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Ray Earl Harbolt

August 19, 1934 – June 30, 2024


Obituary For Ray Earl Harbolt

Ray Earl “Chuck” Harbolt passed away in Renton, WA June 30th 2024. He was born August 19, 1934 in Chinook, Montana to Glen M. and Daisy E. (Thompson) Harbolt. He was the youngest of four children. Ray was raised on a ranch / farm north of Chinook in the Cherry Ridge Community, and went to Chinook Public Schools. He graduated from Chinook High School in the class of 1952. While living in town during the school year, Ray was a member of the Sugarbeeter band and football team. In addition to this, he apprenticed as a butcher at a local butcher shop. During the summer, he helped his family with the ranch. After graduating from high school, Ray became a proud radioman in the U.S. Navy, and served time in Korea. In 2017, he was presented with the Ambassador of Freedom medal by the government of South Korea for his service during the war.

After time in the Navy, Ray attended the University of Montana, graduating with a B.S. in Banking and Finance. He later received his MBA from Indiana University. He married Carol McGuire on June 17, 1956. The couple lived in various places including Montana, Spokane, Issaquah, and Maple Valley Washington. Ray and Carol have three children: Deanna, Larry, and Kathryn, and often opened their home to other children and young adults in need of a place to live. In addition to his family, Ray spent 17 years in the savings and loan business, where he was vice president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, and a senior vice president of Great Western Savings and Loan. He had a second career as a business officer for the Lutheran Bible Institute / Trinity Lutheran College. Ray was quite a storyteller, and wherever he went in his travels locally or world wide, he always met someone who knew someone he knew. Ray had very clever wit and had various ways of expressing it. One of his favorite sayings was, “It is far better to procrastinate than to never have done anything at all!”

Ray and Carol were members of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah, WA for 55 years. Ray was also an active member of the Issaquah Kiwanis Club, and a member of VFW Post 5052 of Maple Valley – Black Diamond, WA and also volunteered at Tahoma National Cemetery for a number of years. In addition to this, he enjoyed matting and framing pictures for others. One of Ray’s great passions was attending and viewing a variety of sporting events with his son, Larry. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol, his mother and father; his sisters, Joan Stremcha and June McBride; and his brother, Jim Harbolt.

Ray is survived by his daughter Deanna Harbolt Hayes (Michael), son Larry R. Harbolt, daughter Kathryn A. Rotter (Matthew), grandchildren Zachary Rotter, Daniel Harbolt, Emma R. Nolan (Andrew), Joel Rotter, Jamie Harbolt, and great granddaughters Josephine and Drew Nolan.

Ray cared deeply about others and always found ways to connect with people. It was his joy to help others. In honor of Ray, and in lieu of flowers or other memorials, we ask you to consider connecting with someone else in a way that will impact their life in a positive way.

​A Celebration of Life service for Ray Harbolt will take place on Monday, August 19, 2024, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church. A luncheon will follow the service. The church is located at 745 Front Street S. Issaquah, WA 98027. Interment with full military honors will precede the service at Tahoma National Cemetery beginning at 9:30 a.m. The cemetery is located at 18600 S.E. 240th St. Kent, WA 98042.

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  • July 10, 2024

    My condolences to the family of Ray Harbolt. Peace and strength to the family and may Ray’s soul rest in eternal peace. (Christopher – 1999 – 2002 TLC/LBIS).

  • July 09, 2024

    Ray made a huge difference in my and my brother’s life. When I was an international student at Trinity, my teenage brother had gone through a very rough year back in my hometown in Russia: my parents were going through a nasty divorce, and he was dealing with it by himself with me millions of miles away. Ray and Carol helped me invite my brother to the US for a summer visit and put up both of us, a 15 year old and an 18 year old from Russia, at their house for 2 weeks. We visited Boeing Flight Museum, saw the Blue Angels together and did a lot of ther signtseeing.This visit ended up changing my brother’s life: he got interested in learning English and is currently flying for an airline outside of Russia, free from the obligation of having to fight in the war in Ukraine. Ray and Carol’s kindness and hospitality, Ray’s incredible wit and sense of humor, as well as Ray’s amazing frame making skills (we still have our wedding invitations framed by him) have been an incredible gift to our family!

  • July 09, 2024

    To the Harbolt family: What a wonderful father and grandfather you had in your life! Ray (and Carol) was a very special friend to me. We shared almost 10 years volunteering at Tahoma National cemetery. During that 10 years, we shared “life,” as everyone does, and provided a lot of comfort to each other as well as just an war. I admired Ray’s work ethic and humanity. Just a good human through and through. My sincere condolences to the Harbolt family. I know he will be missed in your lives. His extreme faith tells me exactly where he is however and I know he is so excited to reunite with his beautiful bride. I am in AZ and unfortunately unable to attend his celebration. Please know I am with you in spirit and again, my sincere condolences. Sandy Hatcher

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