Harry Edward Newbury was born in Perry on Oct. 21, 1923, and died June 8, 2013, at 89 years, 7 months and 19 days old.
Funeral services were held on Saturday June 22 at the Irene Barbara Lunde Memorial Chapel at the Rowley Memorial Masonic Home. Pastor Ken Bose, Trinity Lutheran Church, Perry, provided words of comfort and Alan Hall provided the music. Harry Newbury’s resting place is at the family plot at Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry. Memorials may be sent to Hastings Funeral Home in Perry in Harry’s name.
Harry was the son of Harry A. Newbury and Nellie Leonard Newbury. He was raised with seven sisters and brothers; Florence, Thomas, Janette, Iola, Jesse, Leonard and Margaret Newbury. His special memories were growing up in a depression era. Other memories were his teachers. His first school years were in a one-room school house where he attended first through eighth grade. He later graduated from the Perry High School in 1941. He served in the US Navy in World War II, designing radar systems in the South Pacific. After being discharged, Harry attended Iowa State University graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and was a member of the Phi Beta Cappa. He subsequently became an Electrical Engineer for Ford-Philco where he worked before going to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
At NASA he spent many years establishing and maintaining radar stations across the globe. Harry travelled throughout the world, to countries as varied as Australia, England, France, Germany, Peru and Guam. He worked at NASA and the SAC (Strategic Air Command) bases. NASA stationed him all over the world; England, Australia, Austria, South Africa, Peru, Ecuador and Germany were just a few of the countries where Harry worked. His main base station was the Goddard Space Flight Center where he worked on Apollo, Gemini and Viking space missions. The Vanderburg Airforce Base was also another location where he was stationed. Harry married on Dec. 1, 1951, and his children were Paige Newbury born on Sept. 9, 1952, and Dirck Phillip Newbury on Sept. 16, 1954.
Harry was a champion golfer and bowler, playing in many tournaments. He also enjoyed fishing and socializing with his many friends. Harry is survived by his sister, Peggy Nicholaisen of Perry; his daughter Paige Newbury of Scotts Valley, Calif.; his son Dirck Newbury of Oakland, Calif.; his nephew Tom Sloss of Perry; and several grandchildren.