Harry Weest Furst Sr., 89, Frey Village, Middletown, departed this life on Tuesday. He stands once again beside his beloved wife, Catherine, together at peace in the glow of God's light.
He was born in Albany, Ga., and grew up in Altoona.
Surviving are two sons: Harry W. II (Sandra) of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Thomas A. (Susanne) of Middletown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell C. and Helen E. (Weest) Furst; a daughter, Deborah L.; a brother, Russell; and his wife, Catherine L. (DeWitt).
Harry was a 1942 graduate of Altoona High School. He then moved to Middletown to work at Olmstead Air Force Base as a machinist. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served aboard the battleship USS West Virginia during WWII. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946 and married Catherine L. DeWitt on Aug. 26, 1946.
Harry was recalled to service by the Navy in 1950 to serve aboard the heavy cruiser USS Saint Paul during the Korean War. Honorably discharged in 1952 in San Francisco, Calif., he then began a cross-country trip with his wife and young son, Harry II, back to Middletown. He began work at Met Ed Crawford Station as a machinist. Upon startup at Three Mile Island, he began working in the health physics lab and retired in 1986 as a machinist after 34 years.
His interests included 20th century music, Native American culture and WWII history. His true passion was anything and everything antique cars, especially Packards. Their motto read, "Ask the man who owns one," and that was Harry. Even though a Packard man, his most prized automobile was his 1929 Graham Paige 827 Victoria Coupe. He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Hershey Region Car Club, Packard Club and Hudson Essex Terraplane Club.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Harry's life celebration memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Coble-Reber Funeral Home, 208 N. Union St., Middletown, the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in Middletown Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018. Please write Oklahoma Disaster on the memo line of your check.
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