Harry Humphrey

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Harry Joseph Humphrey passed away early Saturday evening, June 10, 2006, at the Lutheran Home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1916, son of Oliver and Cora David Humphrey of Bonne Terre, Mo., who died in 1923 and 1929, respectively.

He resided then with his brother-in-law and sister, Arvie and Ethel Long of Crystal City, Mo. He married Florence Williams, also of Crystal City, July 27, 1938, who survives him today after 67 years of marriage. Mr. Humphrey was 89.

Other survivors include two sons, Gerald "Jerry" Humphrey and wife Betty of Davenport, Iowa, Richard "Rick" Humphrey who resides on Barkley Lake, Ky.; and a half brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Margie Humphrey of DeSoto, Mo. There are also five grandchildren, Jeff Humphrey of Oak Ridge, N.C., Stephen Humphrey of Fort Carson, Colo., Tammie Humphrey of Davenport, and Tyler "T.J." Humphrey and Brian Humphrey, recent graduates of Jackson High School who now reside in Chesterfield, Mo. Mr. Humphrey is additionally survived by four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Humphrey moved to Cape Girardeau in January 1956. He became a member of First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau in 1956. Mr. Humphrey was agency manager for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. from 1954 until his retirement in 1975. He was a scout master of First Baptist Church's Troop 10, and was a 32nd Degree Mason at St. Mark's Masonic Lodge Number 93 of Cape Girardeau. He was also a member of Capaha Scottish Rite and St. Louis Scottish Rite.

Upon retirement he became active as a volunteer at Saint Francis Medical Center, and for 10 years at Missouri Veterans Home where he received Missouri Veterans Volunteer of the Year Award. He also was an active member of National Exchange Club of Cape Girardeau, where he was presented the Herman C. Todt Memorial Award.

Mr. Humphrey enjoyed fishing, quail hunting and going to his cabin at Horseshoe Bend Hunting and Fishing Club, where he served as president. He also nurtured and maintained a robust rose garden of over 70 specimens at his home in the City of Roses. Furthermore, he enjoyed woodworking and travel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Isoline Humphrey; one brother; one half-brother; and five sisters.

Friends and relatives may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Masonic service will be conducted at 7.

Funeral service will be officiated by Mike Shupert. Time will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Graveside service will follow at Cape County Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made in the name of Harry J. Humphrey to First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau, Missouri Veterans Home, or the charity of your choice.