Richard Gene Harley, 87 of St. Cloud passed away December 12, 2018. He was born on November 29, 1931 to Howard John and Marguerite Snyder Harley in Schenectady, New York. Growing up he loved fishing, animals of any kinds, and music. He played several instruments including the clarinet and tenor sax. As a young man Richard formed his own band and played at various functions around town. He also played in the band while in college. His love of “big band music” carried him throughout his life.
Once he graduated from Cornell University, where he studied wildlife biology, he went on to fulfill his ROTC obligation. While in the Army he was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and then Fairbanks Alaska. During this time Richard called back to New York and asked for his future wife’s (Helen) hand in marriage. She accepted and joined him for the next 58 years of life.
They raised two daughters and lots of pups and kitties.
Once he finished with his military obligation Dick, Helen and their first daughter returned to Watertown, NY. He joined the family photo engraving business, Northern Photo Engraving which was started by his parents in 1939.
In 1962, Richard, Helen, and his parents moved the family to Central Florida and opened Harley Engraving. The business served the printing industry for over 50 years. Richard was always proud to be part of the business community in Kissimmee.
Richard's many interests and adventures included offshore fishing, square dancing, flying, camping, pottery and art shows, traveling, and golf.
Richard recently found love again after having lost his wife Helen in 2013. He and Sandi Pinkham married in February of this year. He just turned a young 87 years old. He was so happy again and enjoying his new life when he passed away unexpectedly.
Richard is survived by his wife Sandi Harley; daughters: Cheryl Harley Headley (William “Chip”) and Pamela Harley Armstrong (Martin); 5 grandchildren: Stephanie Butler (Jerrad), Erin Headley Warren (Kristopher), Chelsea Headley, Lauren Headley and William Headley (Anna); 7 great grandchildren: Blake Butler, Reese Butler, Tate Warren, Bennett Warren, Kipton Warren, Cooper Headley and Elizabeth Headley.
The Harley family is being cared for by CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 511 EMMET STREET, KISIMMEE, FLORIDA 34741. (407)847-3188