Royce V. Harmon Jr., 59, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, formerly Fargo passed away Wednesday August, 10th in the Veterans Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Royce was born May 31, 1952 in Richmond, CA to Royce and Lydia (Juntunen) Harmon.  He grew up in the Richmond, CA where he graduated in 1971 from Richmond High School.  Shortly after his graduation the family moved to Fargo, ND.  Royce enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Germany where he served as a cook from 1972-1974.  He was honorably discharged and re-enlisted and served in the Army from 1975-1978.  After his second honorable discharge he returned to Fargo where he began working at NDSU as a custodian.  He later worked at the VA Hospital in Fargo.  He began a career with the VA Hospitals working in numerous cities including Sioux Falls, SD, Fresno, CA, Sheyenne, WY, Madison, WI, Cedar Rapids, IA, Leavenworth, KS, and Omaha, NE.  At the time of his death he was working in Harpers Ferry, WV for the US Park Service at the Civil War site.

He was always actively involved with the church wherever he lived.  He enjoyed traveling, working with youth, and cooking.

He is survived by his mother, Lydia Harmon, Moorhead, MN; three brothers; Thomas (Jane) Harmon, Fargo, ND, Gary (Patty) Harmon, Chanhassen, MN and Richard Harmon, St. Louis Park, MN.

Royce is preceded in death by his father, Royce, Sr.

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  1. Harpers Ferry WVDear Harmon Family,

    I was away on leave when I got the news. My sincere condolences.

    Royce was a fine man. We had the Outer Banks in common. He loved to visit the beaches there and we talked about how beautiful a place that part of North Carolina was. We also had similar veteran experiences in common as well. Royce had a good sense of humor and was always an upbeat guy. He was great fun to talk with and served his nation well. I will remember him fondly.

    His Co-worker,

    Steve Lowe
    Park Landscape Architect

  2. Whenever I came across Royce in the Park, he always had a smile and often a joke or two to share. He will surely be missed in Harpers Ferry NHP.

  3. Harpers Ferry WVI worked with Royce at Harpers Ferry NHP. I remember his warm, friendly, cheerful attitude. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Pennsdale Pa.Royce certainly brightened our day with his stories of past and present.
    May God’s love shine on Royce’s family
    and friends.
    He is in the Lord’s hands now.

  5. charlestown west virginia MR.Royce will be dearly and truly missed i am the rennies 9 year old son charlie me and mr. roye was great friends and he will be missed allot

  6. Harpers Ferry West VirginiaI worked with Royce and I never thought I would miss his daily radio transmission, “I’m coming with the van”, as he picked up his co-workers at the end of each day. I miss it now.

  7. Harpers Ferry WVRoyce was a precious friend and truly one of the kindest people we have had the pleasure to have known. He always had a word of encouragement and never missed an opportunity to be a blessing to everyone. We miss him so much and are looking forward to the day when we rejoice with him in the presence of our King.

  8. Harpers Ferry West VirginiaI am sorry to hear of Royce’s passing. I came to know Royce while he worked at Harpers Ferry NHP. He provided excellent custodial service as well as customer service to our building. He was personable and always upbeat. It was a pleasure to have known him.

    He was taken far to early from this life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends.

  9. Harpers Ferry WVRoyce was such a positive person and loved to share his stories. We enjoyed early morning chats here at Harpers Ferry NHP. He always had a smile, even during his illness, he stayed positive. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss.

  10. Harpers Ferry WVRoyce will surely be missed. He was always so happy and willing to bake a treat for anyone, or lend a helping hand. Such a good guy.

  11. Harpers Ferry West VirginiaMy condolonces to Royce’s family and friends. Royce was my co-worker and whenever I saw him, he always had a positive attitude and kind demeanor.

  12. Purcellville VAThe Lord bless you and keep you, the lord make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace. Father into your keeping we commend the spirit of Royce, into Your presence we committ his soul and under your protection we place his body in Jesus name Amen.

  13. Harpers Ferry,WVA 25425 I am so srry to hear about the passing of Royce, he was such a wonderful Christian Man. We all loved him at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
    the Family is in my prayers. Royce and I had many talks about stories from the Bible. we know that Royce is with the Lord.
    Guinevere Roper Park Ranger

  14. Martinsburg WV
    Royce will be missed. I was a co-worker of his at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (WV) the last few years and enjoyed working and talking with him. He will be sorely missed here at the park. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time of grief.

  15. Harpers Ferry WV We will always remember what Royce said to us at our last church fall outdoor event “For my retirement, I would like a big cookout/bonfire”. Royce had a place in our hearts and we are missing him.

  16. Harpers Ferry WVRoyce always had such a sunny disposition and he was a real people person. I was blessed to know him. May God comfort his family with many wonderful memories and the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  17. LODI CAOn behalf of my Uncle Dennis and myself our deepest sympathy goes out to Royce’s family. We are sorry that Royce lost his battle with his illness but we know he his in heaven. Dennis and myself have a lot of fond memories of such a wonderful friend he will be missed. May Gods loving embrace comfort you all in your time of sorrow.

    Dennis and Terresa

  18. HArpers Ferr WV So sorry for your loss. Royce will be sorely missed. I will always remember his smiling face and upbeat outlook on things. The one thing that we will always remember about Royce is that when our son Perry was so sick,he called everyone that he knew and had everyone praying for our son. He was such a part of our family in and outside the church, during our Christmas card exchange,he addressed PErry’s card to cousin Perry. May God give you his family the peace and understanding that only He can give. You will be in our prayers and Royce will certainly be missed by many at Bolivar Pent. Church.God bless you.

  19. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Harmon Family. We knew Royce from our church in Harpers Ferry, WV. He was always so friendly with an upbeat attitude. He is greatly missed.

  20. Harpers Ferry WV
    Royce was faithful to the church and really enjoyed fellowshipping with his church family. I’ll miss him.

  21. Martinsburg WVRoyce was always a good friend, he was always trying to make people laugh. I enjoyed all the stories he told, he always like meeting new people. He will dearly be missed by me and all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family and friends.

  22. Harpers Ferry, WV Royce was a kind hearted and generous individual. He loved to talk – be it with his co-workers or visitors! – about his many travels and his church. Royce was a member of our National Park Service family and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and other friends.

  23. Harpers Ferry WVMy condolences to the family. I went to Church with Royce for several years, in that time he I grew close and admired how he lived His life for Christ. I loved Him like a brother! His memory will live with me the rest of my life here on this earth. And we all will see him in eaternity with Christ our Lord. His presence at Bolivar Church will indeed be felt and missed. Royce loved kids and was a powerfull whitness of how you should live for Christ Jesus. He is with the Lord now and is enjoying the presence of the Lord for eternity, with no pain, no sorrow. Royce is a very special person too me. My prayers are with the family and friends of Brother Royce.

  24. harpers ferry west virginiaWe met Royce when he started coming to our church. He quickly became part of our family. He loved our children, especially our son Charlie, and they truly loved “Mr. Royce.” He was a true Christian brother and will be greatly missed by us all. While we are saddened at his loss here on earth, we know that there is a great celebration in Heaven and that Royce’s suffering on this Earth is over. We pray for peace and strength for his family. God bless you all.

  25. Harpers Ferry WVBro. Royce will truly be missed at our church. We only had the pleasure of his company for a few years, but he made a big difference in our lives. His stories of his time of ministry to young people was always a joy to listen to, he had a great love for them and the ministry, which came directly from the heart of a Godly man. while it’s sad for those that are left behind, we rejoice in the fact that he is in the presence of the Lord whom he truly loved. We look forward to seeing him in Glory!!

  26. Charles Town WEST VIRGINIARoyce will surely be missed in Jefferson County, WV and at Bolivar Pentecostal Church. He was a kind and gentle man. He loved the Lord and could be counted on to heartily participate in every aspect of the church service. I will personally miss his readiness to share a word of praise for what the Lord had done or was doing in his life or the life of a friend. His commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, and endurance in the difficult days of his illness leaves an example for us all. We will fondly remember you Brother, until we meet again in the presence of the Lord.

  27. Charles Towm WVRoyce was a very kind, caring individual and he will surely be missed. We are sorry for your loss and will be keeping your family in our prayers. With our deepest sympathy, Wayne and Ellen Ott, part of his BIPCC family

  28. Harpers Ferry WVRoyce was one of those rare individuals who “never met a stranger.”
    He will be missed here at Bolivar Pentecostal Church.

  29. Charles Town WVRoyce you will be missed here at Bolivar, But I know you are rejoicing with the Lord today! May the Lord bless your friends and family.

  30. Harpers Ferry Royce is in the presence of our God. He served Him and declared his awesomeness throughout the years that I knew him and attended church with him. His strength amazed me as he honored his commitments until God chose to take him home. What a testimony he had of the saving grace of God. God speed my friend!

  31. Charles Town WVRoyce was very personable and spoke to everyone. He liked to tell stories of where he had worked and traveled. I know several of his coworkers from Harpers Ferry NHP will miss him and wish him peace.

  32. Ranson WVI just wanted to say Royce was a good person, who liked to travel and meet new people. I am one of his co workers and he will surely be missed

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