Ruth Radine Harkey
July 25, 2000 11:00 pm

Ruth Radine Harkey, 80, Klamath Falls, died July 21, 2000, of natural causes at her residence.

She enjoyed traveling to Brookings, where she and her husband had a second home.

Mrs. Harkey was born Sept. 6, 1919, in Denver to Guy and Ollie (Bradon) Campbell.

She was raised in Denver, where she met her future husband, Harold Harkey, while in junior high school. They never dated anyone else.

After graduating from high school she studied at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, graduating as a registered nurse in 1942.

She then married Harold Harkey on Aug. 29, 1942, in North Platt, Neb. They made their first home in Denver, but when her husband entered military service during World War II, she moved to where her parents were living in North Platt and worked in the hospital there.

Following her husband's discharge from military service in 1945, they visited Klamath Falls and moved there the next year. Her husband farmed and she became the nursing supervisor at the old Valley Hospital on Pine Street.

In 1952, they moved to Yuma, Ariz., but decided they did not like the climate there so returned two years later to Klamath Falls.

Mrs. Harkey worked for the new Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (later named Merle West Medical Center) as the nursing supervisor and later became the charge nurse of the emergency room. She retired in 1990.

During her younger years, she enjoyed dancing, playing pinochle, roller skating, ice skating, and annual trips to visit her parents in North Platt.

She liked deep sea fishing from their boat and sometimes just watching the waves.

Mrs. Harkey also enjoyed reading mysteries, watching television, and daily meetings with her friends at the Klamath Basin Senior Center, where she and her husband would have lunch.

She was a member of the Suburban Heights Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of Klamath Falls; daughter and son-in-law Pat and David Hurst of Klamath Falls; son and daughter-in-law David and Lynette Harkey of Klamath Falls; grandchildren and their spouses Kristin Hurst of Portland; David and Sharon Harkey of England; Tamera and David Chambers of Sacramento, Michael and Amber Age, and Bobby Neeser, all of Klamath Falls; Joel Neeser of Grants Pass; brother and sister-in-law Ed and Doris Campbell of Colorado; sister-in-law Lenore Owens of Medford.

Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including her nephew, Steven Owens of Medford.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Neeser.

Memorial services were held July 25 in O'Hair and Riggs Funeral Chapel.

The Rev. Bob Freeman officiated. The service was followed by graveside services at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens and a reception in Suburban Heights Baptist Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Council, 2045 Arthur St., Klamath Falls, OR 97603.