Henry Eric Horwitz (born Heinz Erich Solomon Horwitz) passed away peacefully at home after a lengthy illness on August 2, 2017. Henry was born June 5, 1930 in Bunde, Germany to Bernhard and Hilda Manheimer Horwitz. Escaping Nazi Germany, his family fled to Argentina in 1938, one of the few countries still accepting Jewish refugees. His mother passed away upon arrival. Henry spent his formative years in Argentina and Bolivia, where as a young teen, he joined the Bolivian Army, working as a Cabo Ranchero, living with indigenous communities as a mestizo.
His uncles were able to bring him to the United States in 1947 and shortly thereafter, Henry joined the US Air Force, returning to Germany in the Cold War to assist with intelligence operations. He continued to hold his security clearance and assist his country throughout his life. He was naturalized in 1953, one of his proudest moments. After his service, using the GI Bill, he attended Indiana Tech earning a degree in Civil Engineering. He later attended Notre Dame and Syracuse Universities, and attained a Professional Engineer's license. His first job was in Jackson, Michigan, where he met the love of his life and wife of 59 years, Marianna Calderone Horwitz.