Neil Welcome Harwood


March 20, 2019 — Neil Welcome Harwood, 92, of Cottage Grove, passed away March 18, 2019.

He was born in Knappton, Wash., to Omar and Bethel (Skinner) Harwood. Neil joined the United States Army and worked as a surgical technician.

He married Rachel Bessonette July 28, 1947, in Deadwood, Ore. They were married 69 years.

Neil worked logging related jobs, and for many years as a road grader operator in Mapleton. He enjoyed family and friends. Neil loved camping and exploring many places in Oregon. He also enjoyed having a full wood shed for cozy fires in his fireplace.

He is survived by son David (Janette) Harwood of Walterville, Ore.; son Jeffrey Harwood of Cottage Grove, Ore.; brother Oscar Harwood of Amity, Ore.; brother Rex Harwood of Weiser, Idaho; brother Marvin Harwood of Calif.; sister Margie Herzberg of Tigard, Ore.; brother Walter Harwood of Roseburg, Ore.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Rachel Harwood.

Arrangements are in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel.

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