2018-06-14 / Obituaries

Harold R. Largent

Pasadena, Texas, 87

Harold Richard Largent, known by most as “Harry” or “Dick”, 87, died Sunday, June 3, 2018, after a valiant fight with lung cancer. This terrible disease took many things from him, but never broke his spirit.

He was born August 22, 1930, in McConnellsburg, to Lewis F. Largent and Lottie (Fix) Largent.

He graduated from Mc- Connellsburg High School in 1948, and then enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he received his B.S. in math and physics from Shippensburg University in 1959.

He had a passion for the space program and spent his professional career as a NASA engineer at both Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. While at NASA, Harold was part of all missions, including Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle. At retirement, he was the manager of the JSC Avionics Evaluation Lab.

During retirement, he enjoyed genealogy research, gardening, reading and spending time with his family and friends. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend who always extended a helping hand to those in need.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Alice (Martz) Largent; two sons: Scott Largent and his wife, Renata, and Christopher Largent and his wife, Joy; two granddaughters: Alyssa Largent and Amanda Largent; his brother, Clair W. Largent and his wife, Lenora; Shirley Christian, wife of Kenneth F. Largent; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Lottie; and by his brothers: Lewis F. Largent Jr. and his wife, Dorothy; Kenneth; and his sister, Buelah Pattillo, and her husband, Bill.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, June 13, at Union Cemetery on Great Cove Road in McConnellsburg.

Arrangements are by the M.R. Brown Funeral Home, Hustontown.

Online condolences at funeralfinder.com.

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