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William R Henry
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Colonel William Reice Henry, USA (Ret.), passed peacefully August 1, 2017 at his home in Vienna, Virginia at the age of 96. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 22, 1920, he learned tenacity and determination as a young paperboy at the North Philadelphia train station. A graduate of Northeast High School, he followed his father and uncle into railroad work as a rate clerk, and entered the United States Army in November of 1942. After a short stint in the Coastal Artillery, he brought his railroad experience, work ethic, and enthusiasm to the Army’s Transportation Corps, where he remained his entire career. Serving in the European Theatre, he assisted in the transport of troops and materiel for D-Day, and arrived in France on June 8th, 1944.

Bill married his childhood sweetheart Eleanor May Jann on June 12, 1943, and they had two children, William Reice Henry, Jr., and Joanne Elaine Henry Meroney. After Eleanor’s death in 1960, Bill married Doris Ann Poston on June 16, 1962. Bill and Doris had a son, Bruce Scott Henry, who passed away in 1965.

After the war’s end, Bill continued his military career, with posts at the Presidio, the Sacramento Signal Depot, Fort Eustis, the Pentagon, Washington DC, Vietnam, and Heidelberg, Germany. He helped develop containerized shipping in response to issues with pilferage of military cargoes, worked with the Minuteman missile program, and applied his dedication, attention to detail, and skilled tactfulness to managing the shipment of household goods for the Military District of Washington. His professionalism, character, and action earned him several commendations and decorations for his service.

He was a loving husband and father, with a strong Christian faith that carried him through personal losses. He loved to tell stories of his many encounters and adventures, from his childhood in Philadelphia to his wartime and other service duties. He enjoyed traveling worldwide, meeting new friends, and the company of his family and friends. He was a Mason, a Shriner, and a Sojourner.

Bill was predeceased by his wife Eleanor May Jann, his wife Doris Ann Poston, and his son Bruce Scott Henry, and is mourned by his son William Reice Henry, Jr. (Irene), and his daughter and devoted caregiver Joanne Elaine Henry Meroney.

A viewing will be held at Money and King Funeral Home on Saturday, August 5, from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Internment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.
Vienna, VA 22180

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Arlington National Cemetery

1 Memorial Drive
Arlington, VA 22201


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