Harry Senn Obituary

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Harry Gene Senn

May 4, 1927 - November 11, 2013
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Harry Gene Senn, 86, of Olympia, Washington, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2013, at St. Peter's Hospital with his family by his side. He was born May 4, 1927, in Chehalis, Washington to Grover Dee and Ellen Anna (Beck) Senn. Harry graduated from Chehalis High School in 1945, where he met his wife Dorothy Schindler. He and Dorothy married in Chehalis shortly before he graduated from the University of Washington's School of Fisheries in 1950. Harry worked for the Department of Game briefly and the Department of Fisheries for the remainder of his career. He moved his family to Olympia in 1962, building a house on Hewitt Lake...
Harry Gene Senn, 86, of Olympia, Washington, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2013, at St. Peter's Hospital with his family by his side. He was born May 4, 1927, in Chehalis, Washington to Grover Dee and Ellen Anna (Beck) Senn. Harry graduated from Chehalis High School in 1945, where he met his wife Dorothy Schindler. He and Dorothy married in Chehalis shortly before he graduated from the University of Washington's School of Fisheries in 1950. Harry worked for the Department of Game briefly and the Department of Fisheries for the remainder of his career. He moved his family to Olympia in 1962, building a house on Hewitt Lake for Dorothy and him to raise their four children. Harry retired in 1979 as the Chief of the Salmon Culture Division. His accomplishments were recognized by Governor Dan Evans.

After retirement, Harry was very active. He continued his Christmas tree farm business; expanded a timber business; operated a fisheries salmon egg production facility; provided fisheries consulting services including travel to Japan, Chile and other interesting places; and helped family with various projects and challenges.

Harry was an avid outdoorsman and very passionate about the Pacific Northwest ; he especially enjoyed fishing as a young boy on the North Fork of the Newaukum River and during annual fishing trips to Alaska. He enjoyed bantering with his business associates, other friends and always looked forward to reunions with high school classmates.

Harry is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; sister, Wilda Osborne of East Wenatchee; children, Thomas Senn, Jenny Baxter, Sue (Mike) Sergeant and Diane Beck, all of Thurston County; and six grandchildren.

All are invited to attend a graveside service at the Claquato Cemetery, 142 Stearns Rd., Chehalis, Washington, Saturday, November 16, at 11:00 a.m. A 1:00 reception is planned at the Riverside Golf Course, 1451 NW Airport Way, Chehalis, Washington.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a charity of your choice.

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