Harry D. Eiferd was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on 02 April 1949. In 1952, when Harry was 3, his parents, Harry Dyer Eiferd and Rose Ruby Zugac/Shugats moved their family from Pennsylvania to Fontana, California. Friends, football, swim team and his high school sweetheart, Linda L. Patton, consumed Harry's days at Fontana High, where he received his high school diploma in 1967. Although he said goodbye to his football and swim team days as he forged the path to his future, he and Linda remained steadfast and married on 07 September 1969. Together, they created three beautiful humans, Alicia, Heather and Ryan.
To ensure he would be a good provider for his family, Harry enlisted into the Air Force in 1968 and was discharged in 1972. He honorably served as a jet engine mechanic during the Vietnam War era. His last duty station was at Mather AFB in Rancho Cordova, California. In 1973, he was hired on as a civilian at McClellan AFB, where he worked as a pneudraulic system mechanic and moved up in ranks to WS-10 shop supervisor. During his days at McClellan AFB, Harry met Candy Bemis, a pneudraulic system mechanic. They shared a mutual attraction and began dating in 1991. This relationship flourished and they married on 17 April 1999. This union made Harry a step-dad to three children, Tia, Jeff and Cori. At the closure of McClellan AFB in 1999, Harry and Candy were transferred to Hill AFB in Utah, where Harry accepted another promotion to WS-14 section supervisor. As he celebrated his 55th birthday on April 2, 2004, he stepped into retirement. In June 2004, Harry and Candy returned to Foresthill, California, where he lived out the remainder of his days.
Harry was an amazing husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was kind, generous, and loving. Not only was he passionate about his family, but he was passionate about art. To say he was an amazing artist is an understatement. You could catch his artwork all over the surrounding area, plastered on the sides of jet skies, motorcycles and automobiles. When it came to art, there were no boundaries; he didn't follow the rules, he made his own and he did it well. He was gifted in watercolors, oils, air brushing, carving, scrimshaw, modeling and more.
Harry is survived by his wife Candy L. Eiferd, his children, Alicia Wright, Heather Eiferd, and Ryan Eiferd, his step-children Tia Clarke, Cori Bernard and Jeff LeMaster, his children-in-laws Natalie Eiferd, Marissa LeMaster and Brandon Clarke, eighteen grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and his sister Rosemarie Batey. His family was large and blended; he truly loved and accepted each and every one of his children and grandchildren, biological or not, with all that he had.
Friends and family came together to celebrate Harry's life and honor him with stories, shared memories, photographs, laughter and hugs on 26 June 2021 at the Memorial Hall in Foresthill, CA. Harry was given full Military Honors. His ashes will be scattered in a few of his favorite places.
Rest in Peace Harry Eiferd. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. Although you are no longer by our sides, you will forever be in our hearts. You are loved and missed dearly.