Torres, Henry Rafael, left this earth to join his mother and father, Cleto and Emilia; his brothers, Tom and Junior; his sisters, Anita, Caroline, Eloise, Emily, Mary Louise; and so many other friends that preceded his leaving. Henry passed away at home on April 24, 2012 with most of his family by his side to help guide him to his eternal life. He is survived by his sister, Jodi; his loving wife, Barbara; his three sons, Raymond, Rod and Randy (and his wife Susan); and his daughter, Carol (and her husband Gilbert Caton); his 10 grandchildren, Brandi Clary, Garrett and Sean Torres, Jared Torres, Cassandra, Cody and Allison Torres, Lisa Vidales, Tracy and Robert Caton; along with 13 great-grandchildren, Megan, Taylor and Presley Clary, Ryan and Travis Torres, Chase and Cohen Hilt, Presley Torres, Jaelyn, Jamison and Jonah Vidales, Jordyn Lepak and Jacob Caton.|
Henry served in the United States Navy for 3.5 years during World War II, where he made 9 major landings, delivering the Marines and Army troops into battle. When he was discharged after the war was over, he and Barbara Curtis met and were married 7 months later. They remained happily married for 65 wonderful years. After the war, Henry went to work for Standard Oil Co. as a driller, where he later retired after 34 years of dedicated service. After he retired, he and Barbara sold their home of 35 years to move into their vacation home in Forest Falls, CA. After 19 years of shoveling through snow and chopping many bundles of fire wood, Henry decided that he was ready for an easier life in beautiful Orange County, where he and Barbara settled down in their final home in Costa Mesa, CA.
Besides his wife, hot rods were the other love of Henry's life. He loved taking his 33 Ford and his 34 Roadster that his son, Raymond built for him to all of the car shows up and down the Southern West Coast. He and Barbara even traveled on their Gold Wing motorcycle whenever they got the chance. They drove through many states on that motorcycle, including up through Canada and even on through to Alaska.
Henry lived a long, fulfilling, happy and healthy life for 91 years. He will be deeply missed by not only his family and friends, but also by all of those who's lives were lucky enough to be touched by him. May he forever rest in peace. As Henry once said, "Old sailors never die, they just fade away..."
Henry's family will be holding a "Celebration of Life" for him at his home on 5/05/12 starting at 2:30PM. The family would like to extend an invitation to all family and friends on this day to pay their final respects.
Published in Orange County Register on Apr. 28, 2012