Irvin William Henze Jr.
Oct. 26, 1918 – Aug. 2, 2013
William Henze Jr., 94, of Avon Lake, formerly of Vermillion and Eagle
River, passed away in Avon Lake Friday, August 2, 2013, after a two-month
Mr. Henze was born on October 26, 1918, in Big Bend. He graduated from the
University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s in physical education.
Mr. Henze proudly served our country as a fighter pilot in the Army Air
Corps during WWII 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, Mr. Henze served in the Air Force Reserves until he retired as a
colonel in 1969.
After WWII Mr. Henze worked as an FAA Air Traffic Controller in Hawaii,
Cleveland and Oberlin until he retired as a supervisor in 1973. He was a
president of the Snowmobile Club in Eagle River and was a member of Good
Sam Club. Irvin liked to fish on Lake Superior and travel in his RV with
his wife, Helen.
Irvin is survived by his children, Mary E. Mura (John) of Gahanna, William
G. Henze of Lorain, Peter S. Henze (Pat) of Cuyahoga Falls, and John I.
Henze (Kerry) of Venice, Fla.; stepchildren, Sandra A. Edwards of Lorain,
Timothy J. Lerchbacker (Leesa) of Cypress, Texas, and Janelle I. Slavick
(Dean) of Concord Township; ten grandchildren; and ten
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth
(nee Spooner); second wife, Helen (nee Sayers); parents, Irvin W. Henze
Sr. and Esther (nee Abel); two brothers and two sisters.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, at the Busch Funeral
Home, 32000 Detroit Road, Avon, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Resthaven
Memory Gardens, Avon. Memorial contributions may be forwarded to Wounded
Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. For more
information, call 440-937-6175, or to send an online condolence visit www.buschcares.com.