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Harry Edward Dunholter passed away Wednesday,
October 30, 2013, at the age of 99. Harry was born on January 24, 1914, to Frank and Marion Dunholter in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a University of Cincinnati graduate, with a major in chemistry. On May 9, 1942, he married the love of his life, Ruth Schier. They recently celebrated their 71st anniversary together with family. In 1942, Harry enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force (AAF), where he graduated as 2nd Lieutenant in Meteorology in 1943. In 1944, he graduated from AAF Security and Intelligence School. During WWII, he was on active duty in the South Pacific Islands. He stayed on active duty with the AAF 9th Troop Carrier Command until his discharge as Captain in June 1946.
Harry's professional career began at Container Corporation of America in Cincinnati, where he was the Chief Chemist and Technical
Superintendent until 1956. He and his family then moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked at Eastern Box Company as Technical Director until 1960. Harry then accepted a job at Owens-Illinois in Toledo, Ohio where he remained until retirement in 1982. During his career at OI, Harry held more than a dozen patents on adhesives and functional coatings for paperboard. He also was the originator and editor of the internationally accepted Fabrication Manual for
the corrugated industry,
published by TAPPI.
included, TAPPI, American Management Association, Hope Lutheran Church, University of Cincinnati Alumni, Toledo Area Military Officers Association of America, the OInized Club, and The American Legion Toledo Post 335.
Harry enjoyed golf, bowling, and he played tennis until he was 85. He and his wife, Ruth, enjoyed traveling and often spent winter months in Florida. At Christmas, they loved to have Santa arrive on their roof or backyard to surprise the grandchildren and distribute presents. Friends and family were always entertained by Harry's wonderful sense of humor. He never missed a chance to tell his war stories to all.
Many thanks are owed to his special caregivers of the Griswold Agency, who took care of him in recent years. They are Theda, Beth, Tina, Gwen and Sue.
Harry is survived by his wife, Ruth, and their sons, Dana (Rose) Dunholter, Jack (Karen) Dunholter, and Rick (Donna) Dunholter; his grandchildren, Karen Dunholter, Steve Dunholter, Jeff Dunholter, and Adrian (Michele) Dunholter; also great-grandchildren, Andria and Gina.
Visitation will be held at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main Street, Sylvania, Sunday, November 3, 2013, 4-8 p.m. Funeral services and
entombment will be private.
The family suggests tributes in the form of contributions to Wounded Warrior Project. P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Cherry Street Mission, 105 17th Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604-6785.
Online condolences may be offered to Harry's family at
Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 1, 2013
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