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Permanent Deacon Jake Henry dies

Deacon Lawrence B. (Jake) Henry Jr. died Oct. 31 in Gainesville after a long struggle with dementia. He was 76.


He was born March 24, 1941, in Altoona, Pa., to Lawrence and Frances Henry. He graduated from Altoona Catholic High School and joined the U.S. Air Force. He married Marilyn Montgomery Oct. 22, 1960.

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Deacon Lawrence  B. (Jake) Henry Jr. died Oct. 31. He was 76.

Deacon Henry earned a bachelor of science in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1967; an MBA in management from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico, 1972; and a master’s in religious studies from Notre Dame Pontifical Catechetical Institute in Arlington, 1986.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn. He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Gossman (Bill) and Denise Morrisey (Patrick); and his sons, Lawrence (Madhu) and Kevin Henry (Ethel); 10 grandchildren; and nine siblings: Sis, Mary, Debbie, Carol, Libby, Fran, Sue, Bernard and John.

Deacon Henry was ordained to the diaconate May 24, 1986, by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating. He served at Good Shepherd Church in Alexandria, 1986-2000; following a transfer with the U.S. Air Force, he served the Diocese of Colorado Springs, 2001-04; and Holy Trinity Church in Gainesville, 2005-11.

During his military career, Deacon Henry served as an airman, noncommissioned officer, and an officer in flying and space operations, logistics and acquisition assignments. He served as the director of program analysis and administration with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Logistics in Washington. After his retirement from the Air Force, he continued to serve as a civil servant with numerous senior positions at the Pentagon, Air Force major air commands, and unified and binational commands. He earned several military awards and honors, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Federal Employee Point of Light, 1991; Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 1992; Federal Executive of the Year, 1998; and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2005.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Nov. 3 at St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax. He was interred at Fairfax Memorial Park. 

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