On Wednesday, August 21, in the year of our Lord 2013, the Lord called home to heaven the soul of Harry Frederick Dauffenbach, at the age of 97 years, seven months and 16 days.
He was born in Reeseville, Wisconsin on January 5, 1916, the third child and only son of Emil and Emma (Firari) Dauffenbach. He was born from above by holy Baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Confirmed in the Reformed church, Harry was catechized and became a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church when he married Florence.
Harry lost his father when he was ten years old. He worked at his grandfather’s furniture store in Reeseville for several years as a youngster. Harry graduated from Watertown High School in 1934. Florence Kuckkahn graduated the next year and soon became a part of Harry’s life.
Harry and Florence were joined in holy wedlock on October 19, 1940 at Trinity Lutheran Church (WELS), Watertown, Wisconsin. When war broke out between the United States and Japan the following year, Harry was not immediately called up to serve.
In 1943 at the age of 27 Harry joined the United States Marine Corps and served until 1946. He fought in the Pacific theater spending time on Guam. Upon his return to the States, Harry attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering from 1946-1947. He worked for IBM until retiring in 1975, at which time Florence also retired from her nursing career.
They traveled and camped for many years, relocating to Asheville in 1985 and to Tryon Estates in 1998. Harry and Florence have been members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) since 1999.
Harry is survived by Florence Dauffenbach, his wife of 72 years. He also is survived by three nieces, one nephew and several great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2013 in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Tryon, NC with Pastor Tom Olson officiating.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church 3353 US 176N, Tryon, NC 28782 or the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, The Cooper Center 18251 Quantice Gateway Dr., Triangle, VA 22172-1776. An on-line guest register may be signed at www.mcfarlandfuenralchapel.com McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon