Harry Richard York passed away on March 9, 2014, surrounded by family. He was 88.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. on Mon., March 24, 2014, at the Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough and Ready Hwy., in Grass Valley.
Harry was the middle of 11 children, born to Calla Perna and George Earl York. He was born Jan. 15, 1926, in Goodland, Sherman County, Kan.
He was a graduate of Glad Tidings Bible Institute in San Francisco. As a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God, he helped plant the AG Church in Cloverdale, Calif.
He served his country during the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Military SGT with the Medics. He then earned a bachelor of arts degree from Laverne College and a master of arts degree in Education from Chapman College. He was also granted a Life Teaching Credential with the State of California.
It was in Scotts Valley at the annual Camp Meeting where he met the love of his life, Lois Topper. They were married in Lincoln, Calif., in 1954.
They raised their four children in Santa Cruz County: Renae, Rebecca, Nathan and Ramona. He finally retired to Grass Valley in 1988.
Harry was a teacher, elementary and high school principal, general contractor, land developer and church builder. He taught five years at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville and served on the board of regents. He led several foreign mission building teams and many teams to local churches in California and Nevada.
He was a supporter of Light for the Lost and Book of Hope which provided copies of the Bible in foreign languages to the grade school children of those countries.
Some of his favorite pursuits were gardening, beekeeping, bird watching, camping, hiking, playing games, helping others, serving, giving, and fixing things in his woodshop.
He had first and foremost a deep and abiding love of God; becoming a man of the highest integrity, honorable, pure with no deceit, a man of faith, unique and one of a kind.
He loved a good debate and enjoyed exploring and challenging others’ thoughts and beliefs. Babies and children were especially delightful to him, bringing out his ready million dollar smile and a sparkle to his crystal blue eyes.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, his four children, three brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves 15 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.