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John died March 14, 2006, in Traverse City, Michigan. He was a member of the Mennonite Church and was drafted into Civilian Public Service from Eureka, Illinois, in 1942. His occupation at that time was listed as "Painter." During the 1945 season, he served with the CPS-103 jumpers at Cave Junction. Later he worked for the Mennonite Board of Missions and Bethel Publishing as a graphic artist. John retired from Bethel Publishing as a department supervisor of graphic artists. He was active with Mission Manistee, Manistee Audubon Society and the Lake Bluff Audubon Society.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Harnish Jr., John L. (Cave Junction 1945)" (2006). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1083.