Harold LaVerne Firestone
1924 - 2015
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February 23, 1924 ~ July 26, 2015
"Hal will be remembered as loving husband
and father, and for having a strong work ethic.
He was always kind and a gentleman."

Hal Firestone, 91, passed away July 26, 2015 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was born to Altha Cooper and LaVerne Firestone on Feb. 23, 1924 in Vancouver, WA. He was the eldest child with two younger sisters and one younger brother. Hal grew up on a farm in Fruit Valley and spent most of his life living in the same area.
After starting his education at Oregon State University majoring in Engineering, he enlisted in the army. During World War II, Hal was stationed in the European and Japanese theaters. After the war, he resumed his studies at Oregon State University where he met his wife, Jean Raddatz. After graduation, Hal accepted an engineering position at Alcoa in Vancouver, WA.
Hal was very active in community and church. He loved to travel and enjoyed being with friends and family.
Hal is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Dorene; two sons, Dave, Stan; brother, Merril; sister, Ardele; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Maxine.
A memorial service will be at First United Methodist Church, 401 E 33rd St., Sat., Aug. 8th at 1:00p.m.
Donations may be made in Hal's memory to First United Methodist Church Foundation Scholarship Fund.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 2, 2015.
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August 10, 2015
I was so sorry to hear about Hal's passing. I worked with Hal for many years at ALCOA. He was a great friend and we enjoyed our lunches together. I appreciate all of the dinners you and Hal had me to, Jean. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. May your memories of Hal lighten these days. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Vic DeAntonis
August 8, 2015
Heartfelt sympathy to you, Jean, and to your family. I didn't know Hal, but through knowing you, Jean, I can't help but know he was a great husband and father. May God bless you all.
Sandee Stark
August 4, 2015
Jean, we know Hal was a wonderful man and we honor his memory.
With sympathy, Larry and Betsy Mason
August 3, 2015
So sorry to hear of Hal's passing. I always enjoyed his visits.
Rest In Peace
Mark Holbrook
August 2, 2015
Sending my condolences to the family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. (Psalm 29:11)
August 2, 2015
Thinking of you, Jean, at this sad time. May your happy memories of your lives together sustain you in the days ahead. Blessings to you and your family. Loretta Ramsey
Loretta Ramsey
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