Harry August Labhart
(1924 - 2011)

Harry August Labhart

Indiana, United States of America
March 10, 1924

Maryland, United States of America
June 27, 2011

This site is dedicated to Harry August Labhart, 87,who passed away at his home in Aberdeen, Maryland on June 28, 2011. Born in Tell City, Indiana he was the 7th of 12 children from the late Henry and Leona (Thompson) Labhart. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Billie (Dry) Labhart, sons Harry (Gordo, AL), Richard (Sam) (Port Deposit, MD), and Ronald (Philadelphia, PA), daughter Kelly Haines (Bel Air,MD); step-daughters Kathy Graybeal (Havre de Grace) and Mary Anne Barker (Baltimore); brothers Bill and his wife Ruth (Crestview, FL) and Jim and wife Lela (Crestwood, KY) and sister Joan Berg and husband Ken (Valley Station, KY) as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by brothers Henry and Harold and sisters Henrietta (“Toots”) Silverthorn, Pearl Marie Labhart, Hazel Gayer, Ruth Horsley, Edith Walters, and Betty Killian.

A U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Harry joined the Marines while still in high school and immediately upon his graduation he was sent to California for basic training. He served in the Pacific and on Guadalcanal during WWII from 1941 to 1946. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with Bronze Star, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars, the American Defense Ribbon, a Good Conduct Ribbon, the WWII Victory Ribbon and both the Rifle and Pistol Sharpshooter Badges. After his honorable discharge, he worked for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and surveyed land across the continental United States and Alaska. He completed survey work on the radar network in Alaska called Project “DEW.“ He left there to begin work at Aberdeen Proving Ground where he spent the remainder of his 40-year career, retiring in 1979 as Chief of the Geodetic Section, where he also did underwater recovery work of Army projectiles.

Harry was an avid SCUBA diver who co-founded the Tri-Count Diving and Rescue Club. He began teaching SCUBA in 1960 and started the SCUBA course at Harford Community College. He taught hundreds of people SCUBA over a 30-year period. In addition, he personally did volunteer rescue and recovery diving for the local police and sheriff’s offices for 20 years before they got their own dive teams. He was also an enthusiastic hunter of deer, turkeys and waterfowl, locally and in Pennsylvania and Alabama, using either a bow or a gun and he was a lifetime member of the Port Deposit VFW. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time, and sharing hunting stories, with his many friends and family. His philosophy was “don’t fence me in!”

A memorial service will be held at Zellman Funeral Home, 123 S. Washington Street, Havre de Grace, on July 14th with visitation at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. When that service is concluded it will be continued at the VFW in Port Deposit, MD where the Maryland Honor Guard will perform honors followed by a celebration of Harry’s life and a luncheon at the VFW. On July 30 a service and celebration are also being held in Tell City, Indiana at 10 a.m. at the site of his childhood home on Payne Street, followed by a celebration at the home of his nephew, Chris Gayer, Tell CIty.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to either “Wounded Warrior Project” 4899 Belfort Rd, Ste 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or The VFW Post 8185, Port Deposit, MD

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I just found Harry's memorial site - 5 years too late. Looking at the pictures brought back good memories. He was my dive instructor (x2) at Harford Community College in the 1970's and I have never forgotten him. Until I read his obit, I never knew all those things about him. He was a fun guy, great instructor - and obviously modest about what he achieved over his lifetime. Better late than never - I thank Harry for getting me started in a life of scuba. Not forgotten even though 40 years have passed and I now live far away.
Patti Davis/Abbott (Prior dive student)
September 10th, 2016
Thinking of you this Memorial Day, Harry.
May 27th, 2013
Happy Veterans Day, Harry. Missing you...
Jane Gilbert
November 11th, 2011
Sorry for your loss. You couldn't help but to like the man. He was the first and only uncle to offer me a beer and in front of my Dad (Bill Labhart). It's been over 30 years since I last saw him and I still think about him.

Skip Whitlow (Nephew)
November 2nd, 2011
It was comforting to see so many friends and family at Harry’s memorial service in Havre de Grace to honor him, pray for him, pay tribute to his memories, grieve for him, and celebrate his life.

We all know that Harry lived a long rich life filled with adventure, love for the outdoors, teaching his passion, and loving his family and friends along the way. He will always have a special place in all of our lives in many different ways.

May we all find comfort knowing that he is in God’s hands now – and hoping that we keep our thoughts and memories of him alive and use what he has taught all of us in one form or another --- live life to the fullest each and every day!

Love you Harry! May you rest in peace.
Kathy Graybeal (Stepdaughter)
July 17th, 2011
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" We said goodbye to my dearest grandpa Harry Labhart. We will miss him so very much. We were blessed to have him in our lives. He came to Alabama every year from January to April since we were young kids, he watched us grow up. He was there for my g"
Carmen Bejarano
July 31st, 2011
"Such a hard loss. So many thoughts and prayers for you, Billie, and all the family. He was truly special and I will never forget how his eyes always smiled. My Dad considered him "a brother".They are probably telling lies to each other right now."
Linda Herndon-Barbor
July 16th, 2011
"Billie and Family we are sorry for your loss. Howard and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers."
Doris Ann Donovan
July 16th, 2011
"Condolences, of course. I want to say that I will miss his countless stories that he shared whenever I saw him and how I could sit and listen to them for a long time. I will keep those stories with me, and forever be thankful for them. Truly a loss"
Greg Kowalewski
July 9th, 2011
"My sincere condolences to Billie and the family. Faith will carry them through this most difficult time. Harry leaves behind a bountiful legacy of fond memories in the hearts of his family, countless friends, and students."
Roger Michaelson
July 7th, 2011

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