Harry Neal Bland (’87)

Harry was born on Dec 6, 1941 in Los Fresnos, TX to Emogene and James O’Neal Bland. He joined the US Navy where he served on the USS Kitty Hawk from 1961-1965. He received his Business degree from the University of Houston and worked for Houston Lighting and Power for 35years. On August 17, 1968, he married his soulmate, Dorothy Carol Bland. Together they raised their two daughters, Jeannie and Jennifer. Harry spent a life taking care of his family and adoring his wife. He is known to his family and friends as an incredibly hard worker, full of energy. Harry could envision, build, create and fix anything. He built his family a home and lake house, fixed cars, remodeled houses, tiled countless floors and was the go-to expert for all things electrical. With his youthful energy, Harry happily served by sharing his knowledge and time to help others with projects; volunteering with UM Army repairing homes for the underprivileged and building barns and arenas for the local FFA. No project was too big, he was always there happy to lend a helping hand. Harry had a passion for travel and enjoyed annual family ski trips, hiking, camping, diving, and cruising. When not vacationing, you would always find him planning his next adventure. Harry filled the void in so many of our lives and hearts. He was everyone’s friend, father, papa, teacher, advisor and handyman. Always positive, always patient, Harry showed us how to live and how to love. Harry was preceded in death by his grandson Jake and his twin brother Larry. He is survived by his wife Carol, his two daughters Jeannie (Kevin) and Jennifer (Rob), his brothers Bill and Richard, and his grandchildren Cole, Dorothy and Ashley. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 12:15pm. Flowers may be sent to Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home 13102 North Fwy, Houston , TX 77060.

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