Traverse City – Dick L. Henry, 95, of Glen Arbor, passed away at home on Saturday, June 8, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
Dick was born on Tuesday, February 12, 1924 to the late Ray and Margaret (Gibson) Henry in Three Rivers. He graduated from Coldwater High School and continued his education at Albright business college/university, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.
A decorated veteran of WW II, Dick served with the U. S. Army as a member of the 168th Ordnance Company in the South Pacific. He was a survivor of the Kamikaze attack on the Liberty Ship Jeremiah M. Daily in the Leyte Gulf, Philippines on November 12, 1944. Dick was discharged from the army as a T/Sgt on January 17, 1946. He married the former Lois A. Weinberg in Kalamazoo on August 31, 1947.
Dick worked for the General Foods Corporation in Battle Creek as the production control manager. He left there to move to this area in 1964, where he and his wife owned and operated the Briar Hill Motel in Traverse City and then the Glen Eden Resort in Glen Arbor. He was an instrumental board member at Glen Lake Schools, he was a former member of the VFW and also enjoyed being a part of the EAA – Experimental Aircraft Association. In his spare time, Dick enjoyed Flying, golfing and Fishing. He is survived by his children, Daughter, Judi (Robert) Miller of Cedar and their children, Aimee (John) Sandula, Aaron (Dannah) Miller and Andy (Corilynne) Miller; Daughter Jan (Gordon) Wiseman of Traverse City and their children, Cristina Ferro and Kim (Jeremy) Pringle, Daughter Jean (Greg) Noah of Honor and their children Chloe (Steve) Reamer, Sarajane (Claes) Adler, and stepchildren, Chris Kelsey and Corrie Noah. Son, John (Colleen) Henry of Belmont and their children, Chad, Kyle, Luke and Rachel. Also surviving are 15 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and his brother Floyd Henry. Dick was preceded in death by his wife Lois on Dec. 14, 2018, by his parents and sisters Lillian Parker and Geraldine Webb, and a grandchild.
A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Empire with full military rites.
For a more lasting memorial, Dick may be remembered with monetary gifts to his favorite charity, The Salvation Army, P. O. Box 5228, Traverse City, MI 49686, or to a charity of one’s own choosing.
Please share your memories of Dick with his family by visiting his online tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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