Robert Ford Henry
September 30, 1947 – October 25, 2020
Robert (Bob) Ford Henry passed peacefully with family by his side on snowy Sunday, October 25th, 2020 in his 73rd year.
Bob was born in Boston, MA in 1947 to Herman and Jane Henry. The only boy in the midst of 4 amazing sisters. They lived in Michigan before settling in Miami, FL where Bob attended the University of Miami and Miami Dade Jr College. Bob was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
After being drafted by the US Army in 1969, Bob served in the Vietnam War and was stationed at various military bases. His favorite place was Germany. Throughout his service, Bob enjoyed experiences such as skiing the Alps, flying over the pyramids, sightseeing and the overall culture of Europe. Bob has been awarded numerous military honors, including the Purple Heart and Bronze star medals during his tour in Vietnam while piloting his chinook that was shot down. Due to Bobs “astute leadership” he was a top three finalist for earning the honor of Army Europe’s Aviator of the Year. Other notable medals Bob earned; Army Service ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with ‘60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Overseas Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 10th Award, Master Army Aviator Badge and two Meritorious Service Medals. Bob retired Honorably after twenty years of service as a Chief Warrant Officer Four.
After retirement from the Army, Bob settled in Colorado Springs where he worked and again retired, as a Commercial Field Appraiser.
Family was the pivotal essence of Bobs life. Bob made it a point to never miss a family reunion, holiday or his Grandgirls Celebrations and activities. Loving father to Robert Ford Henry Jr. (Lesley) and Joseph Ralph Henry (Jackie). Bob was the proud Grandfather to Hannah, Paige and Julianne Henry. Dear Brother to Susan Osborne (Doug), Martha Halcrow (Bob), Phyllis Conlin (John) and Lucille Worthmann (Tom). Fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and many good friends.
Bob loved football and baseball, most notably, the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies. Bob had a knack for being able to tell you any random fact, player or stat from sports history. When asked what makes him smile, Bob said “beach vacations with the family”. He was also an avid train modeler, one of his favorite hobbies. Bob was a proud member of Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Veteran of Foreign War and the Warrant Officers Association.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, Bob wished for donations to be made to the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.
Celebration of Life
Friday, November 6, 2020
Robert Ford Henry
November 6, 2020
I remember Bob fondly. He was the great “Unsung Warrior” of our Palmetto Panther football team in 1967. He was always kind and had a smile for everyone . Sending loving prayers to all of your family . God bless you . Pat McLaughlin Honeywill
November 5, 2020
November 5, 2020
Bob always included me in his life, even when it should have been awkward. I was always welcomed by him and his family. He really loved my son, Ryland (13 months), sending him cards and even asking to see him while in hospice. Bob was an amazing grandpa to my nieces, and he was always present. I wish I had more time with him and more time for Ryland know him while growing up. Bob will be very missed.
November 5, 2020
Tom and I were so very fortunate to be able to onsite visit with big brother Bob in September. Had a lovely talk. He brought up his granddaughters many times as to brag about them, their lives and current accomplishments. Will miss my big brother so much, a part of me went to heaven with him. Mom, Jane Rose, and I will be watching the memory celebration on Friday. She took the news hard, deep breathing and shock. Then wanted to make sure there would be enough food for everyone gathering! Bye Bob, see you later. Lil' sister Lucy.
Gene Gene stout
October 31, 2020
Bob was always there for his family especially his sons and grand girls. What a guy!
October 28, 2020
The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for CWO4 Henry's distinguished service to our country in the Army. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO