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George William Henry Sr.

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ROARING BRANCH, Pa. -- George William Henry Sr., 77, of Roaring Branch, formerly of Pottsville, Pa. passed away at his home on Sunday morning, March 16, 2003.

George was born on July 17, 1925 in Pottsville. He was the youngest and last surviving of 14 children born to the late George and Alice E. (Welker) Henry. Soon after graduating from Pottsville High School, George enlisted in the United States Navy and honorably served our country during W.W.II.

On April 2, 1945 he married Loretta M. Barrett. Together they shared 58 wonderful years and raised four children. George and Loretta also helped to raise their oldest grandson, Christopher George Henry of Canton, Pa.

George, known as “Duck Man” by family and friends, was employed as an Electric Welder with the Bethlehem Steel Co. in Birdsboro, Pa. for many years until his retirement in 1987. His memberships included the VFW, the American Legion, the Cressona Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 and The Schuylkill Haven Rod and Gun Club.

George was of the Episcopalian faith. He found a peace and contentment when surrounded by nature. His hobbies included raising ducks, hunting and attending turkey shoots. George also enjoyed music.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Loretta, at home; four children, Janet Alice Henry of Bennington, Vt., Renee Ann Weaver of Warner Robins, Ga., George W. Henry Jr. of Roaring Branch and Darlene Whitmore of Marittia, Ga., eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; a devoted, long-time friend and nurse; Phyllis Pequignot of Canton, Pa; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

His family invites friends to call from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Thursday, with Pastor Will Strunk officiating.

Burial will follow in the Grover Cemetery with full military honors accorded.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 18, 2003
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