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Thursday, July 13, 2023
10:15 - 11:15am (Mountain (no DST) time)
Richard was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Richard Hastings Henry and Mary Elizabeth Watling Henry. Richard was the youngest of four children, He is survived by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Thornton and brother Robert Edward Henry. (Heather). His older brother, Michael Allen Henry (Betty) death preceded Richard's death. He is survived by several nieces and nephews as well as many friends.
After completing high school, Richard volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy from October 31, 1977 and was honorably discharged on April 30, 1982, serving active duty for 4 years, 5 months and 29 days. He served on the USS Gridley CGT21.
Upon discharge from the Navy, Richard received additional education at Colorado Aero Tech and developed expertise in installation and maintenance of various equipment and machines for the canning industry. He was able to use his expertise in canning plants in the United States and internationally. He often spent most of his time working in various countries outside the United States. He worked until December 2020. He had a catastrophic stroke in January of 2021 and was confined to a wheelchair and lived his remaining days in a nursing home. Richard had an additional stroke and did not regain consciousness, passing away on June 23, 2023.
Richard loved fishing, camping, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and driving his Camaro. He was a passionate supporter of the Denver Broncos. He played the electric guitar and was passionate about his extensive model train village he maintained in his basement.
He loved his many friends and had strong relationships with friends from high school, the Navy, and his many co-workers in the canning industry. He maintained his sense of humor until the very end.
There will be a short service at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 10:15 am at Staging Area C.