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 Harry Kitchen Shoudt

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Harry Kitchen Shoudt

  • Birth 22 Dec 1913 Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 16 Jun 1996 Pittstown, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Milford, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA
  • Memorial ID 21125696

Harry was the third of eight children of Frank Norman Shoudt and Anna Mariah 'Rita' Burroughs. He was named after a family friend, and he inherited his deep set 'Hampton eyes' from his mother. He grew up in Upper Black Eddy and Trenton, Mercer Co., New Jersey.

He had to leave school after the 8th grade in order to work, but he made sure that his younger brothers finished high school. Despite curtailing his formal education, he always had beautiful penmanship.

Harry married Marie Reid on July 4, 1936 in Phillipsburg, Warren Co., New Jersey. It was a good, supportive marriage that lasted for 54 years.

He resided in Milford, Hunterdon Co. all of his married life.

He was employed for 44 years by the Riegel Paper Corporation in Milford. Working shift work upset his circadian rhythm. He went to bed in the early hours of the morning and woke up around noon for most of his post-retirement life.

Harry was reserved in personality, but he had a dry wit and a beautiful singing voice. He wrote the music and lyrics to a number of songs. His most well known was "Moon Above," published in 1948 by Blew Music Publications. His favorite singer was Russ Colombo.

He played baseball and the fiddle in his younger years. He loved drinking beer and playing quoits, beanbags or pool at 4th of July picnics and New Year's celebrations with his brothers and sisters and their families.

He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, doing handyman jobs around the house, going to the beach in the summer, and watching 'The Rockford Files' far into the night.

He sported a debonair moustache for most of his adult life.

Harry was the father of three children, and he was proud that all had earned a college degree. His daughter Robin is deceased. He was also the beloved grandfather of five granddaughters and a deceased grandson Bobby, and the great-grandfather of six.

He made it his business to buy wonderfully sentimental greeting cards for his family on every occasion, and they were left in no doubt how much they meant to him.

Harry started slowing down about 2½ years before he died. He lived with his older daughter in Milford during this period, only moving to Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown shortly before he slipped away, ironically on Father's Day. His quiet steadiness is much missed.


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  • Created by: Mary Jo C. Martin
  • Added: 23 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21125696
  • Mary Jo C. Martin
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Kitchen Shoudt (22 Dec 1913–16 Jun 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21125696, citing Milford Union Cemetery, Milford, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Mary Jo C. Martin (contributor 46931071) .