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McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home & Cremation Services

11924 East 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Ronald Leo Henry

October 4, 1941August 21, 2020

Ronald Leo Henry, 78, peacefully passed away on August 21, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, August 31, 2020 at 1:30pm at Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church, 3934 Washington, Kansas City, MO with burial to follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The visitation will be held at the church on Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 4-7pm with the rosary recited at 6:30pm. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, masks are required and please practice social distancing. Ron was born on October 4, 1941 in Seneca, KS to Bernard and Rachel (Waller) Henry. He was the 8th of their 12 children. He graduated from St. Peter and Paul High School in 1960. After graduation, Ron served as a cook in the Army before joining the Papal Volunteers for Latin America (PAVLA) in 1961. He served as a missionary on the banks of the Amazon River, in Brazil, for 3 years, where he learned to speak Portuguese. Ron had the kind of personality that he knew no stranger, and everyone loved him! He excelled in sales work and found his niche when he went to work for Budweiser Baking Products. Ron spent the next 30+ years working in yeast and baking products sales. He became the Kansas City Branch Manager and revolutionized the sale of yeast for Budweiser. Ron loved to say that his business "is always on the rise". He enjoyed telling about selling Minsky's Pizza their very first loaf of yeast, and that he got to taste the very first pizza Minsky's ever made. Ron’s other favorite customer was Tony's Pizza in Salina, KS. Ron had a deep sense of missionary work wherever that led him. He joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in the late 60's and faithfully served in that community for the next 50+ years. For many years, he was the comptroller of the SOLT community in Kansas City. Ron was in charge of the business side, taking care of the houses, cars, people, whatever was needed to take care of the faithful community. He was very proud of his family team and developed many special, close relationships with those who belonged to his team. His greatest love was his wife and children. He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Gerriann for 46 years before she passed away in 2017. They raised their kids in SOLT and pioneered Catholic home schooling in the Kansas City area. Ron is survived by his 5 children: Mary Lucille Ahmad (Naseer), Ben Henry, Dominic Henry (Erin), Joseph Henry (Carissa) and Mary Grace Ward (Chris); 11 grandchildren: Nabil, Robert, Helen, Rose, Amira, Emilia, James, Mary, Stella, Scarlett and Olivia. He is also survived by his siblings: Dan Henry, Grace Buessing, Gladys Deters (Leroy), Mark Henry (Bev) and Ed Henry (Sally); his dear friend and brother-in-law, Leo Meyer as well as his 94 nieces and nephews that he LOVED telling people about. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 1 sister. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Village Hospice, especially Carol and Chris who have become honorary members of the family, for their wonderful care of dad as well as our family! Ron's death will leave such a void in the hearts of all who knew him. His corny jokes and zest for life was what drew so many people to him, but even more so was his love for the Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Mother. His deep faith radiated to those around him and anyone he came into contact with. In lieu of flowers, Ron requested donations to be made to the missions for Masses to be said all over the world. If you wish to make a donation, please send contributions in the care of Mary Lucille, who will use it per Ron's wishes. Memorial contributions may also be sent to Our Lady’s Montessori School, 3020 S. 7th Street, Kansas City, KS 66103 or go online to www.olmskc.org.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 30, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Sunday, August 30, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, August 31, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, August 31, 2020

Memories

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Gary Waller

August 30, 2020

I was classmate of Ron and Gerriann. Ron and I were very close in our school years and our friendship gave me many fond memories like the time he and I tried to dig out a coyote den in the farm pond dam (need I say Ben was not very happy with this). Lucky for us the dam held. We were co-captains of our senior yr football team. Ron was also godfather to our oldest son David and during a visit loved reading Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham to him. We had a good laugh on Sunday morning when my wife surprised Ron with a breakfast of green dyed eggs and ham.
Yes, Ron was a unique and wonderful man. Although we will all miss him, we can revel at the many wonderful ways he touched our lives and the memories he left with us.
Unfortunately, I am unable to physically attend his funeral; but will be there with him and his family in thoughts and prayers.

Sam Olsen

August 29, 2020

As I grew up going to mass at the SOLT convent, the community would routinely have dinners and lunches where we would all eat together. It was there I first met or should I say HEARD Ron Henry. Ron had one of the most unique laughs I have ever encountered. It was loud, bold, and full of mirth. It always carried the same timbre and cadence. Ron’s laugh was as infectious as it was intense. It’s explosive nature would blow away any stress you had and bring a smile to your face. Ron will forever be laughing in my memory. His hands linked or arms folded across his stomach; surrounded by those he was entertaining; smiling from ear to ear; a source of joy and laughter for everyone.

Fr. Scott Brossart, SOLT

August 28, 2020

I first met Ron Henry back in 1994 during my first assembly with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity and was blessed to see him at just about every assembly since then. He would light up a room with his unmistakable laughter, his jokes and his warm smile. He always saw our religious community as a family.

I was blessed to move directly across the street from Ron’s home and enjoyed our front porch visitations immensely. I certainly wish we had more but I suppose that will have to happen in Our Heavenly Father’s front porch in the future. I will deeply miss you Ron and looking forward to our next visit on the other side of the tracks.

Bev Henry

August 28, 2020

Ron was such a kind and wonderful person. We will truly miss his contagious laugh and smile. He was such a good mentor to everyone with his Belief in God and his devotion to the Blessed Mother.

My grandkids loved their Uncle Ron and his stories. Especially those stories about their Grandpa in his younger days. At all the Henry gatherings Ron led the family in singing the “Donkey Song”. We should sing it in his honor!!

We loved Ron. He saved so many souls and I’m sure there is a great welcoming for him in Heaven.

Kay Vondemkamp

August 27, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Ron. I went to school with both of your parents and recall the fun we all had in high school.

I’m sure you will all miss him very much. I miss both your parents, they loved each other very much.

God Bless you all

Leon Osterhaus

August 27, 2020

It’s with a heavy heart to hear of the passing of Ron. Ron was avid in sports along with his brothers and other family members. Geri Ann Haug Henry was the sister of my aunt Barbara (Bobbi) Haug Osterhaus, Uncle Gilbert’s wife.


When I was working in downtown KC at Western Auto, my brother, Alan, and I would enjoy lunch at a restaurant in NKC called Joanne’s. Ron would occasionally pop in and he always had a story to tell. I enjoyed crossing paths and reminiscing about days gone by, family, and Seneca, KS. RIP as you touched many.

Eric Henry

August 27, 2020

He was a great uncle. He was a nice guy. I will miss him. I feel sorry for his kids. I loved him a lot.

Marcus Taylor

August 27, 2020

Ron was my dad next door. As if he was my blood, I loved him.

Nothing could compare to the love he had for his family and his love for God. In that order.

He was no respecter of person you talked to him long enough he would joke, tell you about God and sing.

I was humbled that he had a chance to meet my son, Isaiah. He was like, "hey there young fella. Nice to meet you I have to go eat with sisters now". I love you dad and I will miss you!!

Joan Waller Samenus

August 27, 2020

Ron was my 1st cousin. We grew up in Seneca and he was a classmate of one of my brothers. We spent many evenings as children out on their farm playing kick the can and hide and seek. My prayers go out to the family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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