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Reverend Alfred James Norman Henriksen
January 21, 1922 - June 24, 2017


Reverend Alfred Henriksen, a Unitarian Universalist minister, died peacefully early Saturday morning, June 24, 2017, at the age of 95. Although Rev. Al often voiced his desire to reach age 100, he did not want his life prolonged by artificial means, and his family respected his wishes. He was being cared for at home by his wife, Georgianne Declercq, under the Kaiser Permanente Hospice Program.
Reverend Henriksen was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Baxter Henriksen, who died in 1987. Al and Ruth had three children, all of whom are living: James Peter (JP) Henriksen of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Carl Henriksen who lives in Papua New Guinea with his wife, Beverly Thacker; and Heidi Henriksen who resides in Lafayette, Colorado, with her husband, Neal Conner. Rev. Al was very proud of his six grandchildren: Erik Henriksen (wife, Emily); Nini Henriksen; Teddy Henriksen; Becca Henriksen Reeve (husband, Alec); Rueben Conner, and Bryce Conner. There are four great-grandchildren: Cary, Cedar, and Indigo Reeve, and Elias Henriksen.
Rev. Al and Georgianne have been together since 1994 and Al was privileged to have Erika Declercq Sweet and Renee Declercq Ackley as step-daughters. Erika's husband, Jeff, was an important part of Al's life and he considered their children, Kevin and David, his grandchildren. Although he did not see Renee and her daughter, Stephanie, as much, he was very fond of them and also considered them family.
Reverend Henriksen was born in Boston, MA, and grew up in Quincy, MA. He received a BA in divinity from Bangor Theological School in Maine and a Masters Degree from Tufts University in Summerville, MA. He also held a Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Iowa.
Reverend Henriksen was the minister at Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA for 24 years, from 1963 to 1987. He was very active in the many social issues occurring during the tumultous 1960's and 1970's. He previously served Unitarian churches in Augusta, Maine; in Iowa City, Iowa; and Corpus Christi, Texas.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Reverend Henriksen's life is scheduled for Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, at 2:00 p.m.
Special thanks to the Kaiser Hospice team who gave such special care to Al these last few weeks. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on July 9, 2017
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