Harry Thomas Colson, 89, of Paducah died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Superior Care Home.
He was a retired electrician with Tennessee Valley Authority. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay when the Instrument of Surrender was signed by the Allied officers and the Japanese foreign minister, formally ending World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Geraldine “Jean” (Owen) Colson; three daughters, Elizabeth Jean McDermott of Sanibel, Fla., Cynthia Kay Ward of Smithland, and Virginia Sue Connor of Santa Fe, Texas; one sister, Ruby L. Cope of Augusta, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter; one brother; and one sister. His parents were Kelzie and Ethel (Fergerson) Colson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Collier Funeral Home in Benton. Interment with military honors will follow in Wilson Cemetery.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.