Henry Clouse

2013-12-08T00:00:00Z Henry ClouseClassifieds Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Henry Clouse

Henry Marvin Clouse "Hank" was born in Reading, PA. to Mason I. and Anna (Richards) Clouse on April 13, 1922. He was the youngest child of six children. He passed away peacefully on October 15, 2013 at age 91. He was a Tucson resident for 48 years. After high school Henry became an apprentice pattern maker for Reading Hardware. In 1943, he talked the doctor into passing him on the physical, despite having no vision in one eye due to amblyopia, and proudly enlisted in the army to serve in WWII. He qualified for the highly selective Army Specialized Training Program and took accelerated engineering courses at Brooklyn College. Later as a PFC in an anti-tank platoon in Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 291st Regiment, 75th Infantry Division; he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Returning home in 1946, Henry enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh using the GI Bill and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. In Pittsburgh on a blind date he met the love of his life and future wife of 60 years, Millie Walter, and proposed to her two weeks later. He worked for Yale & Towne lock makers in Levittown, PA., Allis-Chalmers (Tractor Division) in Milwaukee, Martin Marietta in Denver, North American Aviation in Tulsa, and for the US Civil Service (Electronic Proving Ground and STRATCOM) at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. Much of his engineering career focused on budgeting and efficiency. Henry enjoyed playing tennis in his younger years. His interests included American history, particularly the Civil War. Vacation car trips centered on taking the family to national parks and historic sites. In retirement he spent many hours researching Richards/Clouse/Walter family genealogy. He loved reunions and made the most of his airline frequent flyer miles by traveling to grade school, high school, 75th Army Division, and family reunions. He tracked down and encouraged others to attend. In May 1997 Henry returned to his hometown of Reading, PA. to dedicate a bronze plaque in Charles Evans Cemetery, commemorating all the boys from his neighborhood that died in World War II. Henry will be remembered for his love of family, his energy, his wit, and his storytelling. His remarkable memory for details of events that had occurred decades earlier embellished his reminiscences. He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred. Survivors include his daughter, Jamie Alice Clouse and her husband, Steven Ron Walker; his son, Lawrence Henry Clouse and his wife, Janet Underwood Clouse and their daughter, Arielle Marie Clouse. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ. Interment will follow at Southern AZ Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Sierra Vista, AZ., at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Casa de la Luz Hospice Foundation, 7740 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ. 85704, www.casafoundation.org.

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