Dennis Henry(1947 - 2012)

Henry, Dennis D.

Dennis D. Henry, 65, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Monday morning (December 3, 2012) at his home after a short battle with cancer.

He was born August 24, 1947 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late John and Margaret (Robertoy) Henry. After graduating from Gibraltar High School in 1965 he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1967 through 1968. On August 8, 1970 he married Sally Jo Ronsman at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. Dennis worked as a pipefitter at PBI before his employment with Bay Ship for 37 years until his retirement in 2007. At Bay Ship he was known as "Little Man" to his co-workers and friends.

Dennis enjoyed fishing, hunting, being on his boat, spending time with his family, woodworking, watching his grandchildren and being at their events. He was a hardworking, loving man who was devoted to his family and friends, and enjoyed listening to country music. Deer hunting was a yearly ritual for Dennis and he was able to get out in the woods to shoot a buck this year. He was thrilled this season as he was able to see his grandson take his first buck in the early season youth hunt.

He leaves behind his wife, Sally; daughter, Julie Henry; two sons, Clint (Jennifer) of Sturgeon Bay, Keith (Shelly) Henry of Egg Harbor; four grandchildren, Carter, Jack, Easton, Boone; two sisters, Betty Kiehnau of Sturgeon Bay, Shirley Sitte of FL; two brothers, Jerry (Mary) Henry of FL, Daniel Henry of Menasha; brothers-in-law, Donald Tanck of Appleton, sisters-in-law, Gloria Henry of MI, Cathy Henry of Sturgeon Bay, Sandy (Frank) Piotrowski of West Allis, Sue (Phil) Young of Sturgeon Bay, and Margie Ronsman of OH. Many special nieces, nephews and friends including Curt Bretall and Brenda Vogel who were especially close to him.

He also leaves behind a "Family of Close Friends," Bill Collins, Joe Biwer, Judy Smith, Gary and Lilah Haarsma, Dan and Jodi Choudoir, Bill and Sue Clomens.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Jane Tanck; two brothers, Bob Henry, Tom Henry; brothers-in-law, Donald Sitte, Bill Kiehnau, Bob Kamke, Jack Ronsman, Larry Bretall and sister-in-law Jane Bretall.

There will be a celebration of his life held at a later date.

Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Published in Door County Advocate on Dec. 5, 2012