ARROYO GRANDE, CA: Harry and Helen began their life together March 17, 1951. Spending 58 wonderful years together, they were temporarily separated upon Harry's passing March 2009, but reunited upon Helen's passing June 2011.
Harry Wallace Aungst was born in Mansfield, OHIO (Richland County) in February 1918.
He was the oldest of three children, brothers John whom passed May 2010 and Charles whom preceded both in death.
Harry was inducted into the Army in June 1941. After being injured, he was Honorably Discharged in September 1945. During his service he was awarded several medals of honor including several bronze stars and a purple heart.
Harry went on to receive his Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University, ultimately landing him in a career with the aerospace industry.
Helen Marie Smith was born in Stanford, West Virginia in January 1928, a coal miner's daughter. She was the youngest of three children, a brother Andy and sister Virginia, both of whom have preceded her in death.
As a young woman, Helen pursued several interesting careers such as a dance instructor and even dabbled in the world of photography.
Shortly after Harry and Helen married, Harry's career at RCA brought them to California where they raised their family of three children, Rick (Wendy), Janet and John (Aleta).
While raising their children, Helen obtained her real estate license, going on to become a successfully multi award winning realtor. Harry retired from Allied Signal, Bendix Division in 1985.
Earlier this year, their eldest son Rick lost his life, leaving behind his beloved wife Wendy and their beautiful twin daughters, Alyssa and Debbie, Harry and Helen's grandchildren.
Harry and Helen led full and happy lives and much beloved. Both felt fortunate to have met and known many folks along the way. They will be greatly missed. Your friends and family love you very much!!
A memorial service will be held in their honor at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Inspiration Garden, 23287 Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA 91321, Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Veteran's Administration and/or Alzheimer's Association in honor of Harry or Helen.
Published in the News Journal on July 21, 2011