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HAROLD THEODORE BERVEN
August 12, 1923 ~ August 22, 2013
"Hal was a great story teller and he found joy
in making others laugh."
Harold Berven, 90, of Vancouver, Washington, passed away August 22, 2013. He was born August 12, 1923 in Glendive, Montana to Clarence and Malena Berven.
Hal attended West Seattle High School, and Washington State University in Pullman, WA.
He proudly served in the Navy, during WWII, and was recognized for heroism during the battle of Leyte Gulf, Philippines. He is a survivor of USS Gambier Bay, sinking in the same battle, and a recipient of the Purple Heart medal.
He was employed by Bemis Company for 37 years.
A member of Toastmasters, he also enjoyed playing Bridge, woodworking, golf, international travel, and fishing.
He loved dancing with his wife, Goya,
and was an outstanding role model to his sons.
Hal is survived by his sons, Gary (Anita) and Karl (Lynette) Berven; grandchildren, Karina, Kelsey, Kyle Quinn; and two great-grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Feliscar "Goya"; his parents; sister, Clarice; and brother, Donald.
Special thanks to Doctors Fowler and Pfaff, the caring staff at Van Mall, and Hal's dear friends and neighbors that made his last days so special.
A memorial will be held Sat., Sept. 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 401 E. 33rd St., Vancouver.
Donations may be made to the Salvation Army or
in Hal's name.
Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Aug. 30, 2013