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HENRY STEVENS Hillcrest Memorial Center Henry Stevens passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Desert Wind Gardens, Kennewick, WA. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany on July 21, 1921. He came to the United States in October of 1940. Henry lived in Seattle Washington until 1943. At that time he enlisted in the US Army and served until his dis charge in 1946. He worked in theatres management in Seattle and was called back into active duty for the Korean War. He served one more year and after being discharged moved to Chicago, Illinois. He worked in theatres in Seattle, Washington, East Chicago, Indiana and Richland, Washington. Henry joined the Kiwanis Club of East Chicago, Indiana in 1953. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Roseland, Illinois, South Holland, Illinois and Richland Washington. Henry served as board member of the Roseland Chamber of Commerce, the Salvation Army and as chairman for the YMCA in Richland. He was also appointed as a member of the Washington State Insurance Commissioner Advisory Board. He joined the New York Life Insurance Company in 1968 and was an agent until the time of his death at the age 94. Henry was chairman of the District Conventions for the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis, District Chairman of Major Emphasis for the Pacific Northwest District, Chairman for the Benton and Franklin Counties Bi-Centennial Commission and Chairman for the Kiwanis campaign to raise funds for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. He served as secretary and president of the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis District Foundation. Chairman for the Giant Kiwanis Car Raffle for Tri-Cities Domestic Violence Services and for many years co-chairman of the annual Salmon Bake for the Safe Kids Coalition of the Tri-Cities. He was a member of the Tri-Cities Life Underwriters Association, the Washington State Association of Life Underwriters, Tri-Cities Estate Planning Council and the Million Dollar Round Table. Henry initiated Vocational Guidance Programs for the local high schools in Roseland, Illinois in 1955, and again in the Richland and Hanford high schools during the 1960's. He started a stamp collectors club at the Pasco Boys and Girls Club instructing young children in the hobby. In 1990 the Goodwill Games were held in the Tri-Cities and Henry acted as interpreter for the German team. During his Presidency his Kiwanis Club won the District Achievement Award in 1963. He was awarded the Golden Service Award in 1965. Since 1989, Henry has been listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America. He was recognized as the Kiwanian of the Year 1992-93. He received the Hixon Award in 1996, the Jack Delf award in 2005, and the Legion of Honor Award in 2010. In 1963 Henry met and married Rosemary (O'Neil) in Chicago, Illinois. She was an inspiration to his New York Life and Kiwanis work. They were married for forty-eight years until her passing in 2010. Henry served his community well since he arrived in Richland in 1965. Henry is preceded in death by his wife Rosemary. He is survived by three sons, Michael Stevens of Kennewick, WA; Patrick (Heather) Stevens of Phoenix, Arizona; Jack (Martha) Fay of Eau Claire, WI; one daughter Sondra (Dr. Allen) Weisser of Kingston, WA; brother Walter Oppenheimer, Seattle, WA; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, By-pass Highway, Richland, WA on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at ll:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Richland Kiwanas Foundation, P.O. Box 1622, Richland, WA 99352. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.AskHillcrest.com.
Published in Tri-City Herald on July 6, 2016
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