‘Dick’ Harold Richard Luse: Former Southern Humboldt Teacher Passed Away
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Harold Richard Luse (Dick) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at his home in Redway CA, surround by his loving wife, Ann and daughters, Susan and Karen.
Dick was born July 2,1932, in Colorado, to Harold Russel Luse and Wanda Erwin Luse. He was a graduate of Barstow high school in 1951. After graduating high school, Dick joined the air force where he served for 4 years. Returning from the air force, Dick married Ann Hart in 1957. Soon after, their first daughter, Susan, was born; in 1960 they had a second daughter, Karen.
Dick and Ann resided in Barstow, CA, with Dick working for Southwest Gas Co and Ann teaching 3rd grade, until 1969 when Dick decided he wanted to pursue his teaching credential. After being accepted at Sonoma State College, they moved to Forestville, Ca;, while Dick was attending college Ann taught at Oak Grove school in Sebastopol. After Dick received his teaching credential in 1973, He applied for a job in the Southern Humboldt Unified School District. Dick taught at Whitethorn School until he moved to Redway School where Ann was teaching; he taught there until he retired in 1994.
After retirement Dick and Ann enjoyed traveling in their motorhome exploring State Parks throughout the US.
In 2013 Dick was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. After many years of fighting cancer with many surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Dick still remained positive while enjoying his growing family.
Dick is survived by his wife Ann, daughters Susan Eldridge (Rodney) and Karen Ralsten (Roger); granddaughters Alisha Hart (Seth), Alaina Cox (Greg), Samantha Eldridge, Julia Ralsten, Adrienne Ralsten; great grandchildren, Isabella Hart, Peyton Hart, Elle Jovani, Aya Jovani, Odin Cox, Ellis Cox, Nash Ruhland; one sister, Glenda Carney of Foster City, one brother Robert Luse of Barstow and many nieces and nephews.
A small memorial will be held in the future.