Harry E. Albaugh Sr.
Harry E. Albaugh Sr., 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at Oakridge Center in Charleston.
Born July 3, 1917, at Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Herbert and Pearl (Church) Albaugh.
Mr. Albaugh grew up in Littleton in Wetzel County and graduated from Littleton High School as class valedictorian in 1936. He then moved to Charleston and met his future wife, Vivian Sands. There he was employed by the National Biscuit Co. as sales representative.
He was drafted into the United States Army and was under the command of Lt. Gen. Mark Clark, where as a private, he headed up a mortar unit in the 88th Division. He fought from battlefields all over Italy, where he earned the distinguished Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals and Three Battle Stars. He personally witnessed the bodies of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress hanging upside down, in Italy one day, after they were executed by Italian partisans.
At the end of World War II, he returned to work for National Biscuit Company and was relocated to Point Pleasant in 1952 until his retirement in 1978.
Mr. and Mrs. Albaugh have lived in Beckley at Pikeview Apartments since 1997. Mr. Albaugh was a 14-degree member of the Charleston branch of the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wilma Villars and Ethel Burch of Monongahela, Pa.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Vivian; and his son, Harry Jr. and wife Sharon of Shady Spring; his granddaughter, Diana, and husband Peter Hornbeck Jr., of Masontown; grandsons, Todd and wife Jennifer Albaugh of Camp Creek, and Brent and wife Benetta Albaugh of Augusta, Ga. Mr. Albaugh has two great-grandchildren, Shanleigh Hornbeck and Ryan Albaugh. He also has several nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at the Crow-Hussell Funeral Home in Point Pleasant with Robert L. Patterson II officiating. Burial will follow at Kirkland Memorial Gardens near Point Pleasant.