Devona) Bernett; Alicia Wilkins; Linda (Bruce) Tjaden, Steve (Kay) Burnett, and Bill Burnett; 11 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Harold will be best remembered for his kind heart and delightful sense of humor. There was never a dull moment when you were in his company. He had a life well lived, and will be fondly remembered by all those whose lives he touched.
A viewing will be held October 17th at 11 AM, at First Call Plus, 6942 S. 196th St, Kent WA 98032. Services will follow at 1:30 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St, Kent, WA 98042 and a reception will be held after the service at Stockton’s, 23220 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network or Washington Talking Book & Braille Library.