Harold Jasper Guernsey passed away on Aug. 11, 2019 in Mukilteo, Wash., at the age of 96. He was born in Clear Lake, Wash. on Dec. 22, 1922. Harold was born the fourth of five siblings and was the last of them to pass. He married the love of his life, Barbara Jean Guernsey, on May 5, 1944, at Seattle First Baptist Church.
Joining the Army Infantry in June 1944, he was stationed in France and was a part of the Europe theatre during WWII. After being honorably discharged in April 1946, he purchased a lot on Mercer Island, Wash., with plans to live there. In 1949, Barbara and Harold built their home on Mercer Island, where they spent the next 24 years raising three children, Shirley Ann, Donna Sue and Gary Max. They spent a lot of time playing tennis on the court he built, skiing, camping, cruising and travelling all over. During this time Harold was also working as a machinist at Boeing and later moved on to finance as an estimator for the company.
During their later years Harold and Barbara enjoyed world travel, their vacation home at Driftwood Keys on Hood Canal and their timeshare on Wapato Point, Lake Chelan. They spent the month of February for 30 consecutive years at a resort village in Mexico, where they made some wonderful longtime friends.
After leaving Mercer Island in 1972, and settling in Seattle, then Shoreline, Barbara and Harold eventually moved to Useless Bay, Whidbey Island, Wash., on the bluff to watch the cruise ships go by.
Harold is survived by son, Gary Guernsey (Joanne); daughter, Shirley Lacy (Mike); five grandsons, Cameron, Craig, Scott, Brian and Kealan; one granddaughter, Morgan; and nine great grandchildren.