James R. “J.R.” Henry

James R. (J.R.) Henry, 70, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at his home in Lawrence, KS.
J.R. was born October 16, 1943, in Miltonvale, KS, the son of Marshall and Pearl (Angelo) Henry. After graduating from Miltonvale High School in 1961, he enrolled at the University of Kansas and later earned his degree from the Brown Mackie School of Business. In 1967 he married Diane Nicholson, and in 1968 they moved to Fort Morgan, CO, where he served as Vice President of the Morgan Industrial Bank for a number of years. In Fort Morgan he and Diane raised their two children, Linda and Steven. J.R. served on the Board of the Fort Morgan Country Club and was a longstanding member of the Fort Morgan Elks Lodge.
In 1985 J.R. moved to Phoenix, AZ, where he worked for the Western States Tire Company. He moved to Kansas in 1995 and worked for AT&T in the Customer Service Department until retirement. J.R. was working part time for the City of Lawrence in the Public Transit System at the time of his death.
J.R. is survived by his daughter Linda Reding and her family (Tate Larson and her sons Jake and Chase Reding) of Fort Morgan; and his son Steven Henry and his family (wife Cari and their children Pierce, Rhett, and Evyn) of Austin, TX. Also surviving him are his sister Barb and her husband Gail Copple of Lawrence; his brother Art Henry of Highland Park, NY; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
J.R. was an avid fan of all things KU, especially KU Basketball. He also loved visiting his family and was blessed with the gathering of all his children, grandchildren, sister, and brother-in-law in honor of his 70th birthday, just a few weeks before his passing.
The family suggests that memorials be made in the care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, for later distribution by the family as an endowment to the University of Kansas.
Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.

5 Condolences

  1. Polly on December 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with friends and family of J.R.. May you know God’s peace as we say honor the man that J.R. is. I enjoyed working several years with J.R. in Lawrence and Topeka. He was a proud Dad and Grandpa. He will be missed. Polly Montgomery Millican

  2. R. Elaine (Parsons) Corrigan on December 16, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Dear Henry Family –
    ( My home town = Miltonvale, Kansas
    Parents – Glenn/Mina Parsons [6 children] )

    Am saddened to read (in “The Fort Morgan Times”) of your family’s loss. Jim was a little older than I, but I remember him – Miltonvale Grade School, I’d presume. (Also, I remember hearing Marshall Henry’s name various times).

    Please accept my sympathy and warmest regards. May it console you to know that others care. Most of all, may God’s Peace and Comfort be yours.

    (Mike ‘n) R. Elaine (Parsons) Corrigan
    Fort Morgan, Colorado

  3. Ross Razak on December 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I am saddened and shocked to learn of JR’s passing. I got to know JR recently as he was frequent customer at my laundromat here in Lawrence. He was always very friendly and we had many good talks about KU basketball. One of the last discussions we had was his trip to Austin how thrilled he was see his son and his family and go to the KU-Texas football game. I will miss visiting with him! Our prayers go out to his family.

    Ross Razak
    Lawrence, KS

  4. Scott on December 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    My thoughts and heart felt condolences go out to the family of JR Henry. Though I only worked with Mr. Henry for a couple of years, I came to know him as a warm hearted and personable man, and a friend to me. I was very saddened to hear of his passing. He will be missed.

    Scott Logan

  5. Jack on December 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Very nice obituary, Linda. Your dad was a great friend that I could always rely on. I will miss him.

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