Warren E. Henricks

Warren E. Henricks

CHILLICOTHE: Warren E. Henricks passed away at Traditions of Chillicothe early in the morning on June 30, 2013 at the age of 92.

On March 10, 2004 he lost the love of his life, Lois. They were married for over sixty years and he never stopped reminding those around him about how loving and beautiful Lois was.

Warren is survived by their three children, Diana (Larry) Walker, of Kingston, Ron (Danell) Henricks, of Columbus, and John (Cheryl) Henricks, of Chillicothe; and well as a multitude of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Warren was born on March 13, 1921 to Herbert and Veda Eiler Henricks and was one of four sons.

Before coming to Chillicothe, Warren was a four year letterman in football and track at Cerro Gordo High School in Illinois and received a football scholarship to attend the University of Illinois, where he was on the team his freshman year. He left the U of I to join the Army Air Corps during WWII. He graduated from the Army Air Corps Officers Training School at Yale University in 1943 and later attained the rank of Captain. After the war he returned to the University of Illinois to finish his engineering degree, graduating in 1947.

After graduation, Warren and Lois made Chillicothe their home as he accepted a position at the Mead Corporation. Warren became Area Vice President of Chillicothe Operations of Mead Corporation with responsibility for Mead, Chilpaco and the Woodlands Operations from 1963 to 1973 until he retired in 1983.

Above all the career accomplishments Warren was able to achieve, the love for his family and the community where he lived, worked and raised his children was first and foremost in his life. He modeled to all of us a positive, giving attitude of love and service and lived by example of the "pay it forward" principle of life.

Warren served on the Chillicothe School Board for 10 years and served as its President for 2 terms. Chillicothe High School and Allen Elementary were built during his time on the board. He also served on the executive council of Boys Scouts Chief Logan Council for 30 years, was on the Ohio University-Chillicothe Regional Council for 18 years, Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce for 8 years, Chillicothe City Planning Commission for two years, served in various leadership positions with Walnut Street United Methodist Church, Jaycee of the Year in 1953 and later Jaycees Citizen of the Year, Chillicothe Kiwanis Statehood Achievement Award and was treasurer of Chillicothe Education Foundation and Chillicothe High School Alumni Association. He also served on various capacities for the local Red Cross Chapter.

Warren loved Chillicothe High School sports and the Chillicothe Paints. He had the same season tickets for CHS football since 1948 and attended every Paints home game that was physically possible. In the last few years of his life it was very common to see Warren and his buddy Red Magill cheering on the CHS teams and his summer weekends were just not the same when the Paints were playing out of town. The day before he died he asked his family if the Paints won their game-and yes they did! That made Warren's day.

In his later years Warren cherished the days he spent at Traditions with his "family". He loved getting up early and sitting around the breakfast table with his buddies sharing stories and memories, and ended the day by joining the ladies in a game of dominos. They all became family to him and for that we are very appreciative and thankful.

A private burial will be held in Floral Hills Memory Gardens with military graveside rites by the Ross County Veterans Honor Guard prior to the memorial service.

His life will be honored during a public memorial service to be held at Walnut Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 6, 2013, with Rev. Scott Smith officiating, at 11 a.m.. Friends may call at WARE FUNERAL HOME from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

In keeping with Warren's desire to "pay it forward", in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the building fund at Walnut Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 509 Chillicothe, OH 45601 or the Red Cross Ross County Chapter, 181 N. Bridge St., Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.

Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on July 2, 2013