Harry Alfred Machen Jr.

August 3, 2013 • Obituaries


Machen-HarryMemorial services are scheduled for Harry Alfred Machen Jr., of Roswell, NM, at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 16, 2013, at Peachtree Village, 1301 W. Country Club Road. Harry passed away on August 1, 2013, at age 95.

Harry was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on January 28, 1918, to Harry Alfred Machen Sr. and Charlotte Lucille Machen. He married Harriet (Pat) Shirley Spencer in 1942. Preceding him in death were [auth] his sister Charlotte Machen, his parents, his first wife, Pat, and his brother, Newman Machen.

In 2001, Harry married Maxine Morrison, who survives him at the family home. He is also survived by four children: Donald Machen and his wife, Carole, of Metamora, IL, Christine Wilkes and her husband, Larry, of Edna, KS, Russell Machen and his wife, Ann, of Cortez, CO, and Jane Machen, of Argyle, NY; two step-children: Lanice White and her husband, Gary, of Roswell, NM, and Teri Caddell and her husband, Joe, of San Antonio, TX; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Harry served as staff sergeant in the Marine Corps as a radar technician from June 1943 until March 1946, spending part of his service time in the South Pacific. Harry worked for the Raytheon Corporation in Rhode Island in the capacity of an electronics engineer until his retirement. He and his wife, Pat, moved to Roswell shortly thereafter. A member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Roswell until his death, Harry also served as a deacon in various churches in Rhode Island. Harry was a HAM radio operator from the time he was a teenager, and was a member of the Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club in Roswell. When a HAM passes from this Earth, other HAMs refer to them as having a silent key.

You may extend your condolences to the Machen family online at Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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