Funeral service for Gene A. Henry, 85, of Hoyt Lakes will be 1 PM Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Hoyt Lakes with Pastor Barbara Hegfors officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Wednesday at the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be accorded by the Aurora-Hoyt Lakes Color Guard. Interment will be in the Hoyt Lakes Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Faith Lutheran Church of Hoyt Lakes. Gene died Tuesday, May 12, 2015 surrounded by family at the Northland Village Assisted Living Facility in Hoyt Lakes. Gene was born on February 25, 1930 to Lale and Mamie (Sjogren) Henry in Sturgeon Lake, MN. He grew up in Deerwood, MN and attended school in Crosby-Ironton. Following graduation, Gene entered in US Air Force where he served during the Korean War as a ham radio operator. Upon his honorable discharge, Gene was employed by Western Union in Racine, WI. It was at Western Union that Gene met the love of his life, Cecilia Zeno. Gene and Cecilia were united in marriage on June 26, 1954 in Racine, WI. Gene transferred with Western Union to Virginia, MN. Then in 1957, the family moved to Hoyt Lakes where Gene had been employed by Erie Mining Company and finally as a stock room and attendance “truant” officer at the Aurora/Hoyt Lakes Schools until his retirement in 1982. Gene took a post retirement job working for the Hoyt Lakes recycling center which he enjoyed. Gene was an active member of the Aurora/Hoyt Lakes Color Guard, the Hoyt Lakes VFW, and the Faith Lutheran Church in Hoyt Lakes where he served as an Usher Captain for fifty years. Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, playing cards and cribbage, bowling, operating his ham radio, agate hunting, walking, and feeding deer. Most of all, Gene loved spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife of 61 years: Cecilia; four children: Sharon (Chuck) Williams of Aurora, Scott (Rhonda) Henry of Aurora, Mark (Lois) Henry of Hoyt Lakes, and Julie (Ron) Pospeck of Chugiak, AK; nine grandchildren: Lindsay (Hans) Nyberg, Mitch Williams, Jason (Natalie) Carpenter, Eric (Tessa) Carpenter, Amanda (Matt) Rollins, Mike (Leah) Henry, Jennifer Henry, Jessica (Ron Carl) Pospeck, and Bradley Pospeck; five great-grandchildren: Owen, Caleb, Logan, Gunner, and Elliot. Gene was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter: Baby Elizabeth; a sister, Clella; two brothers, Bill and Bud; and his parents, Lale and Mamie Henry. Gene’s family would like to thank the Northland Village staff for the wonderful care their Dad received and for supporting his family.