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Irvin William Henze Jr. PDF Print E-mail

Irvin Wil­liam Henze Jr. of Avon Lake, Ohio, formerly of Vermillion, Ohio, and Eagle River, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Avon Lake. He was 94.

Mr. Henze was born Oct. 26, 1918, in Big Bend, the son of Irvin Henze Sr. and Esther (née Abel).

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelors degree in physical education.

Mr. Henze was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II after surviving the Pearl Harbor attack. He was called back for active duty during the Korean War and taught Military Science at Princeton University for four years.

After being discharged from active duty, he served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves until he retired as a colonel in 1969.

He worked as a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller in Hawaii and Ohio until he retired as a supervisor in 1973.

Mr. Henze was a president for the snowmobile club in Eagle River, and was a member of Good Sam Club.

His interests included fishing on Lake Superior and traveling in his recreational vehicle with his wife, Helen.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth (née Spooner); his second wife, Helen (née Sayers); his parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary (John) Mura of Gahanna; three sons, William of Lorain, Ohio, Peter (Pat) of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and John (Kerry) of Venice, Fla.; three step-children,?Sandra Edwards of Lorain, Ohio,  Timothy Lerchbacker (Leesa) of Cypress, Texas, and Janelle (Dean) Slavick of Concord Township, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at Busch Funeral Home in Avon, Ohio.

Interment will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.

Memorial contributions may be forwarded to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KA 66675.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:53 PM

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