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Harold Dean Newby, age 79, of Melbourne, Florida, was born June 12, 1934 in Cicero, Indiana to Bernie M. and Annetta Alice (Davis) Newby and died August 20, 2013 in Palm Bay, Florida.
He is survived by his devoted wife of sixty years, Carolyn (Chenoweth) Newby and four children, daughter Vicki (Stephen) Thorp of Los Angeles, California, sons Michael Newby, Brian Newby, and Dale (Kristine) Newby, of Melbourne, Florida; brother Donald (Carolyn) Newby of Tampa, Florida; granddaughters Misty (Dennis) Baber of Satellite Beach, Florida, Amber Newby of Portland, Oregon, Samantha (Nathan) Stephens of Stafford, Virginia, and Stephanie Newby of Tampa, Florida; great grandchildren Ella Timmons, Frank Timmons, and Ophelia Miracle of Portland, Oregon, and Zen Baber, Nirvana Baber, and Bliss Baber of Satellite Beach, Florida; special survivors are Mary Zuleger of Portland, Oregon and Megan (Edward) Riviezzo of Colorado Springs.
Harold was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, John Edward Newby and Robert Eugene Newby; sister-in-law, Olive 0. (Johnson) Newby; and his grandson, Michael Heath Timmons.
Harold attended Jackson Central High School, Arcadia, Indiana, enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps immediately after. He is an alumnus of University of Florida, graduating cum laude with a B.S. in electrical engineering. His employment was with Hughes Aircraft in Los Angeles, Pan American World Airways, Guided Missile Division, Western Electric with the Thor-Delta rockets, and General Dynamics with the Mercury Atlas Program as a member of the launch crew for John Glenn's orbital flight. From 1966 until his retirement, Harold was employed by the U.S. Government with work for DARPA, NSA, CIA, and NRO. The group he headed at the Malabar Test Site was under the Space Division in Los Angeles, then Albuquerque, NM.
Harold was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, always concerned for the welfare of his family. He was a 53-year member of First United Methodist Church of Melbourne and Pairs and Spares Sunday school class. He bowled for many years with the TGIF League, was a meticulous genealogist, and a huge Gator football fan. He left knowing his family, friends, and especially God loved him.
A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the social hall. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: First United Methodist Church, 110 East New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901 or William Childs Hospice House, 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay, FL 32907.
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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Aug. 27, 2013