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Harry A. Lazarus, Jr.

March 27, 1920 - March 28, 2016

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date April 2, 2016

Funeral Home Rose-Neath Shreveport Marshall St.

Cemetery Forest Park East Cemetery

Church First United Methodist Church of Shreveport

Visitation at the First United Methodist Church, Couch Chapel on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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Harry A. Lazarus, Jr. LTC USAR (Retired)

Funeral Services for Harry A. Lazarus, Jr. LTC USAR (Retired) (Age 96) will be at First United Methodist Church, 500 Common Street, at 11:00 a.m., April 2, 2016. Interment will be at Forest Park St. Vincent.  Dr. Pat Day of First United Methodist Church, Shreveport will officiate. Visitation at the First United Methodist Church, Couch Chapel on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time. LTC Lazarus requests a military funeral. LTC Lazarus died on March 28, 2016 in his home.

LTC Lazarus was born in St. Louis, MO March 27, 1920 and attended elementary school in New Orleans. He graduated from Fair Park in 1938. In September of 1935 he became a charter member of the Junior ROTC. In 1949, he graduated from Centenary College. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Pi, Psychology Club, Centenary Playhouse and Veteran’s Club.

He joined the 204th Coast Artillery (AA), Louisiana Army National Guard in December 1939 and was called into Federal Service with that unit on January 6, 1941 and was separated with an AUS commission as a caption of Infantry in February 1946. He served with the Anti-tank Company 291st Infantry Regiment, 75th Infantry Division in the European Theater including, The Battle of the Bulge. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from France, and the Bronze Star.  He rejoined the National Guard when it was reorganized as the 199th Infantry Regiment at Fort Humbug 1947. Until his retirement as LTC in 1975 he held command and staff positions throughout number of organizations. His last command position was commander of the 1st Battalion 156th Infantry Regiment.

During his military career he attended Anti-Aircraft OCS, Basic and Advance courses at the Infantry School, Fort Benning, GA, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KA, Special Warfare School and the Armed Forces Staff College.

After retirement he became a real estate broker and a Realtor member of the Shreveport-Bossier Board of Realtors. He retired as office manager of Walter Hawkins Co. Inc. Relator in 1994. He was a member and former president of the Shreveport East Camp of the Gideon’s International, a member and former president of Galvez Chapter Louisiana Society Sons of the American Revolution, a member of the VFW, NARFE, ArkLaTex Genealogy Assn; GenCom (The Computer Genealogy Group), La Societe des Fils du Roi and Soldats du Carignan, Inc., and Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

LTC Lazarus predeceased by his first wife of 60 years, Joan Virginia Linxwiler Lazarus. He is survived by his wife Brenda Sue Johnson Hall Lazarus (and two service dogs Duke and Gizmo) step-sons Thomas (Monty) Hall and wife Kara, of Shreveport, LA; and Hank Hall and wife Amy of Hot Springs, AR. Step-grandchildren Brittany, Melissa Vanderford along with sons, Austin and Carter, Jacob Hall, Hank Hall Jr, Ayden Hall, Ella Hall, and Addyson Hall. LTC Lazarus adopted this family into his heart as his own because they were always there for him and helped take care of him.

LTC Lazarus is also survived by his sons. Eldest son, Dr. Stephen Lazarus and wife Holly Earl Lazarus of Knoxville, TN, granddaughters Kristin Earl Lazarus Spake and husband Trent, along with great-grandson Trevor, and great-granddaughter, Holly; Lauren Culler Lazarus. Youngest son, Bruce A. Lazarus and wife Debra Smith Lazarus of Memphis, TN, granddaughters Jennifer Lazarus and Joanna Lazarus Waldrop and husband Craig; great-grandson Chase Waldrop and step-great-grandsons Kevin and Chad. Also survived by Brother Allan M. (prior editor of Shreveport Times) and wife Martha Ellis Lazarus, nephew Kenneth Lazarus and niece Virginia (Ginny) Lazarus.

The family request that memorials be made to Shreveport East Camp of the Gideon’s International, the Deaf Community of FUMC, or the Eternal Flame of the First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, LA.

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