Harold Edward HEADLEE

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HEADLEE, Harold Edward age 82, passed way in the morning hours of 1 Jan. 2013 at his home in Marion, VA. He was born 5 Jan. 1930 in Garards Fort, PA. He graduated from Mapletown High School in 1947, where he lettered in four sports. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951 and joined the Air Force.He flew as a bombardier on A-26s in Korea.After the war, he met and married Maxine "Jerilynn" Williams on 2 Oct. 1954.He received a Masters degree in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and flew as a navigator throughout the rest of his Air Force career, including an assignment as a Hurricane Hunter flying out of Bermuda.He served in Vietnam and worked with the first satellite meteorological data. His last assignment was as Chief Weather Officer in support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with weather satellites. After he retired from NOAA, he and his wife moved to her hometown of Marion, VA, where he was actively involved in the VFW Post 4667, Kiwanis Club, and a breakfast group that met at McDonalds.He was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years & his parents, Earle & Grace Headlee of Waynesburg, PA. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Wilma Williams; his sons, Chris (Kim) and Kevin (Helene); and his daughter, Kelly; six grandchildren, Matthew (Kira), Jonathan, Nathan, Jessica, Christopher McCarthy and Nichole McCarthy-Moore (Matthew); and one great-granddaughter, Asha; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews. A memorial service will be held Thursday, 10 Jan. 2013 at the Francis Marion VFW Post #4667 at 6 pm, followed by a reception for family & friends.Private burials will be held at Anderson Hill Cemetery, Troutdale, VA, and at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Ms. Diane Warren P.O. Box 63, Troutdale, VA 24378, for the Anderson Hill Cemetery fund.Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the Headlee Family.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 9, 2013