Harley was born in Watova, OK. to Herman and Mary Buller on June 24, 1923. On February 11, 2019, the gates of Heaven opened up and welcomed Harley into the arms of Jesus. He is a Veteran of the Greatest Generation and a Dust Bowl migrant.
In 1935, his parents, five children and two dogs moved from west Texas in an old Chevy sedan via Route 66 to Reedley, Ca. Harley attended Reedley schools until he was drafted in the Army Air Corp in 1943. He married Starling Avants in August 1945, just before he was discharged in November of the same year. In Reedley, they raised their family and he started his career as a building contractor. He built many homes and commercial buildings in the Fresno County area. Reedley City Hall and Jail was one of his highlights. He took great pride in his work. He committed himself to every project, big or small with perfection.
In 2001, he married Helen Cerna. Their total love for each other brought them many years of joy and happiness.
Harley was a member of Reedley Kiwanis Club for 50 years, serving two terms as president.
He will be remembered for his love of family, his love of country, Christian faith and compassion.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Franklin, Vernon and sister Donabel Schmidt.
He is survived by his wife Helen of 18 years, brother Merlyn and wife June, sister Roselyn and husband Gerald Avants, brother Don, brother Ron and wife Judeene, son Loren and wife Kathy, daughter Carolyn and husband John Janzen, son Kenneth and wife Melissa, step-children Xochitl Cerna and Netz Cerna, 11 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Cairns Funeral Home on Sunday, February 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Reedley on Monday, February 25 at 9:30 a.m. followed by Interment Service at Reedley Cemetery at 11 a.m.