Joseph F. Henry, 91, of Versailles, passed away at 10:17 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
Joseph was born on June 15, 1922, in Darke County, to the late Harry and Mary (Didier) Henry.
Joseph is survived by his children, Deborah and Terry Ferguson of St. Marys, Diane and Leo Dunlap of Greenville, Joe and Sharon Henry of Versailles, Jeff and Robin Henry of Versailles, Brad and Penny Henry of Yorkshire, Bruce and Brenda Henry of Versailles and Brian Henry of Versailles; grandchildren Danielle (Bill) Richardson, Denise (Bill) Rush, Deanna (Matt) Hoffman, Lori (Rob) Godown, John Dunlap, Abby (Joe) Stanger, Charlie (Beth) Henry, Anton Henry, Kristi (Jason) Gibson, Craig (Leann) Henry, Todd (Lindsey) Henry, Melissa Martino, Jeremy Henry, Justin Henry, Mindy Henry, Ashley Henry, Jordan Henry, Nathan Henry and Tyler Henry; great-grandchildren Megan Richardson, Christopher Richardson, Alexis Rush, Billy Rush, Matthew Rush, Miles Hoffman, Logan Hoffman, Jared Godown, Jenna Godown, Jasen Godown, Maranda Dunlap, Brianna Dunlap, Alivia Dunlap, Cynthia Dunlap, Zoe Stanger, Sophia Stanger, Cale Henry, Samuel Henry, Keegan Gibson, Conner Gibson, Owen Gibson, Ashlyn Gibson, Lydia Henry and Kyleigh Paul; brothers, twin Alfred Henry of Versailles and Paul Henry of Versailles; sister, Bertha Bryan of Piqua; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Joseph is also preceded in death by his wife, Dolores (Dapore) Henry on Oct. 14, 2005, whom he married on June 13, 1946; brothers Louis, John and James Henry; and sisters Elizabeth Couchot, Magdalene Kley, Josephine Saintignon, Florence Bashore and Dorothy Zimmerman.
Joseph served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Joseph was a retired dairy farmer. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, life member of the Versailles Knights of Columbus, member of the Disabled Veterans, member of Versailles Vets Club, former member of the Versailles School Board and former 4-H adviser.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, the Rev. David Vincent and the Rev. Carl Subler, officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles with military graveside services conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday morning at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles.
A prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m. today at the funeral home conducted by the Versailles Knights of Columbus.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard.
Condolences for the family may be expressed through ZecharBailey.com.