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Harlen R Burton

Portland, Oregon

January 16, 2020

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
89 Army  


 Harlen served 14 months in Korea as a wireman for an artillery battery.

Harlen R. Burton 12-08-1930 01-16-2020 

Harlen Richard Burton was born in Roseau, Minnesota on Dec. 8, 1930. His mother Amy brought the family to Portland when she went to work in the shipyards. He graduated from Cleveland High School in 1949. 

While delivering papers in the neighborhood Harlen met Agnes View. He said short talks turned into long conversations and a slowing of deliveries. Love blossomed but the Army called. Harlen was sent to Korea for fourteen months serving as a wireman for an artillery battery. When he returned he married Agnes on August 8, 1953. During the next few years they had two sons and bought the house on Francis Street that they lived in for over 50 years. Harlen enjoyed taking part in his boy’s growing up, taking them to baseball practices and scouting activities. As they got older he gladly helped them and his grandsons whenever he saw the opportunity. And he especially loved when the family all got together not just for the holidays, but to watch the Ducks and the Blazers. 

Harlen retired from Boeing after working as a machinist and toolmaker for 40 years. 

Agnes and Harlen loved taking road trips and cruising, especially with family and friends. Australia, New Zealand, the Panama Canal were some of his favorites. One road trip took them to Alaska and the Artic Circle. They even had lunch in Moscow. And when they went on the road there were usually golf clubs in the trunk. Harlen loved to golf and belonged to many leagues where he made many of the long friendships in his life. Even more friends were made in the many bowling leagues he belonged to. 

As life slowed down they moved to Cherrywood retirement village, mainly because there was an 18 hole putting course. His smile and cheery disposition made him a favorite among the other residents and staff. 

Harlen is survived by his two children Daniel (Becky) and Steven (Nancy), two grandchildren Phillip (Melanie) and Tony (Theresa), and three greatgrandchildren Connor, Mason and Hunter, his sister Pearl Hass and brother Ervin. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Agnes, his mother Amy, his brother Harris and his sister Ruby Lane. 

Harlen Burton will have his funeral service at: 

Mt. Scott Funeral Home 4205 SE 59th Ave. Portland, OR 97206 (59th & Foster Rd.) 

January 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM 

Followed by a procession to a military service at 2:30 PM at Willamette National Cemetery

For some memorial service snapshots, Click photo below:

January 28, 2020

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