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It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Richard James Henry on February 8, 2021. Richard died peacefully at the VA hospital in San Diego, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmette and Eugenia Henry of El Centro, CA, and his two sisters, Anne Buss and Frances Gentry. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jenny Henry; his two daughters, Regina Henry and Roena Joe; his son, Richard Henry, and his two sisters, Kathy Moreno and Theresa Gibson; along with several grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Richards familys roots were in Imperial Valley. His grandfather, William Brandenberg, moved to Imperial Valley in 1901 and set up ranching in the Imperial/Mexicali Valleys, later turning to ranching/farming in Calexico, and raising his family there. Richard was born in El Centro and remained there for his entire life. Richard graduated from Central Union High School, El Centro, CA, in 1964. During his youth, Richard was dedicated to 4-H and Future Farmers of America, showing horses and other animals at the Imperial County Fair and at other Valley events. After high school he went to Imperial Valley College until he went into the Army, around 1965. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Richard followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father and entered the produce/farming business, working for Bud Antle Company in Holtville, CA, as his first produce job, and then working for a number of other farming businesses during his career. Richard had a love for the outdoors and for the Valley farming and ranching cultures. Richard was a long time member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Centro. Richards family and many Valley friends will miss him greatly. A memorial service for Richard will be held at a later date. Donations in Richards name to the Humane Society of Imperial County would be appreciated.

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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Feb. 17, 2021.
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February 28, 2021
Richard will be greatly missed. He was a welcome face when attending 7:30 mass at OLG.
Marcela Loera
February 19, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Justin Fager,Katherine Fager, Dakota Fager
February 18, 2021
I will always cherish those summer memories in his Boulevard Cabin home with his whole family always making me feel welcome. Sending lots of love to the girls & Jenny
Nicole Menvielle Lulis
February 18, 2021
So sad to hear of Richard's passing. Have know him since 1959 in high school. Richard had a special place in my heart. Sending prayers and sympathy to his wife and family. He will always be missed.
Jodie hansen
February 17, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. You and your family will be in my prayers. God bless.
April Fager Anderson
February 17, 2021
We send our prayers for peace and healing to your family during this time. May the memories of Mr. Henry bring you comfort in the coming days and happiness in the coming years.
Stacey Fager-Phillips, Aaron Phillips and Shawn Hendrix
February 17, 2021
I will always remember you Big Richard❤ You were such a great man, and I’m going to miss seeing you whether it was at our families get togethers or out shopping. Rest In Peace Richard, You will be missed❤
Priscilla V
February 17, 2021
Dear Jenny, our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. God bless you and your family.
February 17, 2021
Sorry for your loss, I known Richard since 1961 at CUHS and FFA and he was always very friendly and joking when you met him, we were country neighbors for many years, in the Meadows area.
Don Cruickshank
February 17, 2021
My condolences to all of you, a great neighbor. Always a smile and warm greeting
Sue Lehmann Hess
February 17, 2021
I have been fortunate to meet Henry only a few times but in these times he always gave me a warm friendly greeting. I hope as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. I will be contacting the Humane Society of Imperial County for the Family and because of my Love for Animals God Bless you All.
Margaret Kendric
February 17, 2021
I'm so sorry for the loss of such a nice man who was always a pleasure to meet on Sunday mornings in church. many blessings to your family.
Laura Lugo
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