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“Harvey, Gloria, and Family - Words can not describe how sorry I am for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Harvey and Gloria through work. He...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Bill McGuane - Chicago, IL

“Dear Gloria and Family, We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of your treasured husband, father and grandfather. We deeply regret that...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Chris & Gary Gnade

“Harvey had gotten me started on ancestry when I was younger and I had shared with him some ancestry information that I end up finding. He would cross...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Jayde Henry - Des Moines, IA

“I just heard about Harvey (Mr. Henry). He seemed like a a person that would always be there, I guess. I'm so sorry. That pancreatic cancer is a...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Linda (Eden) Conaway

“I never met Harvey and only knew him because of my Iowa City connection that I have with my family. I am so very sorry to hear about the loss to...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Joyce Chaput - Milliken, CO

“With a very sad heart I write today on news of Harvey's passing. Harvey was an architect throughout his life for many years he built things out of...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Margee Miller - IA

“I was surprised and truly sad when I learned last night of Harvey's passing. I had the privilege to meet Harvey and Gloria and many more in the...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Ray Gordon, Lt Col USAF (Retired)

“What a sad day when I learned of the passing of our good friend, Harvey Henry. I met him personally a year ago at the IAGenWeb conference held in...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Ziemann - Keller, TX

“I am saddened to learn Harvey has passed. I met him just a year ago at a geneaology conference. We connected immediately and kept in touch. I...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Cindy Maher - Oxford, IA - friend

“What a gentleman. He made it easy for me to build a house when I was a young man and starting a family. He even gave me plans for a house that he ...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Fred Sales - West Branch, IA

“I was so stunned to read of Harvey's death in the paper this morning. I had not been aware of his illness. The thought that he is no longer with us...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Emily Bennett - Iowa City, IA

“Harvey attended a 2010 Iowa GenWeb coordinators conference, where I got to meet him after he'd emailed me about his several-year project of putting...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Karon King - Des Moines, IA

“Dear Gloria and family-- I was saddened to hear of Harvey's illness and of his passing. I was so glad to hear that you were able to be together. ...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Brandy (Henry) Lundy and Andrew Lundy

“Dear Denise and Family, I'm so sorry about your loss and know that your many good memories will help you during the coming weeks and months. Please...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Laurie Comstock - Baldwin City, KS

“I don't often check obituaries, but a familiar name caught my eye. My condolences to the family. I'm an old neighbor and school bus companion from...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Carol Dooley Jasperson - Tipton, IA

“Our deepest sympathies to Gloria and the whole family. I worked, electronically, with Harvey for years on Johnson County genealogy. I finally met...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Cheryl & Jeff Westfall - Phoenix, AZ

“Our condolences to Gloria and the rest of the family. Harvey was a terrific neighbor and we always marveled at his remarkable energy and talent. We...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Jim Clayton and Christine Allen - IA

“To Gloria and family; So sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. What a good friend he was to Rich and me. He will be truely missed. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Millie Campion - North Liberty, IA

“My memories of Harvey go way back, as i haven't lived in IC for many years, but i remember him as such a gentle man, full of smiles and a sense of...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Deborah Mulford Rohovit - CO

“i was completely shocked today to see harvey had passed away. we knew he was sick but only yesterday i swrote a card out tosend abut hm being sick...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: betty sedlacek family - iowa city, IA

“My condolences to the family. I have lost my email buddy. Harvey has left quite a legacy in all the buildings he has been involved with this...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Marilyn Jensen - Coralville, IA


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Harvey Wilbur Henry, age 82, of Iowa City, Iowa died of pancreatic cancer on March 12, 2011 at home. It was Mr. Henry’s wish to be cremated.
Mr. Henry was born on September 30, 1928 on a farm near Palmyra, Warren County, Iowa, the third child of Roy Russell Henry and Ruth Gertrude Brown Henry. He attended Moore country school through grade eight in the same building where his mother and grandfather attended school. He graduated from Indianola High School in 1946. He graduated from Iowa State College receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1954 and was a member of Tau Sigma Delta, Architecture Honorary Society. He worked in the Indianola office of Architect Lester C. Langdon the last half of his Senior year of high school. After graduation from Iowa State he worked in the Waterloo, Iowa office of Architects Thorson, Thorson, and Madson assisting in the design of churches, hospitals, nursing homes, and variety of other building types.
He became registered as an architect in 1958 and opened a private architectural practice in February 1960 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He later entered into two separate architectural partnerships, one in Waterloo and the other in Iowa City, returning again to private practice in 1966. He continued this practice until 2003.
During his years of practice he designed numerous churches, schools, commercial buildings, and many housing projects in Eastern Iowa. He served as Construction Management Consultant for the 1970’s restoration of Old Capitol in Iowa City. During his practice he designed many custom houses including houses for his children. He felt that the contributions of his abilities to his children and their families were his greatest accomplishments and offered him his greatest pleasure and satisfaction. Having lived on a farm as a youth, he enjoyed being out-of-doors and especially enjoyed helping with the actual construction work. He spent part of the summers of 1993 and 1994 in Germany assisting his son Martin in the construction of a house. He helped build a studio addition to his son Darrell’s home in North Carolina and he helped with the construction of various projects for his daughter Marsha’s home in Florida. Additions and remodeling projects for his daughter Denise’s homes in Mt. Pleasant, IA and Coal Valley, IL were other satisfying projects.
He designed and owned several rental residential/commercial buildings including Liberty Square Apartments for the elderly in North Liberty, Iowa. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Henry managed these buildings taking pride in providing a pleasant place for others to live.
Mr. Henry was a 30-year member of the American Institute of Architects and a 17-year member of the Iowa City Noon Lions Club. He was a member of the Iowa City Genealogical Society. In 2000 he became Webmaster of the ICGS website. In 2002 he became editor of the ICGS Newsletter.
Mr. Henry’s final legacy and in his opinion, one of the most significant, was cataloguing, digitalizing and preserving information on one of his websites, about the 13,000 gravesites in the IOOF cemetery in Indianola. Without his efforts this information may have been lost forever.

On September 4, 1949 he married Gloria Jean Davis, daughter of Charles Olin Davis and Josephine John Davis, of Indianola. To them were born two sons and two daughters. Survivors include his wife Gloria; daughter Marsha and grand children Henry and Lydia; son Martin and grand daughter Carina; grand daughter Jennifer, daughter of the late son, Darrell; and daughter Denise and her husband Ronald Morton and grand children Zackary, Drew, Caitlin, and Monica. Mr. Henry was preceded in death by his son Darrell, and his son-in-law, Tenney Deane Jr.

It is the wish of Harvey’s wife, Gloria that instead of flowers, donations be made to the Iowa City Hospice Services.

Please make checks payable to:
Iowa City Hospice
1025 Wade Street
Iowa City, Iowa