August 31, 1920 – January 27, 2017
Lt. Cdr. Harvey Macy Waldron, Jr., of Bend, Oregon passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 27, 2017. He was 96.
A Funeral Service with Military Honors will take place Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens, located at 63875 N. Hwy 97 in Bend, Oregon. A reception will immediately follow at the Red Lion and Suites, located at 1415 NE 3rd Street in Bend.
Harvey was born August 31, 1920 in Queens, New York, the oldest of six children to Harvey M. and Frances (Edget) Waldron Sr. He along with his siblings grew up in Queens, where he graduated High School in 1938. On August 27, 1941, he married Genevieve Leona Lang in San Diego, California.
After graduating high school, Harvey enlisted in the US Navy and was assigned to aviation duty. In 1942, he was selected for the pilot training program, where he became one the most distinguished pilots in that era. A Pearl Harbor survivor, Harvey flew many missions during World War II and Korea. On August 7, 1945, the day after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, Harvey made aviation history as the first pilot to fly into the eye of a Pacific Typhoon, the first documented flight in history.
Harvey’s naval career spanned more than 22 years, flying more than 26 different models of aircraft, all over the world from North Africa to Vietnam to the Caribbean. Although no decorations or medals were awarded for his historic flight, he was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals for achievement in combat. Harvey retired from the US Navy in 1960 as a Lt. Cdr.
He earned a B.S. degree in forestry at the University of Idaho while on active duty and went on to earn his M.S. degree in Forestry Pathology from Washington State University. He subsequently embarked on an academic career as an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Central Oregon Community College.
Harvey shared his lifelong passion for flying, teaching his three sons to fly. He and his wife, Genevieve also bred and raised Andalusia Horses on their ranch in Tumalo. He was also a supporter of the National Air and Space Museum.
Harvey is survived by three sons, Harvey M. (wife Corrinn) Waldron, III of Bellevue, WA, Richard S. Waldron of Tumalo, OR and Gary L. (wife Cheryl) Waldron of Bend, OR; five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Other survivors include his sisters, Marilyn E. Ness of East Lyme, CT and Audrey Evans of Fairport, NY.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Genevive Waldron; both parents; three younger brothers; and a grandson, Harvey M. “Buddy” Waldron IV.
Memorial contributions in Harvey’s name can be made to the Erickson Aircraft Collection, 2408 NW Berg Dr, Madras, OR 97741 or the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Contribution Receipt Center, PO Box 9038, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
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