Harold Edward Headlee
Air Force vet, West Point grad was NOAA retiree
Harold Edward Headlee, 82, passed away in the morning hours Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in his home in Marion, Va.
He was born January 5, 1930, in Garards Fort.
Mr. Headlee graduated from Mapletown High School in 1947, where he lettered in four sports.
He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., 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 October 2, 1954.
Mr. Headlee received a master’s degree in meteorology from 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 with weather satellites.
After he retired from NOAA, he and his wife moved to her hometown of Marion, where he was actively involved in Veterans of Foreign Wars 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 and his parents, Earle and Grace Headlee of Waynesburg.
He is survived by a sister-in-law, Wilma Williams; sons Chris (Kim) and Kevin (Helene); and a daughter, Kelly; six grandchildren, Matthew (Kira), Jonathan, Nathan, Jessica, Christopher McCarthy and Nichole McCarthy-Moore (Matthew); a great-granddaughter, Asha; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 10, in Francis Marion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4667, Marion, followed by a reception for family and friends. Private burial will be held in Anderson Hill Cemetery, Troutdale, Va., and at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. In lieu of flowers, please make a 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 and Crematory is serving the Headlee family.