Wade Cheslin Henry of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of the Miami area, died Sunday, July 22, 2007 at his home following a long battle with leukemia. He was 75.
Mr. Henry was born May 26, 1932, in Wapanucka, Oklahoma to Robert and Irene Henry. In 1950, he graduated from Ardmore High School in Ardmore.
He attended Oklahoma Baptist University on a track scholarship and graduated in 1954. After serving two years in the Army, he attended Washington University in St. Louis, earning a master's degree in hospital administration.
After serving an internship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, he was hospital administrator in hospitals in Indiana, Arizona, Louisiana, and Kentucky. He serviced in the Public Health Service from 1976 until retiring in 1998 as executive officer of the Navajo Area Indian Health Service and as director of contract health services for the Alaska area.
Mr. Henry and his wife, Marilyn, were owners and operators of Gallup Emergency Medical Services in Gallup, New Mexico. They coordinated volunteers in Alaska for Alaska Baptist Convention for five years. He has been on the board of directors for Genesis Recovery Services, Inc. for 18 years and had been a member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Anchorage.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Cole Henry; daughter, Cynthia Lyn Wilson and her husband Mart and their children, Michal, Andrew, and Daniel, all of Anchorage; son Daniel Cole Henry and his wife, DaLeah and their daughter, Fernell of Albuquerque; son, Major Stuart Wade Henry and his wife, Linda and their children, Joshua and Joseph, both serving in Iraq, and Jonathon, Hannah, Sarah, Rachel, and Caleb of Fort Benning, Georgia; and two brothers, Dr. Robert R. Henry of Dallas, Texas, and Benn Henry of Bellevue, Washington.
A funeral service was held at noon today at the First Baptist Church in Anchorage.
There will be a second service held Sunday at First Baptist Church in Fairland with the Rev. Andy Krebs officiating. Burial will follow in Fairland Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home in Miami.
The family suggests memorials to the Heifer Project at www.heifer.org or the American Bible Society at www.bibles.com.