Harvey Wilshusen - March 05, 2009Former Hampton resident Harvey Leonard Wilshusen of Portsmouth, Va. died Thursday, March 5, 2009.
A memorial service was held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Portsmouth, Va.
He was born in Hampton to Ernest August and Agnes Ueckert Wilshusen.
He enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1943 and served as a Seabee (67th Construction Battalion) on Tinian Island during World War II. After World War II, he received his commission as lieutenant in the Civil Engineer Corps and served in Yokosuka, Japan, during the Korean War. After the Korean War, he served at several naval locations in the United States. He retired as a lieutenant commander after 21 years of honorable service.
After retiring from active military duty, he became plant facilities engineer for the General Electric Co. in Waynesboro, Va., where he served for 21 years. After his retirement from GE, he helped construct the third Hershey’s Chocolate plant in the United States at Stuarts Draft, Va.
He enjoyed being a volunteer for the Frontier Culture Museum and the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace in Staunton, Va., as well as Habitat for Humanity in Waynesboro, Va. He was a former member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hampton, and was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Portsmouth, Va.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret Norris Wilshusen; one sister, Dalores W. Boehmer of Plano, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.