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Posted - 05/14/2016 :  10:06:43  Show Profile
Harold B. Popplewell, 98, of Anacortes, WA, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016 at Green Cliffs Lodge AFH in Anacortes. He was born on June 15, 1917 on Popplewell Hill near Albany, Missouri, the son of Martin and Zoe (Staton) Popplewell and he received his early schooling in a country school in that area. In early 1927 the family homesteaded to Ideal, South Dakota where they farmed and ranched until the drought and depression of the 1930ís forced a move to nearby Batesland, South Dakota on the great Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Harold loved ranching and enjoyed the life of a cowboy, spending many years riding the range of their registered Hereford cattle operation. In 1942 he was drafted by the U.S. Army where he trained and served as a combat medic in the 90th Infantry Division under General Patton until the war was over in Europe. Harold was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in Germany, a Bronze Star for heroic achievement, the Bronze Arrowhead for the landing on Utah Beach and 5 Major Battle Stars for his service in Europe. After the war he returned to Batesland and began ranching again. In 1949 Harold married the love of his life, Shirley Amende in Chadron, Nebraska and they had two daughters, Susan and Pamela. He served his community there for many years as a Bennett County Commissioner. In 1971 the family sold the ranch and moved west to College Place, WA but soon settled nearby in Milton-Freewater, OR. Harold was a licensed Real Estate Broker and became manager and broker of Jefferies Realty in the Milton-Freewater office. In his later years Harold helped Shirley at Rosebrooke Retirement Home, which they owned and she operated for several years. Harold always said that his most important and fulfilling job in life was being a good husband and a good father to their two precious daughters. He was an interesting man who had many different life experiences as an avid horseman, gardener, auctioneer and inventor. Harold was a caring man, always ready to offer help to anyone who needed it. Several times during his retirement years he expressed how grateful he was to have been able to live and experience life through the horse and buggy era, then through the years to our present time with all the amazing technology and knowledge of today. Harold was a spiritual man who was looking forward to a much greater and more abundant life than he experienced on this earth. He remained active in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church until his death. Harold is survived by his loving and beloved wife, Shirley at the family home in Anacortes, WA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Dr. Mel Farnsworth of Anacortes and Dr. Pamela Popplewell and Cary Shepherd of Seattle, WA; two grandchildren, Adam (Diana) Farnsworth of Anacortes and Dr. Ashley (Alan) Ayers of Anacortes along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Outreach, P.O. Box 8, College Place, WA 99324 or goaim1.org. A Memorial Service will be held at the family home on June 19, 2016. Please contact the family for additional details on the celebration of Haroldís life. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Harold, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.

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