Richard James Henry (Dick) of Stone Ridge, NY passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday August 11, 2022. He was 74 years old.
Dick was born on February 23, 1948 in Ellenville, NY. He was the son of the late James and Lorraine (née Boice) Henry of Spring Hill, FL.
After spending his childhood exploring the outdoors in Cragsmoor, NY, Dick graduated from Ellenville High School in 1966 and went to the University of Wyoming to study wildlife management. After graduating in 1970, he joined the Navy and attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. Dick served as a navigation officer on the USS Glover until 1975, then joined the Navy Reserves to continue his service. After a decorated career in the reserves, he retired at the rank of captain in 1999.
Upon his return from active duty, Dick began working at NYSDEC in New Paltz, NY. Dick spent 42 years at DEC, where his roles included those of wildlife technician and big game biologist. He retired in 2008 as Regional Wildlife Manager for the Stamford/Schenectady office. Colleagues remember Dick for his contributions to managing the New York black bear population and his expertise on white-tailed deer.
Dick’s great love for the outdoors has always been evident, both at work and at home. His family fondly remembers the various animals Dick brought home as a wildlife rehabilitator, from baby beavers and ducks that swam in the tub, to black bear cubs and owls that lived in the basement. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who spent several years of his retirement successfully training his beloved Chocolate Lab Beau as a hunting dog. Dick also spent vacations hiking and biking in Acadia National Park with his friends and family.
Dick served many years as commissioner of the Kripplebush-Lyonsville Volunteer Fire Department, of which he was a longtime member. He was a founding member of the Hudson Valley branch of the QDMA and an active member of the Ulster County Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs, Vly and Marbletown Sportsmen’s Clubs and Ulster County Trappers.
As a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kingston, New York, Dick would often lend a hand at any religious event that needed help.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary (née Hannon) Henry; his daughter Sarah Miller and her husband Jonathan from Cary, North Carolina; and daughter Kathryn Pratt and husband Dane of Sterling, VA.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, August 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. at George J. Moylan Inc. Funeral Home, 2053 Route 32, Rosendale. His funeral will be on Saturday, August 20 at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 22 Livingston Street, Kingston. Burial with military honors will follow at Fantinekill Cemetery, Ellenville.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association act.alz.org/donate, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kingston or Ulster County Federated Athletic Clubs.
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Posted August 16, 2022
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George J. Moylan Funeral Home Inc. 2053 Route 32, Rosendale NY 12472
August 19, 2022 at 15:00 – 19:00
Immanuel Lutheran Church 22 Livingston Street, Kingston, NY 12401
August 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM