Harald Lindjord: 1923-2017

Jul 19, 2017

Harald Lindjord, beloved father and Papa, passed away peacefully July 9, 2017. Harald was a kind, honest and compassionate man devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always ready to help someone in need, whether they asked for it or not.

Harald was born in a small house in Seattle Aug. 31, 1923, to Jacob and Jorgine Lindjord, who had emigrated from Kristiansand, Norway. The youngest of seven children, he grew up in the Phinney Ridge area of north Seattle, graduating from Ballard High School. He soon traveled to Alaska to work on a fishing boat and later found work as a carpenter’s helper, honing the skills he later used to build his home.

A World War II veteran, Harald served in the Army's 10th Mountain Division ski troops, a unit specializing in warfare in mountainous and arctic conditions. He trained in the high Rockies at Camp Hale near Pando, Colorado, and fought near Torraccio, Italy.

In May 1945, while leading his men up the slopes of Mount Belvedere, he came under heavy artillery fire and was severely wounded. He stuck to his position and refused evacuation until his unit could advance and secure its objective. He was awarded the Bronze Star in recognition of his bravery.

After the war, Harald built his own home in north Seattle and worked as superintendent at Seattle Service Company for 43 years. In 1951, he and his wife joined Ronald Methodist Church, where he remained a member until his death. Harald loved to travel, especially to Hawaii, where he developed an insatiable appetite for papaya. He had an unquenchable thirst for new places to visit. During retirement, he loved to golf, playing many rounds with his buddies.

Harald is survived by his daughter Theone (Bruce) Holms, son Stephen (Barbara) Lindjord, grandchildren Stephanie Dupuis, Lisa (Brent) McCoy, Marisa (Ben) Young, Tegan (David) Adams, and seven great-grandchildren.

Harald was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary and son Norman.

Remembrances may be made to Evergreen Hospice Care in Kirkland.

 

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