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Memorial set May 24 for publisher Macomber, 71

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A memorial service is planned for 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at the Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown for Mr. Harry Macomber, Jr., 71, of Watertown.

A longtime newspaper man and farmer, he considered one of the driving forces behind the establishment of The Watertown Gazette.

Mr. Macomber died Monday evening, May 21, 2012 at his home following an extended illness. He was under the care of family, friends and Hospice. His remains were cremated.

Born Aug. 12, 1940 in Freedom Township, Michigan, Mr. Macomber was the youngest newspaper published in Michigan in the 1960s and was noted for his work with the Press Association Magazine. He held elected office, served as an officer in various civic organizations, received the State preservation Award and earned many accolades for his work and dedication to the city of Watertown.

"Harry was never shy about speaking his mind," said Lounita Howard, publisher of The Watertown Gazette.

"He wrote a column for us for several years. He was always poking, prodding, asking questions. His columns were certainly lively. Watertown lost a good man. He will be missed."

Macomber was a published author who provided free office space and encouragement to the founders of The Watertown Gazette.

Survivors include: his son Adam of Watertown; son Thomas Tyosh of Michigan and daughter Melanie of Michigan. Also surviving are Melanies's sons Jovan, Daylon and Issac as well as siblings Shirley Sparks, Barb Harvey, Carl Macomber, Linda Brannock and George Macomber, Jr.

He is preceded in death by son David Tyosh and grandson Kristian.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be directed to Southern STARRS, 4050 Cairo Bend Rd., Lebanon 37087.

Watertown's Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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