SCOTTSDALE - Lee Henry, 88, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away on May 31, 2018. Lee was born July 25, 1929 in New Berlinville, PA to Isaac and Edna Henry. Lee is survived by his wife, Gretchen, son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Patty stepson, Kent, stepdaughter, Jenny and his grandchildren, Ashlee, Freddy, Sebastien and Jeremy. Lee made friends everywhere he went and all who knew him, loved him. He was always willing to volunteer his help with any organization who needed him. He will be remembered for his optimism and commitment to his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6747 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Reception immediately following the service at Westminster Village, 12000 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Westminster Village Foundation or the organ fund at Valley Presbyterian Church at the addresses above. Visit www.messingermortuary.com for more details.
Lee L. Henry Biography
Lee was born in New Berlinville, Pennsylvania on July 25, 1929 to Isaac and Edna Henry. He graduated from Boyertown High School in 1947, from Mercersburg Academy in 1948 and from Bucknell University in 1952 with a double major in Spanish and Social Sciences. He received his master’s degree in Business Education from Arizona State University in 1964. While he had prepared to teach, the Korean War interfered and Lee joined the U.S. Navy in August 1952 for a 3-year obligation. Fortunately, he was unable to find the appropriate exit and so remained with the U.S. Navy for 24 years retiring in August 1976 with the rank of Captain. During his service he put to sea on the USS Van Valkenburgh DD656, USS Hassayampa AO145, USS Paul Revere APA 248 and USS Niagara Falls AFS 3. Duty stations included Newport RI, Port Lyautey Morocco, Honolulu Hawaii, Los Angeles CA, Monterey CA, Charleston SC, Washington DC and Phoenix AZ.
Lee’s civilian occupations included 2-1/2 years as a management trainee and lending officer with Valley National Bank, 3 years as a teacher of Business with the Phoenix Union High School District and 13 years as a teacher of Spanish, Business and as Dean of Students with the Paradise Valley Unified School District retiring in 1992.
Lee’s interests include music, theater, Spanish, bridge and tennis. For 15 years he served as summer organist and pianist at the Munds Park Community Church. For 24 years he was an actor for Pinewood Players and has served in the past as president of Pinewood Players. Lee traveled frequently to Mexico where he volunteered with the Border Ministries and studied Spanish at the University International in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He also served as an interpreter for Flying Samaritans, a medical group providing services to a small fishing village in Baja California called Lopez Mateos. Volunteering at Interfaith Cooperative Ministries once a week and getting to use his Spanish skills was another great pleasure and he valued the many friends he made while there. In addition, Lee taught Spanish for the City of Scottsdale for 14 years.
While Lee volunteered countless hours for many organizations, one of the most meaningful and probably the longest experience was helping raise his granddaughter Ashlee and grandson Freddy. From the time Ashlee was 17 months Lee showed up at their home at 6:00am Monday-Friday. He stayed until Patty got home from teaching around 3:30pm. During the day he would take Ashlee to music class and story time at the library and would participate in Ashlee’s tea parties. Freddy and Lee spent many hours building LEGOS and playing tennis. After Freddy was in kindergarten Lee continued to help by driving both kids to school and staying with them after school playing board games and helping them with their piano practice.
The Church always played an important roll in Lee’s life. He served as a deacon, elder, and on the foundation board for Valley Presbyterian Church.
Lee and his wife Gretchen moved to Westminster on March 31, 2008. While living there, Lee has volunteered as pianist and Spanish teacher. He also served on the resident’s council and on the Westminster foundation board and as president. He enjoyed his Westminster Village experience very much.
Lee is survived by his wife Gretchen, his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Patty, stepson Kent Rasmussen, stepdaughter Jennifer Germanaud and grandchildren Ashlee and Freddy Henry, and Sebastien and Jeremy Germanaud. His brother Owen Henry preceded him in death.
The family would like to express their gratitude for all support and compassion shown during this difficult time.
Thank you for making today a special remembrance of Lee’s life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Westminster Village Foundation, 12000 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ. 85260 or to the organ fund at Valley Presbyterian Church Foundation, 6747 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ. 85253
*There will be a reception immediately following the service at
Westminster Village at 12000 N. 90th Street Scottsdale 85260