Soldotna resident David Newton Henry died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at his home in Soldotna with family and friends present after a short battle with cancer. He was 67.
There will be a time to remember Mr. Henry at 11 a.m. today at the Ministry of Living Stones Church in Sterling. Burial and a military funeral and honor guard will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Anchorage.
Mr. Henry was born Feb. 18, 1936, in New Mexico. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1965, stationed in Germany. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.
Mr. Henry made his home in California until he moved to Soldotna in 1989.
"He loved to make people laugh, always telling jokes and funny limericks. Music was his passion. He loved to have all his kids singing with him, and we loved it, too," said his daughters, Donna and Brenda.
"My father was and always will be a great man. His small frame encompassed a huge heart. Without fail he could turn life's heartaches to laughter and put them to song. Those who knew him, knew he was a man of few words and sharp wit. I hope he knows how much I appreciate all that he has passed on to me. He will be greatly missed, but certainly never forgotten," said his son, Mark.
Mr. Henry is survived by sisters, Judy and Lavon of California; brother, Delbert of California; daughters, Linda Henry of Modesto, Calif., Brenda Foster of Hickman, Calif., and Donna Beard of Waterford, Calif.; sons, David Henry of Oakdale, Calif., and Mark Henry of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and lifelong friend, Betty Jo Goodrich of Soldotna.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Betty Jo Goodrich, 291 Sunrise Court, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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