RIP Harry, My Friend

These are the sort of posts that no blogger wants to write. Frequent commenter and blogger Harry (also known as ExAFCrewDog) passed away recently. I’ve been emailing him for months, giving him tips on blogging for his new blog. I’m no expert, but there are certain things I’ve learned that seem to attract readers and I sent them Harry’s way. He called me a “maniac” for setting him up on a link or two and I always smiled at his comments.

RIP Harry E. Leem

Pax at Marion’s Meepings found the below obituary and I am thankful of her efforts. Harry Leem was a great guy and my blog-friend. He also was a family man and a veteran:

Harry was born on January 25, 1938 to Harry and Ouida Hamberlin Leem in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Messick High School in Memphis, and was in Navy ROTC program. In 1956, at the age of 18, he joined the Air Force, and thereafter served in the Tennessee Air National Guard.

He married Shirley Houtz of Marysville, Kansas on June 7, 1958 in Topeka.  The couple celebrated 54 years of marriage together.

Harry was employed by the Revlon Corporation prior to opening his own business, Printing Etc., in Seneca. He served as Executive Director of the Seneca Chamber of Commerce for six years.

He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed playing golf at Spring Creek Golf Course in Seneca.  The pursuit of knowledge was Harry’s primary goal in life.

Harry and Shirley Leem’s family

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Shirley of the home; his children, Kent Leem of Houston, Texas, Kelly and husband Jerry Siler of Sugar Land, Texas and Kristine and husband Richard Sarsons of Alberta, Canada; a brother George Leem of Memphis, Tennessee; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service for Harry will be 2 PM Wednesday, October 31, at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.  Full military honors will be provided by the Seneca Memorial Post #7458 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Earl W. Taylor Post #21.

Memorials may be given in Harry’s memory for the Seneca American Legion.

God bless you Harry. Travel well, my friend. . .

USS Jane Fonda?

USS Jane Fonda?

At one time, before the Vietnam mess, Jane Fonda supposedly supported the troops. She did not call us baby killers, nor did she spit on us or fly to North Vietnam for all of that.

Hence, the Navy is in talks to name a ship after her:

Both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars issued a joint statement today condemning the U.S. Navy over the launch of its newest warship, the USS Jane Fonda.

“Without getting into Jane Fonda’s activities during the Vietnam War, we feel that it is highly inappropriate to name a warship after an actress with no ties to the military,” said James Mitchell, a spokesman for both groups.

James Mitchell is spokesman for the Legion and VFW? Good job Jim!