Harry S. Syer
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Harry S. Syer of Elizabeth passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 1, 2013 at the age of 98. Harry was born in 1914 and raised in Denver; second son of George and Laura Syer. He attended East High School in Denver, and later graduated from Denver University in 1936, where he majored in physics and mathematics. Harry and his older brother George enlisted together in 1943 in the US Army Air Corps. During WWII, Harry was commissioned as a Lieutenant, serving as the chief loadmaster for several major Allied airfields in the South Pacific; including Biak, New Guinea; Morotai, Indonesia; and in the Philippines. During the War, he also served occasionally as special courier for sensitive war plans conveyed between MacArthur's Headquarters in New Guinea, and the "Flying Tigers" air forces serving under Gen. Chennault in China. This journey took Harry from New Guinea to Australia, west to Sri Lanka, north across India, and then over the Himalayas to the Flying Tiger Headquarters in westernmost China, and then back again. After the War, Harry and his brother ran a successful auto racing company, racing against some of the greatest names in the business at events across the Midwest (and up Pikes Peak). In addition to many innovative designs for his own race cars, he also worked as a machinist and metallurgist at machine shops in Denver. Coming from a family of musicians, Harry was a very talented concert violinist. For many years he performed in the Denver Symphony as first chair violinist, as well as other concert groups in and around Denver. During WWII, Harry built his own violin from indigenous materials in New Guinea, and performed to widespread acclaim for the troops where he was stationed. After the war, Harry and his brother ran a family cattle operation in west Denver along Yale Avenue, but in 1979 they moved to a small acreage just south of Elizabeth. Harry was a life member of the VFW, and devoted many years to veteran's issues in and around Elizabeth. Harry is warmly remembered by his many, many friends, and will be buried with full military honors at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Friday May 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from May 8 to June 7, 2013