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Henry Yekel

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Henry Yekel Obituary
Henry Yekel of Longmont passed away Monday, December 17, 2012, with his family at his side He was 87. Henry was born in Rocky Ford, Colorado, March 4, 1925 to Alexander and Christine (Grasmick) Yekel. He graduated from high school in 1943, the first in his family to do so. Immediately afterward, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and was assigned to officer training school. In the midst of this training and with the war winding down, the government decided to transfer all cadets as "officers would not be needed." He chose gunnery school in order "to get into the action." He was assigned to the 97th Bomb Group, 340th Squadron of the 15th Air Corp and served in the European Theater based out of Foggia, Italy. He flew 30 missions as a waist gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress including a Christmas day mission over Brux, Czechoslovakia when the Germans shot red and green flak at the bombers. He had many great stories and enjoyed sharing them with anyone who showed an interest. In recent years, he has often been asked to speak as a representative of the "Greatest Generation." He returned home in late 1945 and married Mary Davis on November 5, 1945 in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have been married for 67 years. Henry is survived by his wife, Mary; three children: Jim Yekel, Longmont; Christine (Howard) Getman, Longmont; and Richard Yekel, Loveland; 8 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. Henry was a devoted to his family and embraced an extended family that includes many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His brother, George, and sister, Florence, preceded him. Henry spent 27 years in government work with both the post office and the former Bureau of Standards', now NIST's, purchasing office, retiring as a contracting officer. He was very proud of having managed the procurement of the first hurricane hunter airplane on behalf of NOAA and the National Weather Service. He was active and liked to keep busy, often commenting after retirement that he didn't know how he'd ever had time to work. He also enjoyed traveling in the RV; he had a fantastic memory for dates, places visited, and fun facts learned on their travels. He also enjoyed woodworking, gardening and solving problems of all kinds - number, word, or real life. Husband, father, mentor and friend....we will miss him. Memorial service will be 2 PM Saturday December 22, 2012 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Contributions to Salvation Army and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel 326 Terry St. Longmont, CO 80501. Cremation Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory, share condolences at

Published in Longmont Times-Call on Dec. 20, 2012
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