Growing up with my brother was wonderful. When I would pretend to be sick so
that I could stay home from school, he would always play fight with me and we
would play games together. He could never tell me no. He would cook me egg
sandwiches in the morning and let me wear his clothes. Iím such a girly girl a
lot of you might not be able to imagine me in boys clothing, but I used to
always wear my brotherís shirts. He never seemed to mind. I would simply go
through his drawers, pick out the shirt I was wearing that day and when he would
see me later he would just look at me and shake his head with a slight smile.
My brother was sweet like that. He never seemed to mind anything. Henry wasnít
like that with just me; he was like that with everyone. While he was an amazing
brother to me, he was an amazing father to his four beautiful children. When
they wanted to play with his tools, he would oblige and then simply shake his
head with that same smile as the baby would bang a wrench on the garage floor.
He never seemed to mind when the kids got rowdy or liked to play with everything
he owned. Henry was patient like that.
Henry was many things in addition to being sweet and patient. He was a
magnificent husband to his dear wife, Violet. He was a dear uncle to my
children, and to his other nieces and nephews.
Henry was a hard worker, sometimes working seven days a week while going to
school. After he graduated from college, his thirst for knowledge never seemed
to be fulfilled as he continued to read books on educational topics. He loved to
read since he was a child.
Henry and his sweet quiet nature will be missed. Henry was too sweet to go so
soon, but it was his time to go. He was a religious man, and believed that God
had a plan for everyone from the time that they were born.
He also believed that when a person passed away, it was simply a part of
Godís plan. I take comfort in knowing that he is heaven now with our Lord and
Savior, and that it was simply a part of Godís plan for Henry, and I hope that
you do as well. Thank you.