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Harold J. Barbret


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Harold J. Barbret Obituary
Harold J. Barbret, MAJ., USAF, (ret), 94, of Homosassa, FL, passed away on Sat., April 8, 2017 at Hospice House, Lecanto, FL. A native of Detroit, MI, he was born June 9, 1922 to Harold and Helen (Sartorius) Barbret, one of three children. Harold served America honorably and proudly as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, retiring at the rank of Major after more than 20 years of service to his country. He entered service in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and his first duty station was Miami Beach, FL. He then attended flying schools in West Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama. After further training in Maryland, he was assigned to the 468th Fighter Squad in Hawaii. After WWII was over, Maj. Barbret was assigned to various Communications and Electronics assignments in Okinawa, Japan and the United States. It was during 1951, while assigned to Korea, that he flew 75 combat missions in an unarmed C-47. Among his decorations and for these perilous missions, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He continued his service with duty stations in Orlando, FL; Taiwan, Minnesota and Michigan. Upon retirement, Harold worked for IDS in Detroit as a life insurance agent and then later owned and operated his own investment firm. He moved here 20 years ago from Caseville, Michigan and with his high aptitude for electrical engineering, Harold was exceptional in fixing things and loved to work with his hands. He also loved building model airplanes and especially enjoyed his 4:00 P.M. martini.
Harold was a parishioner of St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church, Homosassa and was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Zelma Barbret, on Jan. 15, 2006.
He is survived by his son, Michael Barbret (wife Melanie), Hochspeyer, Germany; grandson Charles Barbret, Heidelberg, Germany and sister Shirley Shaw, Roseville, Michigan. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister and a brother-in-law, Lorraine Lapensee and her husband Leo, and brother-in-law Harold Shaw.
Friends will be received on Sat., April 15, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Mon., April 17, 2017 from St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church, Homosassa, with Fr. Ronald Marecki, Celebrant. Interment with military honors rendered by the United States Air Force will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at 12:30 PM. www.wilderfuneral.com
Published in Citrus County Chronicle from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2017
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