Hograbe, Harry Jay
Harry Jay Hograbe, 88, Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Cottage Grove Place. Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church with visitation one hour before the service. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today At Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with Masonic service at 5 p.m.
Harry was born on June 30, 1924, in Waverly, and lived in Plainfield until age 17, when he moved with his family to rural Dows. He graduated from Dows High School, attended Iowa State University and served his country in the U.S. Navy in World War II.
Harry married Gladys Birdeen Leymaster on June 1, 1948, at First EUB Church in Cedar Falls. They farmed in rural Dows until moving to Cedar Rapids in 1951 when he went to work for Collins Radio. Harry retired from Collins in 1986.
Harry had an abundant curiosity and was constantly tinkering to make things better. He went from building radios at home to working on radios that went into space and to the depths of the ocean. He will be remembered for his many volunteer activities to make the world a better place: Charter Member of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church; 55 Alive Instructor and Coordinator; Crescent Masonic Lodge AF & AM; Commandery; “Happy Harry” in the Jolly Jokers clown unit of El Kahir Shrine; Hospital Dads; Old Threshers Reunion, Mount Pleasant; safety committees; and disability rights.
Harry is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gladys; daughters, Linda Osburn (Paul Hardenberg) of Garrison Minn. and the Rev. Ruth Hograbe (the Rev. Duane Lookingbill) of Annandale Minn.; two grandchildren; brother, Robert (Shirley) Hograbe of Sheffield; brother-in-law, Ralph Leymaster (Mary Rousselow) of Waterloo; honorary grandchildren; and friends of all generations.
Memorials may be directed to Lovely Lane UMC.
Online condolences at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.
Published in The Gazette Feb. 12, 2013.