On February 13, 2009, a good shipmate and friend went home to God to reside in the kingdom of our Lord.
In September of 2008 he was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. It was a very aggressive type and soon spread rapidly to his brain. He underwent treatment in Anna Arbor, Michigan at the VA Hospital.
Harry was born in Tulare, California. He married and had two children, a boy and girl, later divorced. He moved to Toledo, Ohio to be closer to his sister and her husband Mr. and Mrs. Havestein and was living there at the time of his passing. He and his girl friend were planning to move to a new home in Frenchburg, Kentucky, very near Cave Run Lake.
He had made cruises on the USS Ranger 1962, USS Lexington 1962 and the USS Ticonderoga 1963. He was discharged from the Navy just before the VF 92 West Pac deployment in 1964.
Harry was a real crazy kind of guy, he could always make you laugh with his antics. One time he bleached his hair the whitest blond I had every seen. You could spot him for several blocks away. Harry was always full of fun and pranks and seemed to enjoy life to the fullest.
"You will show me the path of life, in your presents is fullness of joy, at your right hand there are pleasures for ever more. Psalm 16:11"
We were lucky to have had Harry at the 2007 Reunion in Corpus Christi, Texas. It was good to see him after 40 some years. He had really been planning and looking forward to attending this years VF-92 Silverkings Reunion 2009 in Branson, Missouri. Harry said he would be there with us in sprit if he couldn’t make it and that everyone should...
... Have One On Him. We will and God Speed, my friend!
From his friend James Mann: "We are going to miss Harry. He was a good guy, he had a big heart and I can't remember Harry ever having anything bad to say about anyone. Everyone he met was his friend". (This says it all James)