Henry Arthur Amble

July 23, 1926February 21, 2012

Henry Arthur Jr., aged 85, of Ann Arbor, passed away February 21st at Arbor Hospice surrounded by his loving family. Born July 23rd, 1926, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, he grew up in Lincoln Park, Michigan, served in the Army Air Force, and was a 1950 graduate of the University of Michigan's College of Engineering. After graduation, Henry worked in California for North American Aviation where he helped design the circuitry for the F86 Sabre Jet, a single-engine plane which was very successful in helping to end the Korean Conflict. He spent the rest of his working career at U of M's Willow Run Laboratories, which became the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, retiring in 1991. For over 35 years, Henry organized the Tri-Service Radar Symposium, an annual conference of radar scientists, and was named a fellow of the Military Sensing Symposia for his contributions to the profession. He was an emeritus member of Ann Arbor Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow. He enjoyed music, reading, the out-of-doors, and travelling with his wife and best friend, Phyllis, to Monterey, California; Norway, Great Britain, and Antarctica. Most of all, he was a patient, graceful man who loved spending time with his family. Predeceased by his parents Henry and Amanda, brother Roy, and two loyal English springer spaniels Nellie and Murphy, he is survived by his wife of 57 years, Phyllis (Kelso); children Karla Palmer (Steve) of Watertown CT, Laura Amble (Bill Novak) of Frisco CO, Robin Miesel (Victor) of Ann Arbor, and David (Chelo Picardal) of Redmond WA; and grandchildren Henry and Calvin Palmer; Susanna, Kristina, and Gabriella Miesel; and Jakob Amble. Henry was a good friend and neighbor, a great husband, and a proud father and grandfather. He will be dearly missed. The family would like to extend thanks to the U of M's trauma unit and Arbor Hospice for their gentle and compassionate care. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, 48108; or the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, 48105. A celebration of Henry's life will be held in Ann Arbor in the early summer. Arrangements entrusted to the Muehlig Funeral Chapel Ann Arbor


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Jim Fenton

March 8, 2012

My deepest sympathies on the loss of Mr. Henry Amble. My thoughts and prayers are with the Amble family.

Craig Maes

March 6, 2012

Hank was friend of the family as I was growing up and I still think of him on a regular basis, especially during deer season. I spent many years up north with Henry and my dad Reed; a couple times in Canada, many times at Hubbard Lake. Henry was the one who took me deer hunting when my father was unable after his first heart attack and I am forever grateful for that. I would have liked to have stayed connected after we stopped hunting together, a young growing family has a tendency to change priorities. I will miss you Hank, thanks for everything you did for me as I was growing up.

Shannon Anderson

March 1, 2012

Henry was my first mentor as I began my working career as a young girl working at ERIM. What I learned from Henry I still practice in my career today. Phyllis and family I know how much you were loved by Henry as was evident in the way his eyes would light up when he spoke of you. I send you my heartfelt sympathy and hope that peace surrounds you in the knowledge that the memory of your loved one continues to live on in the hearts of so many. Rest in peace dear Henry.

David Amble

February 29, 2012

Daddy - you went went on your last journey one week ago. Though you travel far, I know you will always be there for me.



February 27, 2012

Dear Amble Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Henry. May you find consolation in the fond memories of your dear one along with comfort from the Most High-for “He is healing the brokenhearted ones, and is binding up their painful spots.” –Psalm 147:3

Julie Olson (Nichols)

February 27, 2012

My father, Alan Nichols, worked at ERIM with Hank. I remember the nice stories my dad would tell of Mr. Amble. My thoughts and prayers are with the Amble family.

February 26, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Henry Amble. I worked with Hank at ERIM and I always enjoyed his stories and ways of making our work days even more interesting. Diane (Godfrey) Anderson

February 26, 2012

Our prayers and thoughts go out the Amble family during this difficult time. Hank was a dear friend to us and especially our father, Reed Maes at ERIM. Hank, thank you for all the years at LLWC too. Eric & Craig Maes

Karin Ladd Patnode

February 26, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Amble family. My father (Jimmie Ladd) and I worked with Henry at ERIM. I use to love to listen to Henry's stories!

Bill Becher

February 25, 2012

My heartfelt sympathy goes to Phyllis, children and family. Henry was a wise and thoughtful colleague, a trusted advisor and a valued friend. I shall miss him. May his soul rest in blissful, eternal sleep,