Harry Waldron

Harry Waldron

Harry B. Waldron of Allegan, Michigan, went to join our Heavenly Father Monday, February 25, 2013.

He was preceded by the passing of his father Clayton; mother Ethel; sisters, Beatrice, Evelyn and Belva; and brother Clyde.

Harry was born August 5, 1923. He proudly served as a medic during WWII and participated in the Battle of The Bulge. He was a life member of VFW Post 3030 and a member of AMVETS. For 34 years he had been employed at Menasha Corp.

On August 21, 1949 in Allegan he married Helen Kellogg, his wife of 64 years, who survives. Also surviving are his sons, Dennis Sr. and Sally Waldron of Allegan and Greg and Denise Waldron of Fennville; grandsons Dennis Jr. and Matt; granddaughter Ginger; and great grandson Heath; sister Harriet Creech of Alamo; as well as many nieces and nephews, all whom he loved dearly. Harry and Helen loved and were strongly supported by their church family at Otsego Methodist Church, especially Pastor Joe, as well as many dear friends and neighbors.

Visitation will be at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral Services will be held at Otsego Methodist Church at 11:00 A.M. Friday, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Burial will follow at Blackman Cemetery, Allegan, with Military Honors by VFW Post #3030 and Michigan National Guard.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or Christian Neighbors.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Jeanne ( De Bruin) Mellen says:

    I am very sorry for your loss, I remember you and Harry coming to the VFW for the dinners. I was always glad to see you. I also remember when Clyde lived across the street from us in Plainwell and you came to see him.

    May God be with you in this time of your loss. He will be with you always.
    Jeanne (DeBruin) Mellen Lecanto, Florida

  2. Sara Phillips says:

    Den, Sally and all family-my thoughts and prayers are with you!

  3. Rob. Willerton says:

    Greg, Denise
    Condolences to you, may he rest in peace. Rob.

  4. Anne Carlyle says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family. Harry has joined his friends in Heaven and has found a perfect peace.

    Anne

  5. Jim Hoffman says:

    Waldron family, Harry was such a great person anytime. I so enjoyed talking with him on Sunday mornings at Church. As I passed the collection plate to him each Sunday he would grab my hand and squeeze it and give me the biggest smile. Rest in Peace my Dear Friend and know you were and are still loved!

  6. April Hiscock says:

    Denis and Sally and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers♥♥

  7. Jefffery Thompson says:

    One is never prepared for the loss of a loved one. Memories help us to endure. Uncle Harry gave me my first and only farm tractor ride when I was a little boy. My uncle Harry and aunt Helen always made me feel I was welcome to visit their home. I really enjoyed my short visits to the farm and who knows maybe again I’ll have that chance to have a tractor ride with my uncle Harry.

  8. Richard and Jeanne Burd says:

    Helen, So sorry to hear of the loss of your special loved one. Harry will be missed by many. We know he his now resting in peace.

  9. Frank & Maria Scarsella says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. I worked with Harry at Menasha in the power plant from 1976 until he retired. The workers who worked on the same tour would see their fellow employees more waking hours (although the use of the word “waking” could be disputed) than their own wives or children in any given year. Harry and I shared the same tour for most of that time.
    My own father was 3 years younger than Harry and when he died in 1977 and after that I looked to Harry when I felt I needed some fatherly advice. I never burdened him with that information. Some of the older guys at the mill would probably look at this revelation and say the “advice” probably wasn’t very good considering how I turned out, but I would dispute those opinions. Besides, most of the time I probably didn’t take the best advice I was given anyway.
    Harry and my father were both in WW II. My father was a submariner in the South Pacific and Harry was in the infrantry in France and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. I am not sure who had it worse but I do know who got dirtier, colder, and wasn’t able to sleep in a warm bed every night. The stories that Harry told to me over the years about fthe culture shock of a young farm boy from Allegan, stuck in the hold of a cargo ship for a couple of weeks barely converted for soldiers, and sent to war. The conditions he described were unspeakable with almost no ventalation and the remnants from a majority of the soldiers ending up seasick and unable to eat, sloshing around the hold from side to side for a couple of weeks and this was just getting to the war. The citizens today will never be able to comprend what these soldiers went through to protect this country during that war.
    The American soldiers were quartered in the homes of average English citizens. Something we forbid in this country by the constitution.
    He told me of the family he stayed with and how nice they treated him. He said the most embarrassing situation in his whole life occurred when they presented him with a newborn baby. their newest family member and he declared in a loud voice, “What a cute little bugger he is.” There was a stunned silence. (Harry did not know that “bugger” meant “bastard” in Great Britian.)
    But to me was a gentleman like you see in the back & white movies. He reminded me of Jimmy Stewart with his gentle nature but fierce resolve when forced to react. We all enjoyed the time he took his work boot to Dean King in the shower room after Dean pushed him for no reason. Dean later admitted he wouldn’t do that again.
    I feel so bad I did not know Harry had died. In the Allegan Flashes right on the same page as Harry’s obituary is Rob Quarry, Maria’s youngest brother who passed away February 27 of cancer. We had spent our time sitting vigil with him and his family in Borgess Hospital and hadn’t seen the newspaper
    . Like the rest of the people reading this I will miss Harry greatly but I thank God I got to share as much of his life as I did. He was a very dignified man. He was the type of man every mother wants her son to grow up to be.I am sure she was very proud of Harry.

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