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Harold Autrey

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 1:47 p.m. CST

CLARE, Mich. — Harold Lyle Autrey, 87, recently of Clare, Mich., formerly of Princeton, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at the MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland.

Harold, known to his friends as Hal, was born in Jonesboro, Ark., on Sept. 13, 1926. He was married to Margaret (Mundhenke) Autrey in 1951. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1950 and from the University of Chicago with an Master of Business Administration in 1956. A three-war veteran, Hal began his service as a Navy signalman in the Pacific theater in World War II. He later became an Air Force officer, retiring from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves until 1980.

In his civilian career, Hal was a hospital administrator. He retired from his position as the chief executive of the Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton in 1987. Hal and his wife, Margaret, spent much of their “retirement” on service projects overseas, serving developing countries through the International Executive Service Corps in Thailand, Brazil, Jordan, Bangladesh, Belize, Nepal and Russia. Always a gentleman, Hal’s integrity, honesty and kindness earned the trust of those with whom he worked, even in countries where Americans are sometimes viewed with suspicion. Hal was an avid tennis player and fan, and continued to play even in his late 80s. Though highly skilled and fit, he was always less concerned with winning, and more concerned with seeing that everyone was playing well and having fun. In 2013 he competed in a senior doubles tournament with his daughter, Kelly, and was still hitting with her just two weeks before his death.

Hal and Margaret moved to Clare, Mich., in 2013, where they lived next door to their daughter, Kelly, and her family. Hal was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, W. S. Autrey. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and sister, Doris, also of Clare, Mich., by his children Kim, Kent and Kelly, and by seven grandchildren.

Ashes will be interred in the Lakeview Cemetery in Ludington, Mich., and private services will be held at that time.

Arrangements for cremation were handled by the Clare Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home. Online guestbook at www.stephenson-wyman.com.

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