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Samuel Raymond Henry

September 24, 1953 ~ November 8, 2021 (age 68)



Samuel Raymond Henry, 68, of Bellefontaine, Ohio and formerly of West Liberty, Ohio passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, November 8, 2021.

Sam was born in Lima, Ohio September 24, 1953, a son of the late Murray and Harriet (Kridler) Griffin.  He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law, Charles Newman Jr.; a sister-in-law, Lois Newman; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He graduated from Belle Center High School in 1971.  Sam married the love of his life, Diana Newman March 17, 1978, in Belle Center.  He was one of the first 300 Americans to be employed at Honda of America. Sam retired in 2016 from Honda R&D after 35 years.

He was an avid Browns and Buckeyes fan and loved to play golf.  He enjoyed retirement to its fullest.  Sam’s greatest joy in life was his family, especially his role of “Pop” to his five beautiful grandchildren who will miss him immensely.  He didn’t know a stranger and will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.  After a major health event at the age of 42, by the grace of God, Sam was given 25 more beautiful years to enjoy on this Earth.  We treasure every moment spent with him, and selfishly wish we could have had more.

Sam is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diana Henry; daughters Kelly (C.J.) Ferraro of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Emily (Adam) Jurich of Bellefontaine; five grandchildren: Evie, Gia, Leo, Ellis and Emily; sisters: Ann (Greg) Brown, Jody (Brian) Scudds, Penny (Dennis) Harford and Nancy (Craig) Conley; a brother, Shannon (Annie) Griffin; mother-in-law, Barbara Newman; brother-in-law, Duane Newman; brother-in-law, David (Bonnie) Newman; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. 

Friends may call Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Belle Center, Ohio.  

Pastor Kevin Smith will officiate Sam’s funeral service Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.   

Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Belle Center.

The staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Belle Center is honored to serve the Henry family.



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November 11, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Eichholtz Daring & Sanford of Belle Center
306 N. Elizabeth St.
Belle Center, OH 43310

Funeral Service
November 12, 2021

11:00 AM
Eichholtz Daring & Sanford of Belle Center
306 N. Elizabeth St.
Belle Center, OH 43310


American Heart Association- Ohio
5455 N. High St., Columbus OH 43214

Belle Center United Methodist Church
202 E. Main St., Belle Center OH 43310

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