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Harry Lee Buxton -- Austin

AUSTIN -- There will be a graveside service for Harry Lee Buxton at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Mr. Buxton, an Austin native, died Oct. 15, 2001, at the age of 77, in Alaska. The remains were cremated.

He was born in 1924 in Austin, where he grew up and graduated from Central High School in 1942. He attended Dunwoody Institute in the Twin Cities before enlisting in the Army in late 1942 or early 1943. A paratrooper, he served in Italy and was captured by the Germans during the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944. He was imprisoned in Stalags 7A and 7B, escaping twice but being recaptured both times. He was liberated by the British in 1945. After the war, he worked in the defense industry until going to work in Alaska for what became the Federal Aviation Administration. He remained with the FAA until his retirement in 1979. At the time of his retirement, he was supervisor of radio and radar installation and maintenance at air bases and airports throughout Alaska. He remained in Alaska until his death. He was active in veterans' and ex-POW organizations and enjoyed the outdoors and inventing and building things. In the 1960s, he patented a rotary engine design, but never developed a working prototype. He married Kathryn Miller, and they were later divorced.

Survivors include a son, Zane (Karol) Buxton of Denver; a granddaughter; five sisters, Lorraine Sash of Brownsdale, Connie Peterson of Anoka, Minn., Hester Rhodes of Austin, Betty Srock of Crosby, Minn., and Edie (Don) Allan of North Bend, Wash; and a brother, David Buxton of Austin.

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