Lee Orlin Henry

June 22, 1929December 22, 2018

Lee Orlin Henry, 89, passed away on Dec. 22, 2018 in Traverse City. Lee was born in Muskegon Township to Fern and Odal Henry on June 22, 1929. He attended school in Muskegon and graduated in 1946. He played football for the Muskegon Reds. Lee worked for shipping across Lake Michigan on various vessels and also worked on the rail-roads throughout southern Michigan. Lee entered the service in 1950 and was attached to the 67th Battalion of the Second Division (Hell on Wheels) patrolling the borders of Germany. He served as a Corporal and drove a half truck as an operator, mechanic and communication specialist. He was discharged in 1952. He studied to be an electrician and soon went to work at the State Hospital in 1953, studied and wrote license for a licensed practical nurse for four years and then returned to the maintenance department, from which he retired in the 1980s. In retirement Lee and his wife of 53 years, Eleanor, served the community by volunteering for the ambulance department. They also enjoyed camping for 25 years in Lakeland, Florida, watching the Detroit Tigers spring training and reading. Spending time with their grandchildren was a favorite pastime. Lee also enjoyed trips to the Village Eatery, where he enjoyed meals with family and friends. When not working he enjoyed tinkering in the barn and yard work. Lee is survived by his wife, Eleanor; one sister; two brothers; three stepchildren; four grandsons; five nieces; five nephews; and five great-grandchildren. Lee was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; and two brothers. A memorial gathering will take place on Saturday, Dec. 29, from noon to 2 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., at the Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley. Memorial contributions in honor of Lee may be made to the Rock of Kingsley Youth Center. Arrangements are entrusted to Covell Funeral Home Kingsley.


  • The Rock of Kingsley Youth Center


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 29, 2018

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Ellen Beerman

December 26, 2018

I have a lifetime of memories with Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Bud. From times on the farm to present day Uncle Bud was a huge part of my life and childhood. I remember getting lost in the corn field as a young child and Uncle Bud sent Popeye to come and find me. He did of course and led me ever so gently back to the house. I also remember riding the cow and when I was done Uncle Bud would have her give me a HUGE lick on the side of the face. After the move to Kingsley, I remember fishing for trout in the pond and Uncle Bud showing me his tractor that he was working on. Mostly he loved to tell stories of times we were too young to remember. He will definitely be missed. Rest in Peace Uncle Bud. Know how much you were loved! - Kiddo

Heather Pietropaula (Ely)

December 25, 2018

Aunt Eleanor and family - so sorry for the loss of Uncle Lee. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My favorite memories were coming to visit with Grandpa and Grandma and Uncle Lee taking me down to his pond! Always loved visiting you both!