A. Henry Studebaker
of Dune Acres, Indiana, died Friday, December 5, at his family home. He was
87. Henry was born September 3, 1927 at the Dune Acres home, the son of
Alden Koch Studebaker and Naomi Chellberg Studebaker, both of whom preceded
him in death. On June 15, 1956 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Whiting,
he married Cynthia Ann Elster who preceded him in death in 2005.
He is survived by
his wife, Marian Frazzini, of Valparaiso, a brother, Arthur L. Studebaker of
Indianapolis, and by son, Alden (Donna) Studebaker of Bright, Indiana; two
daughters, Rebecca (James) Downing of Aptos, California and Amy (Scott)
Dennison of Saint Joseph, Michigan, seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Nathan
and Daniel Studebaker, Aidan Downing and Michael (Madison), Susan and Brent
Dennison, and great-grandson William Dennison.
Son, Jonathan P.
Studebaker and daughter, Bonnie Peckat also preceded him in death.
Henry graduated in
1945 from Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana and joined the US
Navy. After serving in both World War II and the Korean War, he earned a
Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering Degree, from Purdue University in
1954. He then began his career in engineering at Standard Oil in Chicago
while he earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from the
University of Chicago in 1958. In 1967 he and his family relocated to
Honolulu, Hawaii where he worked as Vice President of Operations at the
Bishop Museum. As a Mechanical Engineer for the U. S. Department of the
Navy, he worked from January 1980 until June 2008 based in the San Francisco
Bay, Port Hueneme, California and the Great Lakes Naval Station in northern
Illinois. He was awarded the Navel Engineer of The Year Award in 2002. His
work took him around the globe as the service-wide Boiler and Power Plant
Consultant/Expert for the United States Navy and Marine Corps in all aspects
of land-based boiler power plants.
Marian Frazzini on April 30, 2011, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in
Valparaiso. They joined their families together, enjoying many gatherings,
performances and lots of grandchildren. Before and during retirement, Henry
was a huge fan of all things mechanical including cars, trains and ships. He
enjoyed fishing on the lakes of northern Wisconsin and working on the family
cars including a few Studebakers. A lover of road trips, he always stopped
to visit family and friends whenever he was “in the hemisphere.”
entrusted to Bartholomew Funeral Home, Bartholomew Funeral Home and the
memorial service will be held there on December 11, with visitation at 4
p.m. and service at 5 p.m., at 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso.