Philip Henry – UPDATED

Memorial Services for 72-year old Philip Henry of Harrison, NE, are Sat, June 11, 2022 at 10:00 at Harrison Bible Church in Harrison.

A memorial has been established for Wounded Warrior Project, Sioux County Library, or Western Border Collie Rescue and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337

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Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements

Philip Donald Henry was born February 8, 1950, in Lusk, WY to Marcella From and Charles D Henry and passed away June 5, 2022, at his home in Harrison.

Philip spent the first few years of his life in Douglas and Glenrock, WY, but following the death of his father in 1954, Philip and his mother moved to Chadron, NE, so she could complete her teaching degree.

Philip lived in Chadron, Torrington, and Lusk during the school years when Marcella was teaching, but moved back to Harrison every summer. When Philip was in the 6th grade, he and his mother returned to Harrison permanently.

Philip continued his education at Harrison, graduating from Sioux County High School in 1968. He attended the University of Nebraska and then joined the US Marine Corps in 1969, serving in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged two years later with several commendations and was in the USMC Reserves until 1975.

Following his military service, Philip lived in California and worked for the United States Postal Service, his route being one that should have included combat pay! He also was co-owner of a woodworking shop called the Wood Turn On.

He returned to Harrison in1978 and was employed by the C&NW Railway Company for several years, then went to work at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. He remain at the park until retiring in 2007.

Philip married Rosemary Peterson on June 5, 2004, at his family ranch outside of Harrison. He chose not to have a wedding ring, so in lieu of the ring, she presented him with a Tommy Gun – which he had requested! Rosemary and Philip lived on the ranch until his death.

Philip loved to hunt and was an avid fisherman, creek fishing being his favorite, and he was younger he enjoyed trapping and selling furs. Philip also enjoyed shooting trap and was very good at the sport.

He had a deep love of all animals, particularly his and Rosemary’s Border Collies. He was a talented woodworker and an enthusiastic reader who often read ten books or more per week.

Philip was preceded in death by his parents, and many favorite aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is survived by his wife Rosemary and his cousins Jan Babcock, Rob Babcock, Paul Henry, and Mary Beth Henry as well as cousins Robert and Nancy York, MaryBelle York and Roger Feagler, and Jimmy and Diane York.

Philip will be missed deeply by his many life-long friends.

In visiting with his family and friends, there were many humorous stories of both childhood and adult antics, but it was decided that perhaps these should stay with family and friends!