February 10, 1936—February 8, 2018
On February 8, 2018 Robert Harmer (Sailor) passed away after a long illness. Sailor passed away at home with Deborah, his wife of 54 years at his side. Sailor was born on February 10, 1936 and was 2 days shy of his 82nd birthday.
Sailor was born in Brooklyn, New York to his biological parents, William Hanson and Elizabeth Braussau. Elizabeth passed away shortly after Sailor’s birth in November of 1936. William was a Merchant Marine and decided he was unable to care for Sailor. In 1938 Sailor was adopted by Frank and Jessie Harmer, who lived in Elko County, Nevada and lovingly brought Sailor into their home and raised him as their own. Sailor attended school in Lamoille, Elko and Reno and obtained his GED.
Sailor joined the United States Air Force in 1953 and served his county until 1957 upon receiving an Honorable Discharge. Sailor spent time in Salt Lake City, UT; San Antonio, TX; MacDill Air Force Base in Florida; along with his service in Africa, Mississippi and Morocco. Sailor received a national Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal during his military service.
After leaving the military, Sailor held numerous jobs until gaining a full time trucking job with Pacific International Express (P.I.E.) in 1964. Sailor drove trucks for P.I.E. until 1990 when they filed for bankruptcy and closed their doors.
Sailor married Deborah Hoffman on March 2, 1963 and together they had three children; Ladawna, Robert Jr., (Deidra) and Albert. Sailor had seven grandchildren; Leanna, Mathew, Robert III, Albert, Tashina, Jessie and Dylan, as well as, five great-grandchildren; Jamie Lynn, Joey, Brooklyn, Ember and Ansley.
Sailor was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Frank and Jessie Harmer; brothers; Francis and John Harmer and his twin granddaughters. Sailor had requested that half of his ashes be buried with Eugenio Baroni in Elko, NV and the other half of his ashes in the Harmer family plot in Lamoille, NV.
Throughout his life Sailor loved to help people with different projects, whether it was working on car, farm equipment, building things or making sure they had whatever they needed to complete their projects he had an open garage door policy for all of his neighbors and friends to work on their projects and was always willing to lend a helping hand or just supervising the work going on. He also like to fish and hunt when time permitted.
Sailor’s family and friends would like to thank those people and organizations that helped with his care in the last few years of his life. These include Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital in-patient care givers; ER doctors and staff; The Veterans Administration, the Horizon Hospice Care; New Horizon Hospice Care; New Horizon Health Care; The Guiding Light Hospice and Burns Funeral Home where Sailor was worried they wouldn’t know where he could be found.
Sailor did not want a memorial service, but requested a Celebration of Life to be held after his passing. The family will plan the celebration for Sailor at a later date and time. The family would request that instead of sending flowers, donations be made to any hospice organization in honor of Sailor and the hospice care he received the last few years of his life.