Westlake- Donald E. Henry, 80, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2011 at St. John Medical Center in Westlake, OH.
He was born in Youngstown, OH on August 5, 1930 to his parents Thomas J. and Florence (nee: Albu) Henry.
Don graduated from Sandusky High School, Class of 1948. On June 22, 1949, he enlisted in the United States Navy and finished boot camp in September 1949. Don served his country for three years and nine months during the Korean War, spending fourteen months aboard the U.S.S. Oriskany Air Craft Carrier and was honorably discharged in March 1953. Don served two years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, 1961 and 1962. He attended Ohio State University and graduated from Case Western Reserve in July 1972. Don retired as a private police officer for Terminal Tower and the Leader Building in Cleveland, OH. Don enjoyed police combat matches, target shooting and swimming where he was an instructor at Fairview High School and the Westshore YMCA, Westlake, OH. Don was an American Red Cross volunteer for twenty-five years and an A-Team tutor for Westlake, OH city schools.
He was a Member of the American Legion Post 211, Avon Lake, OH; VFW Post 9693, Bay Village, OH; Life member of FGBMFI, Cleveland Chapter; and a lifetime charter member of the WWII Memorial.
He is survived by his sons, Michael Mick of Cripple Creek, CO, Donald (Tammy) of Bay View, OH, David (Susan)of Sandusky, OH, Christopher (Marcy)of Sandusky, OH, and Patrick Henry of Sandusky, OH ; daughters, Cynthia (Michael) London of Sandusky, OH and Maria Henry of Sandusky, OH; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas Henry of Sandusky, OH; aunt, Ruth Jean Henry of Sandusky, OH and Louise Zimmerman of Alvin,TX; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents who both served in World War II; and his wife, Rose M. (nee: Medaglia) Henry.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961 on Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 3-7 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM , Friday, April 8, 2011 at the funeral home. Christian burial services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, April 11, 2011 at Calvary Cemetery (MEET AT CEMETERY), Lorain, OH, where military honors will be conducted by VFW. Memorial donations may be made to the VFW Post #9693, 26731 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, OH 44140. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.Posted By: RSG Funeral Home @ 2:29:01 AM