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Linus "Lin" Henry

Azle, Texas formerly of Sabetha

09/22/1920 - 07/30/2023

Linus A. “Lin” Henry, 102, of Azle formerly of Sabetha, died on Sunday July 30, 2023, at his home.

Lin was born on September 22, 1920, to Anthony T. and Rose Vondenkamp Henry on a farm southeast of Seneca, Kansas, where he was raised with his siblings. After attending Sts. Peter and Paul grade School where he graduated from the 8th grade. He spent the next few years working as a field hand several places in Minnesota. He then worked in Baltimore for the Frye Aircraft Company as a sheet metal worker. On February 6, 1943, Lin married Eleanor A. “Gussie” Olberding at Sacred Heart Church in Baileyville. Eleanor died on March 3, 2005.  They lived on a farm north of Sabetha and a farm south of Seneca before Lin was inducted into the U.S. Army on January 30, 1945, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was assigned to the Army-Air Force as a Medical Corps. serving his country from January 30, 1945, to July 21, 1946. He was assigned 4117th AAF Base unit Squadron E at Robins Field, Georgia. They lived at Army bases until July 1946 when he was discharged as a corporal.

Lin and Gussie then went to work for work for Wilber Kiem on a farm south of Sabetha Kansas. Lin then took a job with Keithy Plumbing. In 1954 they purchased the plumbing business, and Gussie was the office manager for the 53 years they owned and operated the business. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sabetha, Life Member of the Sabetha Lions Club with 60 years perfect attendance, the Seneca Knights of Columbus Council 1769 and the Earle W. Taylor Post 21 of the American Legion in Seneca. He was a long-time member and fire chief of the Sabetha Volunteer Fire Department.

After he retired from plumbing, he and Gussie traveled the US in their travel trailer.  Mostly spending the summers in the Pacific NW and the winters in the South.  Always being in Kansas Spring and Fall. They were very proud of making it to 48 states. Always taking time to fish and play golf anytime he could.

Lin was preceded in death by; his wife Eleanor “Gussie” on March 5, 2005,  his parents, Anthony and Rose; his brothers, Bill Henry on August 2, 2023, Paul Henry on February 1, 2023, Eugene Henry on May 9, 2019; and sisters, Leta Tangeman on August 16, 2003, and Dorothy Olberding on August 29, 2018.

He is survived by his son Jerry Henry of Redmond, Washington and a daughter Janis Allen of Azle, Texas; one sister, Joan Klier of Ocala, Florida; 6 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

A rosary will be at 7 P.M. at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca on Thursday, August 10, 2023.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 11, 2023, at 10:00 A.M. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca.

The Burial in the church cemetery. Full military honors will be provided by the Seneca Memorial Post #7458 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Earl W. Taylor Post #21. A flag line was provided by the American Legion Riders Post #21.

Memorials may be left to the Sts. Peter and Paul School, sent in care of the family.


A rosary will be held at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca on Thursday, August 10, 2023.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 11, 2023, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 11, 2023, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca.

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  1. Doug Henry on August 2, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    Thank you Grandpa for all your love, stories, and for everything handy you taught me over the years. I large part of who I am is because of you. I remember when your brother Bill first laid eyes on me, he said, “You’re a Henry”. I wear that as a badge of honor to this day. I am so proud of you and so proud to be your grandson. I will miss you greatly but not in a sad sort of way, just with wishing for one more story, one more lesson. Give Grandma Gussie a kiss for me.

    P.S. Rest in Peace Bill. Please don’t get in too much trouble with Lin…a little bit is welcomed 😉

    #1 Grandson 😉 Doug Henry

    • Gordon Olson on August 11, 2023 at 11:45 am

      This is Gordon Olson. I wish to offer my condolences. When I turned the kitchen light on this morning I thought of Lin. He did all the wiring. I also thought of him when I turn the kitchen sink faucet on. He did the plumbing. He was a great gentleman around Sabetha and he will be missed.

  2. Michelle Henry Nordmeyer and family. on August 6, 2023 at 11:22 am

    Uncle Lin, you will be greatly missed! We have so many wonderful memories of you, Aunt Gussie, Jerry and Janis! I know you are rejoicing in Heaven now with Jesus and reunited with Aunt Gussie and loved ones. You left an amazing legacy full of love. Dad (Bill Henry) always looked up to you and our family is cherishing wonderful memories! Pray for us, Uncle Lin. Sending Janis, Jerry and family our love and prayers.

    • Kathleen M Nealey on August 6, 2023 at 7:59 pm

      We were so thrilled to welcome Lin to our home in Shawnee Ks when he came up a couple of years ago. My children and grandchildren and siblings and some cousins were so happy to have a chance to hear some of his stories and how things were when he was a boy.
      Your dad , grandpa, great grandpa was a good man and had a long life. It was our honor to have him here. RIP Lin. ❤️ The Nealey and Donovan families

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