of South Haven
on 17 September 1988
He took part
in Europe's liberation
In the greatest world conflagration.
and personality at once drew one's attention
Though he never used these for exploitation.
and work he drew great satisfation
Honesty and fairness characterised him, with accommodation.
With no degrees
received at a convocation
He proved that insight and ingenuity are greater qualifications.
man, he lived a life of dedication
With the wisdom of a true freemason.
sharp and clear he was in mentation
In spite of a war injury of possible ablation.
This was Hank
Compton of South Haven
Of whom I sing in praise and appreciation-
One who was
spared by many a bullet in a great confrontation
To die in his own home, with no easily understood
And some asked
me, since I was Asian
Of fate and predestination.