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Raymond Eugene Henry
August 23, 1947 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Raymond Eugene Henry breathed his final goodbye on January 20, 2024. Gone with him are his powerful hugs, ornery smile, generous spirit, and loyal heart. Ray lived his life on his own terms, unapologetically. He loved his family and friends fiercely, always making sure they knew how deeply. Those who understood and loved him will be saddened to have lost their staunch ally in life.
Ray was born on August 23, 1947 to Countess and Charles Henry Jr. His parents’ love and support allowed him to have the best childhood imaginable. He freely explored his neighborhood with friends, participated in sports, and went on fantastic adventures. Some of the adventures became more fantastic with time as embellishments were added for flair. Each telling held more imagery, added dialogue, and accentuated body language, but there was a guaranteed kernel of truth at the heart of every story.
His favorite partner in crime during his youth was his brother, James Riley Henry. Jimmy joined the family on May 16, 1949, becoming Ray’s first love. Jimmy’s constant protector and biggest fan, Ray revered his brother for his commitment to his country with a long, dedicated career in the military. Sadly, on June 8, 2020, Jimmy said his final goodbye to his family. Although miles kept them apart, their brotherly love was strong.
Raymond found his blonde bombshell, Judy, with big curlers and an even bigger personality in 1972. They married in 1973, spending most of their life together at their little patch of heaven raising children, animals, and each other’s temper. They loved each other unconditionally for over 50 years. They were perfectly suited to handle their journey through life together. Front porch ‘fights’, sweet pecks on the lips with an ‘I love you’ as they passed each other, and snuggles in the recliner are precious memories that will forever fill our hearts.
Ray’s deepest love was felt for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Tammy, his blue-eyed beauty, son-in-law Ron, grandchildren Kyle, Daniel and Nicole, great-grandchildren James, Huxley, and Halston. Michael, his witty and charming boy, daughter-in-law Colleen, grandchildren Alex and Katie. Nicci, his free-spirited redheaded whirlwind, son-in-law Randy, grandchildren Levi and Riley. Travis, son of his heart, daughter of his heart Tory, grandchildren Devan and Joseph. Lyndsey, granddaughter of his heart, grandson of his heart Matt, great-grandchildren Brycen and Alexa.
Several loved ones Ray lost along the way took a piece of his heart with them. His great friend and son-in-law, Brian, was his greatest loss. Brian was able to “handle” Ray’s wild ideas and immense personality with ease. When Brian needed him the most, Ray was his chauffer, entertainer, and confidant. Ray’s hope was that he could spend time with his friend again on the ‘flip side’.
Ray’s soft spot was for his animals. The ginormous, formidable man could be turned to a pile of goo by the rumble of a purr or the yip of a happy bark. Left to miss his warmth and affection are his cats, Butters and Duchess.
Ray provided for his family as a journeyman welder, spending most of his career with General Motors at Delco Moraine. He enjoyed his years as a youth sports coach and 4-H advisor. His main goal was to make sure the children he worked with understood their importance, appreciated the process of learning, and had the best time possible throughout.
The family would like to send a special ‘Thank you!’ to Ray’s Hospice angels Liz and Pam. The Hospice staff and volunteers made Ray and his family feel special and loved during his final months. They would also like to send so much love to Mary Bolton for her unconditional love and time spent sharing stories and laughs with Ray.
The family would like for those wishing to honor Ray’s memory to donate to Hospice of Miami County, 3230 N. County Rd. 25A, Troy, OH 45373.
A celebration of Ray’s life will be scheduled for a later date.