Samuel Jesse Henry June 19, 1920-January 3, 2013 Samuel Henry's life dues were paid in full on Thursday, January 3, 2013 for his 92 years of living! Samuel was born June 19, 1920 in Upper Lake, California to Samuel and Grace Henry, one of the founding families of Upper Lake, California. His parents divorced when Samuel was quite young and Samuel moved to Sunol, California with his mother. Each June he would return to Upper Lake to spend time with his father and enjoy the carefree days of summer. In 1931 Samuel was 11 years old when his mother passed away and it was at that time Samuel returned to Upper Lake and lived with his father and grandparents Benjamin Franklin and Mary Matilda Henry. He attended Upper Lake Elementary and graduated from Upper Lake High School in 1938. While in High School his summers were spent picking apples in Washington, packing pears or hoeing beans in Upper Lake. In 1941 Samuel was drafted into the United States Air Force at the age of 21. He served in England during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. Returning to his hometown of Upper Lake he went to work for Guido at Clearlake Motor Drayage as a truck driver in the late 1940s. In 1952 he met and married Dorothy Elliott, also an Upper Lake native. Their union resulted in four children, Bill, Larry, Rachelle and Kevin. In the 1950s Samuel drove a logging truck for Jack Campbell Logging as well as Bob Campbell trucking. In the 1960s he went to work for Bruce Campbell Chevrolet on Main Street in Upper Lake. There he worked as a mechanic and car painter. In 1965 he went to work for The County of Lake as a heavy equipment operator. After 20 years with the County he retired in 1985. After retirement Samuel found that he enjoyed photography. He could often be found either working or sitting in his walnut orchard in Upper Lake often with camera in hand. Samuel is known for his love of a good time, whether it be drinking beer and shooting the breeze or backyard barbecues, Samuel enjoyed a good laugh. He had a nickname for everyone, some of them quite colorful and Samuel never missed a chance to heckle anyone who left him an opening. Samuel also enjoyed a passion for old cars and often drove his Model T in the Firemen's parade down Main Street Upper Lake. When his son Bill graduated from 8th grade, Samuel gifted him a 1934 Ford Victoria. In June 2012 with Bill behind the wheel and Samuel riding shotgun that very '34 Victoria was seen cruising Main Street Upper Lake during the annual Wild West Days parade. Samuel was preceded in death by a brother, Patrick and son, Kevin. He is survived by his constant companion and mother of his children, Dotty. His sons, Bill Henry and wife Cindi, Larry and wife Suzi, and daughter Rachelle. Grandchildren, Michael, Josh, Christopher, Jenny, Julia, Annie, Chucky and Jamie Lynn as well as six great-grandchildren. Samuel also leaves extended family, friends and a lifetime of memories. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2013 at Upper Lake Cemetary. There will be a potluck at the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street in Upper Lake immediately following the services. Please bring your favorite dish and join us in celebrating Samuel's life. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary. For more information they can be contacted at 707-263-0357. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com.
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Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12, 2013