George Lucas Henry, 94, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away in his sleep Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Charlotte Harbor Heath Care of Port Charlotte.
He was born Dec. 18, 1917, in Hiteman, Iowa, to George Washington Henry and Eliza Jane Lucas.
George was married 71 years to his wife Antonina, who recently passed away. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran who served as a medic in the Philippines and New Guinea. After the war, George and Antonina settled down in St. Clair Shores, Mich. where they raised three children, Jack R. Henry, currently of Lake Forest, Ill., George K. Henry, Ph.D. of Malibu, Calif., and daughter, Reda L. Marsh, who resides in Estero, Fla. He enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, traveling, barbecuing and gardening. George also coached Little League baseball. He worked 42 years for Uniroyal in Detroit, Mich., before retiring in 1981. George and his wife relocated to Port Charlotte in 1986. He discovered painting, photography and rose-growing during his retirement years. George was a member of San Antonio Catholic Church, and was active in community service, as he served as a volunteer for many years at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, and participated in line dancing and various social activities at the Moose Lodge and Cultural Center of Charlotte County, Fla.
George is survived by his three children; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, who knew him as “Dad,” “Grandpa,” “Papa” and “Pappy.”
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at San Antonio Catholic Church in Port Charlotte. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte, with military honors by American Legion Post 103 of Punta Gorda, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte Chapel.