Age 60, died peacefully at home on Saturday, May 18, 2013 after a hard-fought battle with liver disease. He was well-known for his huge heart, strong work ethic, infectious laugh and unlimited generosity which had a positive impact on everyone in his life. Harry was born in Roseburg, to Don and Vivian Nuzum, grew up in Tenmile and just missed graduating from Douglas High in 1971 for lack of a few credits. Thirty years later, he earned his GED, and then an AAS degree at UCC where he proved to be, literally, an outstanding student, receiving the 2000-2001 Outstanding Automotive Student of the Year Award. He was also proud to represent UCC at the Skills USA VICA National Conference in Kansas City that year. Harry was an Automotive Instructor/Aide at UCC for 12 years; he took his work very seriously and enjoyed it. He often said, “I love to see that light come on, when a student suddenly ‘gets’ what they’ve been struggling to learn.” He was a particularly effective mentor for those students who, like him, had faced challenges in life. In his free time “Spike” enjoyed building hi-performance engines, riding motorcycles and spending quality time with family, friends and fellow Road Brothers. He’s survived by his parents; Tina, his wife of 25 years; his children: Jacob; Donald; and McKinna; grandchildren: Elizabeth; Samual; and Connor (who all brought him special joy in his last years); sister, Devonna (husband Steve) Saunders; brothers: Donny (wife Debbie); and Jimmy; Mother- and Father-in-law, Virginia and Earl Adams; plus many aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; in-laws and countless special friends. He will be deeply missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 8, 2013 beginning at noon at Whistler’s Bend Park. After a short service, those who wish may join Spike and Tina for his final ride to the Road Brothers’ Clubhouse on Pruner Road in Riddle. For information call (541) 733-5337 or (541)643-9157. Instead of flowers, please consider a donation to the scholarship being created in Harry’s name through UCC’s Foundation, (541) 440-7847.