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Harold Herbert Hougardy
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Obituary for Harold Herbert Hougardy

Harold Herbert Hougardy, born to Herbert and Beulah Hougardy on April 7, 1927 in Roundup, Montana, passed away in Santa Maria, CA on March 29, 2018.
He went to a 1 room, multi-grade rural school during his early years and then onto high school in Roundup. After graduation he went to work for International Harvester before enlisting in the US Army and serving a tour of duty during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Sgt. After his military service, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and once he moved his young family to California, he obtained a Master’s degree from UCLA.
Harold worked for over 35 years in the engineering/aerospace field, first with Hughes Aircraft, later with Teledyne, Inc. and lastly with TRW Space Systems, retiring to Santa Maria in the early 1990’s.
Harold married Leona Dorothy Wacker on April 9, 1949. They had been married for 66 years when she passed away in 2015. He was also predeceased by his parents as well as brother and sister-in-law, Loren and Doris Hougardy.
Harold is survived by his brothers, Robert (Barbara) and Dale (Beverly) and his sons, Richard (Connie) and Michael (Kathy). He also leaves his grandchildren, Sandi Ehresman (Jamie), Amy Meredith (John), Cory Hougardy and great grandson, Wyatt Meredith, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A special and heartfelt thank-you is given to his wonderful and loving caregivers for the past several years, Virginia, Rick, Lovejoy, Mark and Christina.
A memorial celebration of Harold’s life will be held Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11 am at Grace Lutheran Church in Santa Maria, where he was a faithful member for many years, followed by burial at the Santa Maria cemetery.
If so wished, in lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charity can be made in Harold’s memory.


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