Henry S. Cason III, 63

Computer specialist

July 10, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Henry S. Cason III, a retired computer specialist and Vietnam veteran, died Sunday of renal failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Belcamp resident was 63.

Henry Spencer Cason III was born and raised in Waynesboro, Pa. He was a 1963 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

In 1965, Mr. Cason enlisted in the Army and after training was sent to Vietnam, where he was a door gunner aboard helicopters. He was discharged in 1967.

"He hated to talk about those two years in Vietnam," said a son, Henry S. Cason IV, of Abingdon. "I was told that when he came home, he pinned his medals on my diaper."

Mr. Cason earned a bachelor's degree in social and family science from Pennsylvania State University at State College in 1976.

From 1976 to 1980, he was a social worker for Franklin County, Pa., Child and Youth Services.

Mr. Cason went to work in 1980 as a computer specialist at the Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa. In 1994, he relocated to Belcamp after taking a similar job at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Edgewood Arsenal.

He retired this year on a medical disability.

Mr. Cason was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign War Post 1599 and the Knights of Columbus Council 1426, both in Chambersburg.

He enjoyed reading history and novels.

He was a former communicant of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Chambersburg and was a parishioner of St. Francis De Sales Roman Catholic Church in Abingdon.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, 12 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa.

Also surviving are his wife of 38 years, the former Catherine Dempsey; another son, Robert F. Cason of Chambersburg; his mother, Elizabeth Brezler Cason of Belcamp; a brother, David A. Cason of Waynesboro; five sisters, Elizabeth A. Bonner, Margaret E. Wagaman, Marcia J. Long and Emily S. Wishard, all of Waynesboro, and Laura J. Robezzoli of Wernersville, Pa.; and six grandchildren. Another daughter, Christina Lynne Cason, died in 1994.

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