Henry L. Atlee, 86 of La Crosse passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Hillview Health Care Center.Â He was born in La Crosse, WI on October 3, 1926 to Henry and Dorothy Atlee.Â
Harry was drafted out of Aquinas High School by the United States Army.Â He was assigned to the Pacific Theatre, and was stationed in the Philippines, Okinawa, and Japan.
Upon returning from Japan, Harry completed his education, met Marion, graduated from college, got married, and had two children – Brian and Jan.
Bicycling was Harryâ€™s passion.Â He was a member of the League of American Wheelmen for many years.Â In a typical week, Harry rode over 200 miles on his bike.Â Â He commuted on his aluminum Gitane fixed gear bicycle to downtown Milwaukee before there were bike lanes, bike paths, and bike helmets.Â Â Â On summer weekends, Harry would participate in organized rides ranging from 40 to 100 miles, riding his favorite Bianchi road bike.
To complement his exercise regime, Harry enjoyed many Milwaukee restaurants. He and Marion were regulars at Jakeâ€™s, Sollyâ€™s, Manningâ€™s, The Black Kettle, and Zaffiroâ€™s.Â He liked thick chocolate malts, Chicago hotdogs, Loose Meat sandwiches, meatballs, and Makers Mark.
Travel was one of Harryâ€™s favorite post retirement activities.Â Harry and Marion drove all of the United States often staying on the road for a month at a time. The desert southwest and California were their favorite destinations.
Harry loved new technology. He was particularly fond of the computer, and made considerable progress printing out the Internet.
Always well informed, Harry read the La Crosse Tribune and Wall Street Journal every day.Â He enjoyed Motor Trend, Consumer Reports, Wisconsin Public Radio, Fox News, and Comedy Central. He was a fan of Clint Eastwood, Terrance Stamp, Marlon Brando,Â and the Green Bay Packers.
Harry was proud to have voted in every single election â€“ no matter how minor â€“ since 1947.
Harry fought a long battle with Parkinsonâ€™s disease without complaint. He stayed in his home until age 83 with the tireless help from Marion.Â
The family is grateful to the staff at Hillview Health Care Center for providing a safe and caring home for Harry.
Harry is survived by his sister Carol Ford; son Brian Atlee (Donna); daughter Janice Sherpe (Arden), and grandchildren Alex, Katelyn, and Kassandra.
Preceded in death by father Henry; mother Dorothy; brother Richard and recently, his wife Marion.
A private family graveside service was held on Sat. Feb. 23, 2013.Â
Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.