James Robert Harlock

March 23, 1956March 16, 2014

James (Jim) Robert Harlock, age 57, of Oxnard, CA, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014, from complications related to cancer. Jim was born in Oxnard, CA on March 23, 1956 to Robert and Patti Harlock. His siblings included elder brother, Steven George and sister, Susan Anne. Jim was a third generation Californian and the second generation to be born in Ventura County.

Jim lived in Ventura County for the first twenty years of his life. He attended grade school in Ojai, CA. His family then moved to Ventura, CA and he attended Anacapa Middle School and graduated from Ventura High School in 1974. Jim then attended Ventura Junior College for 18 months after high school.

Jim enlisted in the US Coast Guard in August 1976. He became a member of the Honor Guard at USCG Tracen at Alameda, CA. He served at the Loran Station of Yap Island and also served on Guam. Jim trained at the Journalism school at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN in 1978 and became an Information Specialist. His final tour of duty was in Honolulu, HI at the Fourteenth District USCG for the Public Relations office, until his honorable discharge in June 1982.

Jim moved to the Midwest in the late 1980s. He worked for over a period of thirty years in the transportation industry in Iowa and Missouri and became part owner of an intermodal company in Fort Dodge, IA. Jim retired in 2011 and moved back to Ventura County.

Jim was a member of Lion Clubs International of Maui, HI. He was an avid photographer, both amateur and professional, and could always be found with a camera in his backpack. Jim was on the high school water polo team and enjoyed watching the sport whenever he could. He could be found bidding at auctions for additions to his unique antique collection while he lived in the Midwest. His largest collections had vintage cameras and memorabilia from both world wars of the previous century.

He is survived by his father, Robert George Harlock; sister, Susan Anderson, her husband, Mark, of Clarinda, IA; nieces, Michelle (Harlock) Ballard and husband Steve, of Henderson, NV; Vanya (Applebee) Walker and husband Timothy, of Orlando, FL; Elizabeth Anderson of Clarinda, IA; nephew, Liam Walker, of Orlando, FL; multi-decade sweetheart, Kathy Jackson Padden, of Port Hueneme, CA; and canine friends, Penny Lane and Perla. James was preceded in death by grandparents, George and Alma (Armstrong) Harlock, Daniel and Irene (Chapin) O’Grady; mother, Irene Patricia (O’Grady) Evans; brother, Steven George Harlock; and nephew, Daniel Chapin Anderson.

Private interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.

“Semper Paratus”

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.


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Sue Hammen

April 22, 2014

I am so surprised to hear of Jim's death. I've been waiting to hear from Jim and just had a feeling. My thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones. Know that I loved him as well and will greatly miss him. I think back of our times together with very fond memories. Love you Jim!

Kathy Padden

April 2, 2014

Our Friendship Quilt-- The loving gift of chance and choice: Stitch a story, stitch a walk, stitch a movie, stitch a special meal. Laughing when we may have cried. Jim, these memories keep me warm still. -- Rest Now.

Tony Jackowell

March 28, 2014

I enjoyed Jim's easy going nature and compassion while I worked with him at Smithway Motor Xpress in Fort Dodge. I was very sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences.

Audrey Jackson

March 24, 2014

Sue: You wrote a beautiful tribute to Jim. So glad you are with Kathy during this grieving process.Hopefully this time together will be filled with good memories. Condolences to you and all your family. much love, Audrey

Lori Thede

March 23, 2014

Susan you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry to learn of James's passing. I was shocked to read about the Patti and Steve as well. I am so sorry to hear about your losses. My family and ours was close when we worked together at the RR. My Husband and I at the time had a business pulling trailers for the RR. We met and you were around at the round house several times though the time working with your family. When we were no longer moving trailers we lost close contact. I would see one of the family out and about. Then we would have to catch up on what was happening. Patti and the boys were awesome people. In the loving memory of your mom hang in there KID. You and your family are in my thoughts.