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A. Henry Studebaker Memorial Service December 11

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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.

Henry married 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.”

Arrangements are 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.


Posted 12/8/2014