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Henry C. Risner Obituary

People who knew Henry C. Risner said it was no surprise to learn what he was doing during the last moments of his life. Risner, 26, of Golden, Colo., was distributing candy to Iraqi children when a sniper''s bullet struck him down Aug. 18. "That''s the exact kind of person that he was," said Risner''s brother, Jesse. "He loved children, and he would do everything he could to help people who were less fortunate than himself." Risner, who was stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., enjoyed hunting, fishing and rooting for the Denver Broncos. As the oldest of seven siblings and half-siblings, he also developed strong protective instincts. "He taught me some self-defense moves," said younger sister Ellen, 24. "But he always said if a guy ever hurt me, to just tell him and he''d take care of it." Risner loved being stepfather to his wife Emily''s 4-year-old son, Skyler. So when his wife said she was pregnant, Risner quickly expressed his preference for a girl and picked out his favorite name: Katelynn. The baby is due early next year. They never talked about boy names, but Emily knows now what she would name a son: Henry.
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Published online on 1/28/2005.

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October 24, 2014
Hello, We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Risner Family know that we recently made a small donation to Until Every Troop Comes Home in honor of Henry C. Risner US Army Private 1st Class.
Charlie Gili (Brooklyn, NY)

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