Ronald Ellsworth Henry


Ronald Ellsworth Henry passed away Monday (June 4, 2018) at Mapleshire. He was born Aug. 2, 1919 on his family's farm in Laurel Point that was given as a land grant in 1773. He was a descendent of Aaron Henry who fought in the Revolutionary War. He served in the US Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He was an avid gardener who thrilled neighbors with his garden on Wiles Hills. He worked for Olin Matheson Chemical Co. in Westover, Rayonier in Fernandina Beach, Florida and the Westover Cable Co in Morgantown for 20 years. In his retirement he spent many years doing research on the genealogy of the Henry family. Ronald was a member of the Westover United Methodist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his children, Cynthia Kudren and her spouse Peter, Linda VanOoyen and her spouse Pete, Betty Raeder, Rhonda Lewis and Mark Henry and his spouse, Wendy Sue as well as his grandchildren, Aaron and Brian Raeder, John Herndon-Lewis and Tonya Fluharty, Pele Kudren and Aaron and Michael Henry, three step-grandchildren, Kent VanOoyen, Julie Strecker and Carol Roby as well as eight great-grandchildren, his half-brother Cecil Snyder and many nieces and nephews.
Ronald is preceded in death by Effie Ball Henry, his wife of 56 years, his parents, Omer and Stella Henry, his brother, Roy Henry, sister, Shirley Tennant, step-father Gyle Snyder and his son-in-law Tom Raeder.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that any donations be made in his name to the Laurel Point Methodist Church, Westover United Methodist Church or Planned Parenthood, an organization he supported.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation services will be provided by Hastings Funeral Home, Omega Crematory. A celebration of his life will be held on Aug. 4 with details to follow. He will be inurned with his wife at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens with full military honors.
Published on June 16, 2018
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