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Dave Harnly, 84, died on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. A memorial service will be held 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater.
Dave was born on November 22, 1932 in London, Ohio to Marian Lenore (Allbeck) Harnly and Myron Doyt Harnly. He was raised in Ohio and graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1950. Following a year at Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., graduating in 1955. Dave was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in which he served for 27 years, retiring as a Colonel. Dave earned a Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and taught mathematics and aeronautics at the Air Force Academy from 1964 to 1969. He served a year in Vietnam as a fighter pilot, flying 273 combat missions. He was the commander of two flying squadrons during his career and served as Commander of AFROTC Det 670 at Oklahoma State University from 1977 to 1980. After his retirement from the Air Force in 1982, Dave worked with the Center for Local Government Technology at Oklahoma State University as an engineer and computer software developer for many years.
Dave was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater and a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He was an active volunteer in the community; he loved delivering Mobile Meals and held positions with the Mobile Meals Executive Board and the Woodlake II Homeowners Association. He has always loved flying, soloing on his 16th birthday and was the youngest licensed pilot in the country, earning his private pilot license on his 17th birthday.
Dave is predeceased by his wife, Susanne Burgett Harnly.
He is survived by his loving, longtime companion, and best friend, Donna Wolters of Stillwater; four children, Cynthia Sue Harnly of Portland, Oregon; Mark David Harnly of Stillwater; William Matthew Harnly of Pittsburg, TX; Patricia Lyn (Harnly) Swyt of Panama City, Fl. and six grandchildren.
Donations can be made to Stillwater Mobile Meals and/or the First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater in lieu of flowers.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.
Published on May 23, 2017
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