|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1916|
|Death: ||Jul. 6, 1999|
Henry D Didier, was born October 20, 1916, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, in a local hospital. He grew up a small house located on Arkansas 71 South, which later became know as Didier's Stretch. He was a first-generation American of French parentage, from whom he got his moral standards and work ethic. He was married to the former Bessie Reed and had one daughter, Gayle Ann Van Kleeck, four grandchildren, Michael McLane, Robert McLane, William McLane and Melissa Stade. He also leaves eight great-grandchildren.
Henry did many things in his life's span; fighting for his country in World War II, coal mining, running a coal-cutting machine at Great Western Coal Company and helping to straighten out the Arkansas River with dikes. He was a lumberman, a partner in the Didier Wholesale Lumber Company and a helpful friend to many people.
Henry was a Christain. He was a great outdoorsman and felt God's gift of nature and its creations were plentiful and beautiful. He spent most of his adult life in the great national forests as a co-owner and manager of the logging crews for Didier's Wholesale Lumber Company.
Henry was a perfectionist in all of his work, no matter how large or how small the job. He also built beautiful toy boxes for his grandchildren and bird houses of all kinds.
Henry (Grandpa) was fun to his grandchildren. He played and joked with them all their lives from tomato fights in the garden to homemade sleds on which Grandpa ended up with his head in the snowbank with only his legs sticking out.
Henry loved growing beautiful fruits and vegetables. Henry not only played jokes wiht the grandchildren but with adults also. He once took his city-bred new son-in-law out to plant potatoes. He told him "now each potato must be planted by hand." George, who knew nothing about farm work, carefully put each piece of potato in the ground having to ben over with each one, planting them for hours. By the time George finished, he felt like his back was broken. He was very proud of himself and thought he did a fine job for his new father-in-law. The next year at potato planting time, he saw Henry planting the potatoes with a tractor and a big smile on his face. "No hand work?" George thought to himself. George knew he had been "had." We all had a good laugh.
Henry loved life. He once said "I have loved my life and if I could do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing!"
He will always be in our thoughts and hearts.
Funeral will be 10:30 am Friday in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel of Fort Smith with burial at Steep Hill Cemetery in Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be George Van Kleeck, Robert Stade, Donnie and Randy Didier, John Vozel, Ronnie Walters and Jim and Lowell Weatherbee.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Luke Lutheran Church.
Peter John Didier (1881 - 1965)
Florentine Josephine DuBois Didier (1888 - 1981)
Bessie Mae Reed Didier (1920 - 2013)*
Pete Caldwell Didier (1913 - 2000)*
Raymond Gus Didier (1915 - 2000)*
Henry Desire Didier (1916 - 1999)
Florentine Mary Didier Vozel (1919 - 2011)*
Emma Louise Didier Ulmer (1919 - 2008)*
Denver Dover Didier (1921 - 2000)*
Steep Hill Cemetery
Plot: Old Northwest, Row 204
Maintained by: Carol Davis-Ulmer
Originally Created by: Carlene R.
Record added: Oct 06, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30378596