Harold Vernon McLaughlin, 92, of Enterprise died March 4, 2009, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.
He was born April 13, 1916, to George Washington McLaughlin and Ella Gertrude Linney McLaughlin at New Raymer, Colo.
Harold grew up in the "Little Dust Bowl" of Eastern Colorado. After graduation from New Raymer High School in 1936, his family moved to Northwestern Colorado after losing the family farm due to dust bowl conditions and a series of crop failures.
Harold married Iowa schoolteacher Hope Hammond in 1948 and the couple raised three children at Steamboat Springs, Colo.
They relocated to Enterprise in 1973 and purchased a farm on Alder Slope.
Harold served in the military as a P-38 mechanic in the Air Force where he earned a rating of Staff Sergeant. He was a member of the Enterprise Christian Church.
After his retirement, Harold turned to wood working and participated in many fairs with his wife. He also enjoyed going to the community center meal site and playing pinochle with friends.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Hope; sons, Erl McLaughlin and his wife Mary Ann, and John McLaughlin and his wife Ronda; daughter, Carol and her husband Mark Kortnik; six grandchildren; and two half-brothers, Glen McLaughlin and Le Roy McLaughlin of Crawford, Colo.
A private ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Enterprise Christian Church or Community Connection in Enterprise.