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Richard O. McHenry

Obituary for Richard O. McHenry

July 29, 1928 - November 23, 2020
Greenwood, Indiana | Age 92


Richard O. McHenry, Greenwood, Indiana (formerly Indianapolis) passed away peacefully on November 23, 2020. He was born July 29, 1928 in Azalia, Indiana to Norris & Edna A. McHenry. He graduated from Columbus HS and followed his father's footsteps to study at Purdue University. While pursuing his mechanical engineering degree and as a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, he met and eventually married his wife Carol (Ramsey) McHenry, who survives him. They were happily married for over 69 years. Survivors are his son Richard (Nancy) McHenry of Leesburg, Indiana & daughter Cynthia (Tim) Walker of Indianapolis. Other survivors include five grandchildren, Melissa (Travis) Gunther, Ladera Ranch, CA, Matthew (Christine) McHenry, Goshen, IN, Elizabeth (Donald) Ridgeway, Lake Placid, FL, Drew (Sara) Walker, Naperville, IL, and Charles (Jennifer) Walker, Newcastle, WA, along with eight great-grandchildren.
Known to his friends as "Mac", he spent his working career entirely with Allison Gas Turbine (in later years a division of Rolls Royce) as an aircraft controls engineer. He was a US Army veteran who served during the Korean War. Active in the community, Mac was a longtime member of Southport Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, longstanding member and treasurer of the Indianapolis Southside Kiwanis Club, and a member of the New Hope Chapter of Masons.
Mac loved anything Purdue but especially enjoyed Purdue basketball and football games. He was a John Purdue Club member for over 40 years. He also loved to travel and explored the far reaches of the world with his faithful "Dolly". As a young man he developed his musical talents playing the clarinet and violin and continued to enjoy the classics as a season subscriber to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He loved to share his appreciation of the London West End musical theatre and always had a pot of hot English tea close at hand. Lastly, and importantly, he was a dedicated gentleman farmer. His final days came at the close of the fall season; a time where he annually enjoyed riding in the combine as the crops were harvested.
Above all else, he loved and was devoted to providing for his family. He always wanted to make sure they were safe, secure, and protected regardless of what challenges they faced. His quiet demeanor and reserved personality were merely a reflection of his determination and willingness to stay the course no matter what, until the job was done.
Private family services are entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory-Greenwood Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts for mechanical engineering scholarships to Purdue University, 403 W Wood St., West Lafayette, IN, 47907.

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