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Posted on Mar 7, 2019

Obituary: Edwin Gene Harvill

Edwin Gene Harvill

Edwin (Ed) Gene Harvill, 78, passed away peacefully, February 18, 2019, at the Pullman Regional Hospital surrounded by his children.
Ed was born in Pasco, Washington, on September 21, 1940, to Ed and Louise (Scheib) Harvill. He was the oldest of three children: Ed, his sister Pat and younger brother Tom. The family later moved to Quincy, Washington, where he graduated from high school in 1957. After high school graduation he attended Eastern Washington University pursuing a teaching degree in industrial education and embarking on a lifelong love of creating toys and furniture out of wood. Ed joined the ROTC program and this changed his career path from teaching to a career in the military.
While attending college, Ed met the love of his life Donna Daily from Palouse, Washington. They were married on June 16, 1963, and upon graduation, Ed was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Soon the newlyweds were off to Fort Knox, Kentucky, where Ed attended the Armor Officer Basic Course. After the successful completion, Ed and Donna sailed to Germany for their first duty assignment. During Ed’s military career he served around the world: two tours in Vietnam, a tour in Korea and numerous assignments in the United States. After 23 years of service to his country, he retired from Fort Lewis, Washington, as a Lieutenant Colonel. Ed went on to pursue a civilian career, at Pierce County Transit for 19 years.
When not on duty or working for Pierce Transit, Ed kept busy with his many hobbies. While in Korea, he took up running, which he loved! He soon logged hundreds of miles and went on to complete several marathons. After he could no longer run due to Parkinson’s disease, he took up biking and yoga. He had a love of woodworking, gardening with his wife, and enjoying life in one place (Ed and family had endured 12 moves throughout his military career). Ed and Donna’s final move took place in 2008 when they moved to the family farm in Potlatch, where they were able to enjoy true country living. Once settled in at the farm, he enjoyed the Coffee Clutch in Palouse, reading to local elementary children, and he especially liked taking Yoga “with the girls.” He was active in both the Presbyterian Church in University Place, Washington, and the Community Presbyterian Church in Potlatch, Idaho. Ed had an insatiable sweet tooth and never met a cookie he didn’t like.
Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the early 1995, Ed met it head on with a great attitude, tenacity and a strong determination to live his life to the fullest. He was a true warrior while battling the disease, and he will always be our hero.
Ed is survived by his children: Kevin (Sondra) Harvill of Potlatch and their children, Ashley (Derek) Day, Sara Harvill, Jake and Heidi Eimers; Kimberley (Brad) Bettencourt of Boise and their children, Landon, Jahna, and Christan Bettencourt; and Kurt (Angela) Harvill of Bellingham, Washington, and their children, Samantha and Tylor Harvill. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Jayden Bettencourt, Riley and Conner McManus, and his siblings, Patricia (Jim) Johnson of Morton and Tom (Gerri) Harvill of Sagle.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, and his parents, Ed and Louise.
A memorial celebrating Ed’s Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on March 2, 2019, at the Grace Community Church in Potlatch, Idaho.
Memorial donations may be made to Potlatch Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 63, Potlatch, ID 83855.
Kramer Funeral Home, Palouse, Washington, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at