BEZOLD, HENRY E, JR., of Miami, Florida, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the age of 95. Henry was born in Campbell County, Kentucky. For over 50 years, Henry was a devout and active member of Epiphany Catholic Church in Miami. During World War II, Henry was a Captain in bomb disposal in the U.S. Army, serving in the Pacific (Hawaiian Islands) and in Europe where his unit followed the front lines through France and Germany defusing unexploded bombs and other ordnance. Henry was awarded a Bronze Star during his service.He moved to Miami and became involved in real estate sales in 1946. As a real estate broker, he specialized in the sale and purchase of land for development and agricultural uses in Miami-Dade County. Colleagues have referred to him as the "Dean" of South Dade land transactions. He was committed to a healthy life style and for most of his adult life enjoyed swimming each morning in the lagoon at Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables. After retiring, he and his wife Katherine moved to the Eastridge Community in Cutler Bay. Henry is survived by his wife of 70 years, Katherine Huebschman Bezold, by his five sons, Henry E. (Doc), III, (Annemarie), Clement (Rosemarie), Thomas J., Richard M. (Noreen), and George M. (Patricia); by his eleven grandchildren, Bryan (Kris), Elizabeth Coppage (Michael), Katherine Bourdon (Jon), Carla, Mark, Amanda Sellers (Matthew), Allison Diaz (Matthew), Madeleine, Emily, Katie, and Stephen; by his eight great grandchildren, Lydia Mae, Dean Henry, Benjamin, Thomas, Abbie, Teddy, Cora Anne and Ella Leigh; and by his sister Rose Sparks; all of whom he loved very much.Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Mass at the Epiphany Catholic Church, 8235 SW 57th Avenue, Miami, Fl., with burial immediately following at Miami Memorial Park Cemetery. Please call Stanfill Funeral Homes for the date and time of the services. The family will be forever thankful for all the wonderful care he received from so many people at the Health Center at East Ridge Retirement Center and Catholic Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society through Epiphany Catholic Church, 305-667-4911.
Published in Miami Herald on May 12, 2013