William “Bill” EugeneHarmon
William “Bill” Eugene

William "Bill" Eugene Harmon died peacefully Oct. 9, 2013, with family members by his side. Bill was born in Reno, Nev., on April 27, 1927, to Robert and Audrey Harmon. Bill was raised in Imlay, Nev., with his brothers, John and Cliff Harmon. He graduated from Lovelock High School.

Bill was on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps from January 1945 until April 1947 during WWII. On Dec. 18, 1953, Bill married the love of his life, Audrey Bitton. They lived in Imlay and Unionville and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and raising their children. Bill was quite a hand with horses and he always remembered George as his favorite.

Bill was an Engineer with the Southern Pacific Railroad and retired in 1987 after 40 years. In 1967, Bill and Audrey moved to Fernley when the railroad stop was moved from Imlay to Sparks. Fernley was as close as he wanted to get to the "big" city. Bill volunteered many years with the Fernley Fire Department. In August 1993, when his beloved Audrey passed away, Bill returned to their home in Imlay where he was much closer to the rural areas of Nevada that he so loved.

Bill is survived by his daughters Dolores Hutten (Neil) of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Penny Campbell (Russ) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and his sons Starr Harmon (Debbie Ewing) of Winnemucca, Nev.; Brent Harmon (Suzanne Young) of Reno, Nev.; and Dennis Brown (Sharon Hoy) of Winnemucca, Nev.; 15 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, his parents, wife, brothers, and one great-grandchild.

Bill will always be remembered for his quick wit and his love of family, rural Nevada, hunting, fishing, and rock hunting. No funeral is scheduled but a celebration of life will be held next summer at the Unionville Community Park at which time his ashes will be united with those of Audrey's. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in memory of William Harmon to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.