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April 6, 2012

SGM Harold I. Routzong, 88, of Ft. Myers, FL passed away peacefully on April 6, 2012 in Greenville, NC surrounded by his family and those closest to him. Harold was born in Fernandina Beach Florida on May 6, 1923, the son of Fred and Alice Routzong and the brother to four siblings. He was fondly known as "Froggy" during his youth in Fernandina Beach and was often recognized by his tuneful whistling heard from afar. Harold was married twice and enjoyed his large family. He is survived by his eight children: Janet Bunker of Spring Hill, FL; Marialice Quinn of Lakeland, FL; Harold Routzong of Punta Gorda, FL; Robert L. Routzong of Lakeland, FL; James Routzong of Orlando, FL; Robert E. Routzong of LaGrange, GA; Rosalind Ulmaniac of Wellington, Colorado; and Aimee R. Marshall of Greenville, NC. He has 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren all of which he loved dearly. Harold left behind his beloved sisters Martha Ann Mills of Rock Hill, SC and Judi Quinn Routzong of St. Petersburg, FL. He was preceded in death by his brother Liston Routzong and his sister Dorothy Sanders. Harold enlisted in the US Coast Guard and served aboard the US LST 262 during the Normandy Invasion of WWII. After WWII, Harold enlisted in the Navy for a brief period before transferring into the US Army where he spent the remainder of his 28 year military career. While in the army he saw combat in WWII, Korea, and served at numerous bases worldwide. He retired in 1970 with the rank of SGM.

In the most recent years, Harold enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters Emily and Jaimee Marshall, frequenting the Share Club of North Ft. Myers where he was known as "Candy Man", a nickname he earned by always sharing candy during his visits. He enjoyed playing his harmonica, listening to music and frequent outings with his roommate, Alex Reichert. He had many lifetime friends which he prided himself in keeping in touch with each of them. Harold most treasured sharing memories with his high school sweetheart, Juanita Enwright, whom he described as a love of his life. Harold had many treasured friendships and will be deeply missed by all. He touched everyone he encountered with his passion for life and his kindness for all humanity.

In Honor of Harold's life contributions may be made to the Share Club of Lee Memorial Health System of Fort Myers, FL SHARE Club Lee Memorial Health System P.O. Box 2218 Fort Myers, Florida 33902, in his memory.

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Published in The News-Press on Apr. 11, 2012
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