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Harry Kies
passed away on Nov. 22, 2012. Harry was born on April 11, 1924, in the town of Oberlungwitz, Saxony, Germany to Paul and Melani Kies. At the age of 17, he joined the German army and was a tank radio operator, serving under General Erwin Rommel’s elite Afrika Korps in the North African desert. He was taken prisoner and sent to Roswell, New Mexico, and spent 30 months picking cotton. Upon his release, Harry was sent to Belgium, where he worked in the coal mines. He spent five years in Belgium and then moved to Canada and eventually landing in California, ending up in Big Bear Lake for 34 years.

While living in Big Bear, Harry became known as the town’s handyman as well as a designer and builder of many things – from elaborate doll houses to gopher eradicators. 
Harry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Berti; two daughters, Ramona and Rochelle; and four grandchildren, Amanda, Michael, Randy and Cameron.

Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Skandia Mobile Country Club-house, 16444 Bolsa Chica Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92649.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a generous donation be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Harry. You can donate online: or by mail: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072 Pittsfield, MA 01202.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:45 pm | Updated: 3:47 pm, Wed Dec 19, 2012.
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper