Harry Lee Camm

1924 ~ 2018

Obit Harry CammHarry Lee Camm 94, passed away on May 5, 2018. Harry was born on January 15, 1924 in Valentine, Nebraska. He was the second of three children born to Harry Barnum and Augusta ‘Gussie’ Camm. Harry and his siblings grew up on a family farm north of Valentine. 

   After his 1941 graduation from high school, Harry entered the U.S. Army and served stateside  for the duration of World War II as an aircraft mechanic in the Army Air Corps. By February of 1948  Harry had returned to civilian life and employment with Northwest Airlines where he met his future wife, Betty Jean Mattison. The couple were married on June 3, 1950 and settled in West Saint Paul, MN.

 Harry ascended the maintenance ladder to Crew Chief, Master Mechanic, and Foreman before moving laterally to become a Flight Engineer. He served as FE on the Stratocruiser, DC-6, DC-7,  and Lockheed Electra before transitioning to Second Officer on the Boeing 707 series. NWA provided Harry an opportunity to upgrade to the cockpit front seats and he accepted the offer; he checked out as copilot on the Boeing 720/320. On January 14, 1984 Harry retired as a Boeing 747 First Officer.

 During these years Harry and Betty Jean had three children – Susan, Dave, and Sandy. Harry was Grandfather to six and Great-Grandpa to four.

 In retirement Harry enjoyed traveling with his RV trailer exploring the mountain west states and attended the RNPA gathering in Billings with his pal Wally Weber. In addition, in retirement he enjoyed fishing, camping, and caring for his family, his yard, the critters who lived there and the bluebirds. He was known for a quiet demeanor and gentlemanly behavior.

 His family recalls that Harry taught them all about love, carrying, kindness, helpfulness and generosity not by what he said, but by what he did throughout his life.

 Proceeded in death by his grandson Nicholas Wolff and brother Chester. Survived by wife Betty; children Susan Wolff,  Dave Camm, and Sandy Gifford, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and sisters Doris Chochran and Marry Kerr.

(-Bill Day