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In Memory of

Newlin R. Happersett

January 25, 1924 - March 18, 2014

Obituary


Newlin "Eric" Happersett, Lt. Col., US Army, Ret. passed away March 18, 2014 in Phoenix Arizona. Eric was born in 1923 Colorado and grew up on a ranch in Wyoming. At age 17 Eric enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. As result of his bravery and dedication to duty, he rose through the ranks and, after 26 years, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Eric's military career spanned three wars. As a gunner during World War II, his plane was shot down and he was captured and held as a POW in Nazi...

Newlin "Eric" Happersett, Lt. Col., US Army, Ret. passed away March 18, 2014 in Phoenix Arizona. Eric was born in 1923 Colorado and grew up on a ranch in Wyoming. At age 17 Eric enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. As result of his bravery and dedication to duty, he rose through the ranks and, after 26 years, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Eric's military career spanned three wars. As a gunner during World War II, his plane was shot down and he was captured and held as a POW in Nazi Germany for two years. Upon his release, he returned to duty and went on to serve in Korea where he was wounded in action. During the Vietnam War, Eric was a member of the storied 82nd Airborne Division. As a Green Beret in Special Forces he repeatedly fought behind enemy lines, served three tours of duty and was again wounded in action.
In 1970 Eric retired from military service and moved to Arizona where he worked as a Lieutenant in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department and later became the City of Peoria Chief of Police.
A lifelong horse lover, Eric fulfilled his dream of having a horse ranch as owner of Bluegrass Arabians in Cave Creek. He and his wife Joyce made many friends in the Scottsdale horse community and were very active breeding, training and showing Arabians and Quarter Horses. He was also a devoted dog and all-around animal lover. As a genuine war hero and committed animal advocate, there are countless human beings and other living things who owe their lives to Eric.
Eric Happersett is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Joyce, brother-in-law and friend Ted Klainer, Sr; nieces Mary and Stephanie Klainer, and nephew, Ted S. Klainer.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, March 27th, 5 to 8pm at Shadow Mountain Mortuary, 2350 E Greenway Rd, Phoenix.
Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 28th, 9am at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd, Carefree, followed by internment at 11 am at the National Memorial Cemetery on Pinnacle Peak Road.
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