HAROLD J. RENFRO, 98, a lifelong resident of Sedro-Woolley passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2003 at the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley.
Harold was born in Sedro-Woolley on December 14, 1904, the son of James H. & Flora V. Wall Renfro. He was raised and attended school in Sedro-Woolley, graduating from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1926, after returning from Seattle where he helped his father as a brick mason. Harold had already passed his civil service exam and finally began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1927 when a job became available in Sedro-Woolley. On July 16, 1929 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Bradford in Snohomish, WA and they made their home together in Sedro-Woolley until her death in 1985. Harold was a postal carrier in town for 23 years and then took a driving rural route for 12 years. He had recalled being one of the first out after heavy snow storms and delivering mail to wives and family of servicemen overseas during the wars. He retired in 1962.
Harold enjoyed photography, and was one of the first in Sedro-Woolley to take color photos. He also liked hiking and fishing, and was one of the organizing founders of the Wildcat Steelhead Club. He and several of his fishing friends over the years hiked into and stocked over 22 lakes and streams with fish in the North Cascades.
He was a member of the I.O.O.F. since 1922, the Alpine Club, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Wildcat Steelhead Club and the Sedro-Woolley Museum.
Harold is survived by his daughter, Dolores Renfro of Sedro-Woolley, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Sarah &Gussie Renfro.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday February 5, 2003 at 3:00 PM at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley. Inurnment will be in the I.O.O.F. section of Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery. Visitation available thru services on Wednesday, followed by cremation under direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society of Skagit County or the Arthritis Foundation. Share thoughts and memories of Harold and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com