Onsgard, Henry Henry Onsgard, 68, of Dallas TX died on March 16th 2013 of Alzheimer's dementia. He bravely and nobly lived with this disease for thirteen years. He is survived by his wife Laura Onsgard and daughter Kristen Onsgard, who is following in her father's footsteps as an environmental scientist. Henry retired in 2009 after 30 years with the U.S. EPA. Kristen is a community biologist studying in Galveston, TX. Henry, while born in Thomasville, GA, lived all over the country as the son of an FBI agent. The family's last stop was in Southern California in the early sixties. Henry, who embraced the sun and surf lifestyle of Southern California, graduated from UC Riverside and did his graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Arizona. Henry and Laura met in Dallas and were married at First Methodist of Dallas, after which they honeymooned for two weeks in Alaska. Four years later they moved from an urban apartment to a small house on Blessing Drive, where they planted their very first Christmas tree in the front yard and watched it grow to more than 40 feet. To this day it is known as a neighborhood icon. They raised their only child in this home under the protection of this tree and their loyal Dalmatian Dottie. As a family they enjoyed showing horses, camping, vacationing at the ocean - and most especially family game night! Henry is remembered by all as a patient, kind, intelligent and giving gentleman. He always wanted to be of use, and even in death is still of service to his community having donated his body to the Memory Research Unit at UT Southwestern. In lieu of flowers, donations in Henry's memory may be sent to this program or to the Junior League of Galveston where his daughter is a very active member working primarily with local pediatric units. Close family members include sister Karen of Long Beach, CA; cousins John and Helen Stettler of Dallas, Sandra Stettler of Houston, Dianne Stettler Lemmon of San Antonio; and Aunt and Uncle Cliff and Marion Stettler and their children Peter and Linda, all of Chicago, IL. Henry's funeral service will be held on March 20th at 3PM at First United Lutheran Church of Dallas, 6202 East Mockingbird Lane.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 19, 2013