Richard Alexander Henry(1938 - 2014)

RICHARD ALEXANDER HENRY Richard Alexander Henry was born September 28, 1938, and grew up in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. He graduated from Point Pleasant Beach High School and received his BS degree in Forestry at Penn State in 1962. After graduation, Dick and his wife Nancy moved to Willows, CA. There he began his career with the U.S. Forest Service on the Mendocino National Forest. The family followed him to many stations, living mostly in rural California communities. Dick later spent three years in the National Office in Washington D.C. where he ran the Fuels Program. After that he became Director of the National Advanced Resource Technology Center in Marana, AZ. There he founded the first Spanish speaking fire program for the Latin and South Americas. Under his leadership all the classes were accredited at the University of Arizona at the 400 and 500 level. In 1984 Dick was promoted to Supervisor of the Lassen National Forest in Susanville, CA. Six years later he became the Director of Fire and Aviation for Region 5 and he and Nancy moved to the Bay Area. Dick loved being involved with the Fire Suppression Community. He began as a junior member at age 14 in his home town alongside his father. He served on a Region 5 Fire Team for a number of years and Retired as the Director of Fire and Aviation. One of the accomplishments that he was most proud of was being secretary to the Happy Camp Clinic Board in 1976. He also did all the finish electrical and plumbing on the 6000 sq. ft. medical facility. Upon his retirement in 1994 Dick and Nancy returned to Tucson and launched Dick's second career as "My Favorite Handyman". They later re-retired to Chico, CA in 2002. Dick is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Linn Henry. Also by children, Rebecca Linn Rodgers-Hazlett & son-in-law Jeff; Christopher Henry & daughter-in-law Lorna; and Scott Henry & daughter-in-love Robin. Grandchildren include Cora Rodgers; Kendal, Kayla and Sage Henry; Kassie, Kaitlinn and Alexander Henry, and great-grandchild, Stephen. Dick also leaves behind a younger brother, Charles and sister, Elinor; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Apr. 8, 2014