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Richard Allen Harles

05/12/1944 - 12/31/2021

Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, soon to be Great Grandfather, Brother, Brother-in-Law, Uncle & Great Uncle; Preceded in death by his parents, Carrie & Alphonso Harles, Brother and Sister-in-Law; Stan and Cynthia Harles and brother, Harland (Elsie) Harles. Survived by his loving wife and family, Patricia Harles, AZ; Daughter, Dawn Colleen (Chris) Clogston, WA; Son, Shane Allen Harles, WA; Two Granddaughters, Reilly Holmes, WA; And Heather (Christian) Lukenbach-Cornell, WA. Survived by two brothers, Norman (Lenore) Harles, NV; Roger (Lucy) Harles, AZ; and by two sisters, Karen (Wayne) Stine, WA; and Mavis (Kevin) Kalbrener, WA; Sister-in-Law, Elsie (Harland) Harles; as well as by many Nieces, Nephews, Grand Nieces and Nephews. Rich passed away peacefully while in the ICU at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

Celebration of Life will take place at Victory Lutheran Church, 5946 E. University Dr, Mesa, Arizona, on Thursday, January 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m.

Appreciated memorials to American Lung Association.


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Anthony & Dianna Larsen

    Dear Patti and family ,
    We are so saddened to hear of Rich’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalms 34:18

    Tony & Dianna Larsen

  • Fred & Arlene Andrews

    He was a good friend. I will miss him.

  • Denise & Craig Campbell

    Uncle Richard… may you rest is sweet peace.
    I will always remember your laugh & your witty sense of humor. All our love to your kids, grandkids, your brothers & sisters & your wife.

  • Rich was a big part of our lives, and will be so missed. He was best friend of my husband, Bill. They grew up together, and the stories were hilarious. My heart goes out to his wife and rest of his family. He was loved. ❤️

  • Bud n Ann Baker

    We are all sad with the outcome but know it was Gods will. I have tons of memories with Rich being my neighbor and friend since 1956. We shared a lot of times together and I will keep these memories forever. Happy Trails my dear friend until we meet again.

  • We loved Rich’s easy going spirit, his individualism, his love for the outdoors and that he loved our long time friend, his beloved wife, Patti! We have such happy memories of visiting them in AZ, eating outdoors and watching the sunset over the mountains. Playing cards and other games were a fun and an enjoyable way to spend the evenings. We loved it when they came to Pocono Pines, PA, to visit us in their RV motor home. Now that’s a great way to travel! We are so happy Rich was able to complete the cross country trip and be able to cross that adventure off his bucket list. Our friendship came into being only twelve years ago….but will last in our hearts and minds forever. Until we meet again….Love, Joyce & Drew

  • Chris Jensen Zanmillet

    I am so sorry to hear this. May Jesus embrace you in his loving arms

  • Mike & Susie Ribordy

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending love & prayers to you Patti & the family
    RIP Rich

  • Sorry for your loss

  • Marlene Perkins

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Patty. You and Rich made such a cute couple!
    He will be missed by so many relative and friends.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Rob and Peggy Robbins

    Patti, We are so sorry for your loss. You lost a wonderful man.

  • Richard and Sharon Van Lieu

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We know you have many wonderful memories of Rich, as do we. Loved having you both as our neighbors for a while. God bless you and send His peace and comfort to you and all the family. With love, Richard and Sharon. 💞🙏🌹

  • Rich and I grew up on farms near Underwood MN. We had lots of adventures through the years in Washington and Arizona. My condolences to all of Rich’s family, he will be missed. Carl &Monica Larson

  • Kathi & Tim Harles

    There are no words that can fill the holes in hearts left by the passing of our Uncle Rich. As time goes on, we hope the holes fill with happy, loving memories and the sadness eases.

    Tim and I will be forever grateful to Uncle Rich for what was the trip of a lifetime for our Dad….Rich and Stan on a road trip back to Minnesota. I envisage it to be something like a male version of Thelma and Louise. Stan being the conservative play by the rules type and Uncle Rich…well, Uncle Rich being Uncle Rich!

    We think it so fitting that our fun loving, cheeky, sometimes even annoying, always laughing and smiling uncle took his final bow on New Year’s Eve. He will certainly be missed.

    Our Love,
    Kathi (not Kathleen) & Tim

    PS. Uncle Rich, ever since I can remember called me Kathleen, knowing full well I was a Katherine. I knew it was in good fun!

  • Kevin and Mavis Kalbrener

    Sadly, Rich is no longer physically present to us, but his spirit will always be with us. To me, that spirit is one of love, caring, mischief making, adventure and humor. Rich could always be counted on to enhance any gathering with his energetic presence, chiding, and robust laughter. He enjoyed a good time and did his best to see that others around him enjoyed themselves too. Rich also had a more serious and compassionate side. He was a great support to me through a myriad of life’s challenges. I will miss Rich with all my heart but am eternally grateful for having shared a bit of life and so many fun times with him. There is a German proverb that says: “Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time”. Until that time when we meet again, Rich’s spirit will live among us and will continue to enrich our lives each time we share the many stories we carry with us and as we carry his memory in our hearts.

    And by the way Rich, I am not sorry for hanging up on you those many years ago. You earned that, and you got a lot of mileage off retelling the story. I can still hear you laughing as you did.

    We love you Rich,
    Mavis & Kevin

  • Lee & Laurie Swanson

    So sorry about Richs’ passing. We enjoyed the times we’ve spent with you and Rich. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. He will be missed.
    Sincerely, Lee & Laurie

  • Jan & Max Hatcher

    We are so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. You are in our prayers 🙏

  • Christine Hartman / Richard Wells

    Rich was a wonderful man and we are both very sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.

  • Mike and Nancy Meyers

    Patti and family: We were heartbroken to hear of Rich’s passing. He was such a wonderful man as well as a good friend. He will be with us always out on his favorite trails up on the mountain.
    Mike and Nancy

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