Harley Canaday

June 3, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 2:19 p.m. June 3, 2010

Harley Canaday, of Sammamish, died at his home May 24, 2010. He was 61.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. June 5 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way. A reception will follow at Harley and Donela’s home, 19915 S.E. 25th Place, Sammamish.


Harley was born Aug. 2, 1948, in Prosser, the son of Harold and Mary Canaday. He was raised in Seattle and attended Queen Anne junior and senior high schools.

He lived in many cities and traveled until he met and married Donela Nystrom on June 14, 1986, and made a wonderful life and home with her for 24 years in Issaquah.

Harley loved working on old cars and restoring his hot rods from scratch. He also built his own painting shop; he painted cars beautifully and this was one of his passions. Harley loved going to car shows with his wife and remodeling his home from top to bottom. His family and friends were so important to him and he loved helping them in any way possible.

His family will always remember Harley as a loving and caring husband, brother, dad, grandpa and friend! He was very proud and very passionate about everything he did. Harley was extremely talented and could do anything he set his mind to, proving it many times!

He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Mary Canaday.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years Donela Canaday, of Issaquah; his son Christopher (Melinda) Canaday, of Sprague; daughters Cindy (Brannon) Hopke, of Alger, Wash., Tessy Canaday, of Tri Cities, Wash., Trina (William) Fogleman, of Sprague, and Jackie Knox, of Wyoming; three sisters, Linda MacPherson, Hazel (Joe) Thornebrue, and Colleen (Mike) Bingham.

He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 11 nieces and nephews; three great-nieces and nephews; and sister and brother-in-laws Elajean Richardson, Maribeth and Les Egbert, David and Dana Nystrom, Marty and Jeanne Nystrom, Lynne and Bruce Gallaher, Julie Anderson, Sarah and Jeff Jones, Karl and Lisa Hartquist and their children.

In remembrance of Harley, donations will be accepted with a heartfelt thank you to US Bank in his name — Harley LeRoy Canaday.

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