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Henry was born in Indiana on October 9, 1919. His family moved to Southern California when he was still a little boy, settling down in San Pedro. At twenty years old Henry chose to enlist in the Army. He served with distinction in the European Theater as a sergeant in the Communications Corps, and fought under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge. While posted in England Henry attended a social for American troops where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Ann Westwood. She brought him a plate of cookies and changed his life forever.Shortly after meeting Dorothy, Henry was sent to France to participate in D-Day, but he returned to England as soon as he could and before long they were married. After achieving the rank of warrant officer, Henry elected to join the Army Reserves and begin life as a civilian. Henry and Dorothy settled in Long Beach and soon they were enjoying family life: They had three sons, Paul, James and John and Henry raised them by example through his tireless devotion to the Salvation Army, the Boy Scouts and the Masons. Henry remained a grounded, prepared leader in his church and community throughout his years, watching his sons grow up and marry and have children of their own. He watched over his family and community, always with a glimmer in his eye for his lovely Dorothy. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 10:00am at Salvation Army Long Beach Citadel, 455 Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90806. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on April 12, 2012