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James (Jim) Lloyd Henry, Sr.

06/13/1945 - 12/11/2019
Service Date: 12/19/2019
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, Arizona
Visitation Date: 12/19/2019
Visitation Time: 10:00 AM
Visitation Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, Arizona

Jim Henry, 74, was born on June 13, 1945. He passed away in his home on December 11, 2019. Jim is survived by his wife Kathy, daughters Becky (Richard) Fields, Diana Henry, Stacy (Daniel) Oertel, son James Henry, Jr, and sisters Sue Bickford, Sandy (Paul) Borsch and Tanna Jo Henry. Jim is proceeded in death by parents Lloyd & Donna Henry, sister Theresa, brother Gerry, and sister Nancy. He served in the United States Navy and Army. At the time, Jim was proficient at morse code – although he could have embellished the story, which he was known to do.

One of the many things Jim loved in life was to make people laugh. You could count on him for a joke (good, bad, or even inappropriate), recounting a story he saw on the news (good or bad) or the latest weather update (yours or his). Before retiring, Jim drove a stretch of road in every state except Alaska and Hawaii as a long-distance truck driver. But, don’t mention the “w” word to him later in life because that was a swear word! The over-the-road career was a love-hate relationship because it kept him away from his family. The open road called him back over the last few years, so he and Kathy bought an RV, which they planned to move into and travel the country. Jim’s love for seeing the world took him, alongside Kathy, across oceans by plane and by boat – the latter was his favorite. Cruising on the open waters was his happy place. Jim loved sharing stories of the ports and cities they stopped at or the elaborate dinner show they got all dressed up for and the subsequent photo they took with the ship’s captain.

Jim enjoyed cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and pointing out when he won the family football pool. He loved old John Wayne movies, Johnny Carson and singing along with Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. Safe to say that one of Jim’s favorite more recent gifts from his kids was seeing Bocelli in concert.

Jim had the gift of gab and loved talking with anyone who would listen. He enjoyed going to his favorite local watering holes and treasured the friendships he had formed with staff. Jim loved hearing his name being called out and a wave hello from whoever was about to pour his usual.

What he valued the most was his family. His parents, sisters, and brother, large extended and immediate family. Jim and Kathy would have celebrated 50 years of marriage in June of 2020. Married life is full of challenges and detours with a partner you sometimes want to exchange for a new flat-screen TV (and it was only a 28-inch)! At the end of the day, that partner has your back as Jim and Kathy did for each other. Jim loved Kathy and the life they made together. Despite the very long-running joke about not liking sweets, that’s why he married her, he looked forward to having Kathy around 24/7 when she would finally retire. Kathy might have been prolonging retirement – guess the secret is out. Their most significant accomplishments together are their children.

Jim was very proud of and loved bragging about his children Becky, Diana, Stacy, and James, Jr. Each one with their unique talents and gifts that they share with the world today because he and Kathy decided to hang out after meeting at a party on October 25, 1969. Seven grandchildren and a great-grandson filled his heart, and he showed it by teasing them endlessly – after all, he said it was his job to do so!

Jim’s journey was filled with adventures, memories with those he loved, and laughs with friends and strangers. Jim, Dad, Grandpa, brother, uncle, friend … you will be missed by many. May your infectious laugh and smile fill the heavens and be heard by those who love you here on earth until we meet again. 

Funeral services are Thursday, December 19, 2019, at 11am, preceded by a visitation at 10am at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, Arizona, 85213. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to JDRF and the Lupus Foundation of America.

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  • Mike Bookbag Brookholt

    Keeping the entire Henry family close in thought. Our heart aches for you all. Sending love and support from Ohio! ❤️

  • Paul and Becky Bahr

    Our heart felt condolences to Diana and family. Cherish the memories.

  • The Dickinson Family

    Diana, we are so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. We have found memories of you speaking so proudly of him. You know have a very special angel watching over you.

  • Suzanne bickford

    I miss you so much. No weather reports cruise information and plans and every phone call afew times a week. To give me crap. Big brother you know. He lived it so much. But now he’s with mom dad Gerry Theresa Darryl Nancy and Brett give them hell Jim. And a big hug for me. You are truly missed by all love you bro

  • Sending you strength, Diana, to get through these sad days. The story of his full life makes us smile. Try to let your memories of him make you smile too! And remember “Maybe they are not stars after all but rather tiny holes in the sky that allow our loved ones to shine down upon us to let us know that they are happy” XO

  • Jamie Henry (Costilla

    You will forever be missed uncle Jim.
    I love you.. Now you and dad can joke and talk about everyone still here. Rest in peace..

  • My condolences and prayers go out to you and your family Kathy! You are truly loved!

  • The Hagen Family

    Diana – so beautifully written. Our condolences to you and your family. What a great life your Dad lived.

  • Kathy, so sorry I missed the service. My prayers are with you and your family.

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