Robert Mathers Henry
1921 ~ 2014

Robert (Bob) Mathers Henry, 93, passed away in Highland, Utah, on October 7, 2014.

Robert was born January 10, 1921, in Los Angeles, California to Harvey A. and Edith C. Henry. He was the student body president and played football at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, where he met the love of his life, Mildred A. Coyle. Bob and Mildred were married on November 28, 1941, three weeks before the start of World War II. He served in the U.S. Navy, and, upon his return, he attended the University of Southern California.

Bob and Mildred both had a love for children. They started off at the Optimist Home for Boys in LA then moved to Covina, CA where he was superintendent of the Masonic Home for Children overseeing the daily life of 150 children. He touched the lives of so many children, who to this day express their gratitude for his influence in their lives. It is here they also raised their own family of five children and made many lasting friends. Always an adventurer, Bob moved the family to Hawaii and seeded a special love for the islands with all his family. He then worked in the healthcare field as Director of Operations for Beverly Enterprises and moved to San Marino, CA. He went on to own and operate nursing homes in California and Utah. For the last 30 years, they lived in La Jolla and Coronado, CA where he fostered his love for beautiful homes as a real estate developer. At age 92 he and Mildred moved to Highland, Utah to be closer to their daughter.

Bob always had a "love affair" with boats. His idea of a perfect day was "walking the docks" and looking at boats. You can’t look at boats year in and year out without dreaming of places you would go and the boat you would go there in. In 1978 they bought the Desert Star and headed out for ‘A Year at Sea’. From San Diego to the Princess Louisa Inlet of British Columbia aboard a 42’ Grand Banks trawler. Each day had unexpected adventure and unimagined beauty - a dream come true for both of them.

An anchor in his life was his baptism in 1977 into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after many years of searching, and pondering. In 1978 Bob and Mildred were sealed with their children in the Los Angeles Temple for time and all eternity. Later, they served as missionaries in the Seattle Northwest Mission for the LDS church.

In 1987, he and Mildred bought a summer cottage in Maine on Snow Pond, where they lived half the year for 13 years. As grandparents, they had ‘cousins camp’ here and created special memories in the lives of all the grandkids. Grandpa was the ‘all time - all time champ’.

Bob’s love and devotion to his sweetheart Mildred for 73 years was seen and felt by all who knew them. Mildred was a constant loving caregiver by his side during his declining years. He is survived by his wife

Mildred, and five children: Thomas M. Henry, Charles (Kay) Henry, Terry (Stella) Henry, Christopher (Delonnie) Henry, and Roberta (Bill) Lawler, 18 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harvey, and his sister, Betsy.

A viewing will be held on Friday, October 10 at 10:00 am with funeral services at 11:00 am, at the Templeview LDS Chapel, 676 Eagleview Drive, Alpine, Utah. Graveside services will follow at the Highland City Cemetery. His family is grateful for all the people at Ashford Memory Care Facility in Highland, Utah, who cared so lovingly for Robert in his final months.

 

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