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William Harley

William C. Harley, 84 of Grants Pass passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019 at his home in Grants Pass.

William was born on January 21, 1935 in Paris Arkansas to William and Laura Harley. They later moved to Long Beach, CA where he attended Long Beach Poly Technical & Long Beach City College.

On May 5, 1959 he married the love of his life, Darlyne Denson in Downey, California. Eventually they moved to Grants Pass which is where they settled until his passing. They celebrated 60 years of marriage just this year. For over 40 years he worked as an aerospace mechanical engineer for NASA and helped design the minute man rocket and the remote sensing camera which is now in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

William enjoyed wood working, computers, astronomy, traveling and most of all just being with his family.

In addition to his wife, Darlyne Harley, William is survived by his daughters, Cathi Harley (Kevin) and Tera Harley (Keith); son, Bryan Harley (Angie); granddaughter, Lily Harley and grandson, Dylan Harley.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three siblings.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made to the Rogue Valley Humane Society.


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