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Harold O. Kulju

Harold O. Kulju, 80, Alhambra High School, Class of '42. WWII Paratrooper 101st. Shell Chem., Mtz. Dairyman in Turlock. CPA. Died April 15, 2004.

Published in the Contra Costa Times on 4/25/2004.

Harold Oliver Kulju Canyon
January 20, 1924 - April 15, 2004

Harold Oliver Kulju Canyon of Livingston died Thursday, April 15 at his son's home in Merced. He was a native of Reedley and lived in Roseburg, OR for many years.  He served in the Army as a paratrooper. He landed in Normandy 5 hours before the beach landing and fought in the "Battle of the Bulge".

He was active in Veterans of Foreign Wars in Oregon and was a life member. He belonged to Military Order of Cooties, D.A. V., the Elk Lodge and N.R.A.  He is member of America Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and both Oregon and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was a retired California State Auditor. He was an airplane pilot and enjoyed camping.

Mr. Canyon is survived by his children: Patricia Faye Lee of Genoa, ILL, John Harold Canyon of Livingston, CA, Michael Robert Canyon of Gilroy, CA, Daniel Wayne Canyon of Merced, CA, Janice Rose Schimidt of Livingston, CA and Stephanie Canyon of Lynchburg, VA, and eight grandchildren.

He also is survived by brothers Edwin Damm of Sunnyvale, CA, Sherman Damm of Modesto CA, and Marvin Damm of Orange Cove, CA and sisters Shirley Damm of Concord, CA and Carole McAtee of Concord, CA.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 10 am at Wilson Family Funeral Chapel in Atwater. Burial at 2 pm Reedly Cemetery District.

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Family Funeral Chapel, 1240 Winton Way, Atwater, CA 95301.

(The Merced Sun-Star, Merced, CA, 30 Apr 2004, Page B2 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

NOTE: Zig Boroughs reported in his book "The Devils Tale" that Harold changed his name at some time to Harold O, Canyon.  Harold states in his autobiography that he  made that change about 11 or 12 years after getting out of the army.

The Social Security Death Benefits index records his death under the surname of CANYON. Why the above obituary was written for his original name is unknown.


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