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William Mellinger "Bill" Henry
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Birth: Apr. 20, 1918
Westerville
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 3, 1997
Upper Arlington
Franklin County
Ohio, USA

Born and raised in Westerville, Ohio. Attended Westerville High School where he excelled in football, baseball, track and basketball. Was valedictorian and president of his junior and senior classes. Graduated from Otterbein College with teaching and chemistry degrees where he enjoyed the same popularity and success. His mother Etta was born in Ireland. In his time, being of one of the few Catholic families in that area and school he dealt with prejudices subsequent generations did not experience -- in a basketball game where he was the star player fans of the opposing team threw dead fish on the court when he neared the goal. He ran into it also when trying to find a job. In that day "what is your religion?" was allowed to be asked when applying for jobs.

He worked for Battelle Memorial Institute for over 40 years as a division head and later project manager, his health requiring him to retire early. A highlight of his work with Battelle was his trip to Korea for consulting purposes. Much of his work was classified, working on projects with the CIA and Naval Intelligence. He could never discuss his work as others could. He also worked on projects with the EPA in later years.

He enjoyed working with his hands, remodeling the home, doing his own repairs and creating wonderful living spaces. An avid golfer, he created and managed the Battelle Golf Tournament.

In early years he enjoyed fishing and camping. As a result of Parkinson's Disease he lost the balance and arm strength needed to fully enjoy his many hobbies and interests. He loved reading, movies and music, the garden, yard and birdwatching, carpentry, remodeling, working with his hands. He and his first cousin Mel Calihan did a lot of genealogical work together on the Henry and Mellinger lines. It is from their notes and charts and letters that I have been able to consolidate and continue the research.

"But when ye come, and all the flow'rs are dying
If I am dead, as dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say
an Ave there for me.
And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me
And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be
For you will bend and tell me that you love me
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me."

Last verse of "Danny Boy" by Frederic Weatherly 1910




 
 
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 Parents:
  Lawrence Calvin Henry (1881 - 1940)
  Rosetta "Etta" McNally Henry (1877 - 1951)
 
 Spouse:
  Betty Marilyn Henry (1923 - 1992)
 
 Children:
  Michael Alan Henry (1950 - 2013)*
 
 Siblings:
  Donald James Henry (1910 - 2005)*
  Mary Emaline Henry (1912 - 1998)*
  Lawrence Joseph Henry (1915 - 2004)*
  William Mellinger Henry (1918 - 1997)
  John Edward Henry (1921 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
WEEP IF YOU MUST PARTING IS HELL
 
Note: See spouse Betty Marilyn Henry - BUT LIFE GOES ON SO SING AS WELL
 
Burial:
Deer Creek Township Cemetery
Lafayette
Madison County
Ohio, USA
 
Maintained by: Robin Henry
Originally Created by: www.ourfinelines.org
Record added: Jul 14, 2007
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