Richard Dale Harbaugh, 80, of Mesa, Ariz., died Nov. 23, 2007 in Payson, Ariz. after a long battle of diabetes and heart disease.
He was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 9, 1927 to John E. and Stella L. Harbaugh. Mr. Harbaugh grew up in West Toledo and Trilby, Ohio. After graduating from DeVibiss High School in Toledo, Ohio in 1945, he went into the Navy, where he studied electrical engineering. He graduated from the University of Toledo and University of Michigan and attended University of Wisconsin, University of New Mexico and San Jose State University, where he studied advanced courses in electrical engineering. He attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. He moved to Sunnyvale, Calif. in 1959, where he worked in the aerospace industry for Lockheed for 28 years when he retired.
He belonged to the Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He was a member of "SIRS," also a member of the International Electrical Engineers (IEEE).
He enjoyed fishing and camping. His true hobby was golfing. He was also a sports enthusiast, a San Francisco Giants and 49-er fan.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley A. Harbaugh; his children, Dale V. Harbaugh of Mesa, Ariz. and daughter Maribeth A. Miller of Payson, Ariz.; brother, Jack Harbaugh of Hudson, Mich.; grandchildren Melissa J. Harbaugh and Ryan T. Miller, both of Payson, Josh D. Harbaugh of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rachel S. Harbaugh of Mesa, Ariz., Tiffany Pope of Jacksonville, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial and celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m., Dec. 10, 2007 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Rd., Payson, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Diabetes Association.