Harry Hall Weese, 94, passed away Friday afternoon, May 30, 2014, in Davis Medical Center in Elkins.
He was born March 9, 1920, in Elkins, son of the late Arley Harry and Lillie Emma Wiley Weese.
On June 1, 1946, in Elkins, he was married to Juanita Cutright, who preceded him in death.
They had two sons surviving, Harry Wesley Weese of Elkins and Allan Lee Weese of Chesterfield, Va. One brother, LeRoy Weese of Elkins; two granddaughters, Karen Merkle and husband, Jamie, and Diana Grubb and husband, Stan; and four great-grandchildren, Anna, Kara, Juliet and Mathew Grubb, also
Preceding him in death were six brothers, Elmer, Arthur, Herbert, James, Ronald and Arley Weese Jr.; three sisters, Kathleen Ernest, Bertha L. Weese and Edith J. Myers; and a great-grandson, Daniel Grubb.
He attended the schools of Randolph County and in 1938, he joined the West Virginia National Guard, Company G, 201st Field Artillery. At the beginning of 1941, the company was called into service and eventually stationed in Sitka, Alaska, as part of the Aleutian Defense Force. In 1943, he transferred to the 458th Amphibian Truck Company of the 5th Engineer Special Brigade and began training for the war in Europe. His unit was assigned to the 29th Division for the invasion of Normandy, France, and his vehicle participated in the first wave of the assault on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944, D-Day. He went on to participate in several other campaigns of the war including Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe, before being discharged in August 1945. After the war, he attended the National Radio School in Baltimore, Md., and then went on to work for the West Virginia State Police as a radio operator. In 1956, he went to work for United Air Lines as a radio and electrics mechanic in Washington, D.C. After retiring from UAL, he worked for Upper Occoquan Service Authority, Centerville, Va., until relocation back to Elkins in 1995. Since the early 1950s he was a licensed amateur radio operator and people around the world would answer this regular broadcast of CQ K4MUE.
Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Basil A. Hensley officiating. Interment will follow in the Brick Church Cemetery near Huttonsville. Full military honors will be accorded at the gravesite by members of the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard Program, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is charge of the arrangements for Harry Hall Weese. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.