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.
Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Feb. 17, 2021.