James D. “Jim” Henry

James D. “Jim” Henry

James D. “Jim” Henry, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:43 p.m., on Monday, October 8, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jim’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, October 15, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Jim’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 12:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jim was born on March 26, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Walter and Gladys (Schmitt) Henry.

Jim was a lifelong Dubuque resident who honorably served his country with the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Evelyn “Evie” Burdt, on February 20, 1954, at Sacred Heart Church, and the two were blessed with 8 wonderful children and 61 years of wedded bliss, before Evie was sadly called home ahead of him on February 13, 2016, just shy of their 62nd anniversary. Jim was raised with a strong work ethic and put those values to good use as a die maker with St. Regis Paper Company for 34 years, until his well-deserved retirement. In his free time, Jim enjoyed spending time in his woodworking shop, creating beautiful pieces, especially clocks, to share with his family and friends. When he wasn’t at work or out in the shop, Jim could be found enjoying the great outdoors whether he was fishing or sitting around the campfire with Evie and the children. He enjoyed jumping in the car and going for a ride along the river, and was never one to say “no” when receiving an invitation to go out to eat. He had an infectious laugh and was well known for his love of joking around and teasing family and friends. His friendly and outgoing personality served him well while working the toll booth at Eagle Point Park for several years. Jim’s faith was also an important aspect of his life, a trait which was evidenced by his longtime membership with Sacred Heart Church. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our wonderful dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother and friend, but are grateful that he is now free of the health issues that have plagued him these past years.

Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include

his children,
Christine (Ray) Popenhagen, Turtle Lake, WI,
Robert (Barb) Henry, East Dubuque, IL,
Paula (Mike) Dominy, Dubuque, IA,
Patty (Marty) Jungers, Dubuque, IA,
Teri (Charlie Rapp) Hicks, Maquoketa, IA
and Becky Bruxvoort, Dubuque, IA;

20 grandchildren;
Jason (Heather) Kretz, Jennifer (Cory) Meehan, Justin (Stacy) Kretz, Mindy (Willy) Boe, Megan Popenhagen, Robert (Jennifer) Popenhagen, Nichole (Cory) Strom, Toni (Leslie) Penoyer, Maggie Brenner, Joshua Dominy, Tyler Dominy, Dejarae Dominy, Anthony Kasparec, Heather (Ryan) Miller, Toby (Tabitha) Hicks, Kelsey (Jayme) Breitbach, Jordan Rapp, Anna Bruxvoort, Nora Bruxvoort and Jonah Bruxvoort;

41 great-grandchildren;

a sister,
Rosemary Grothe, Dubuque, IA;

a son-in-law,
James Kretz, Dubuque, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Kathleen “Cas” Kluesner, Dubuque, IA
and Donna Burdt, Dubuque, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn Henry; an infant son, Michael Henry; a daughter, Debbie Kretz; a great-grandson, Collin Barton; and 5 brothers-in-law, William Grothe, William “Bill” (Ruth) Burdt Sr., James (Mary) Burdt Sr., Rev. Eric Burdt O.S.s.T and Dale Kluesner.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
October 14th, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Funeral Service

Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church
2215 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
October 15th, 2018 at 10:30 AM

5 condolences for James D. “Jim” Henry
  1. Gary Schroeder says:

    Goodbye to a very dear friend and a wonderful co-worker. It wasn’t mentioned in the obituary, but Jim worked as a fee collector in Eagle Point Park after his retirement. I had the pleasure of being his supervisor as well as Evie’s who took over his position after he left the park. I grew to love both of them and maintained a strong friendship with them both.

    You are with Evie now Jimmy and I know you are happy. I hope she has a lemon pie waiting for you. Thank you so much for being my friend and for all of the times you made me laugh. I love you and will miss you.

    And to your family, I’m glad to have known most of you. You had great parents that you can be proud of. I know they were proud of all of you. I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you.

    Gary & Barb Schroeder

  2. Jonah Bruxvoort says:

    From your grandson, Jonah. I would like to say that you have taught me a lot over the years. You taught me how to paint,how to build things and to carve wood. You even taught me how to sneak candy without anyone knowing. Thank you so much, Grandpa. I love you and miss you. Say hi to grandma for me.

  3. Nora Bruxvoort says:

    Grandpa, you will always be remembered for the funny, hardworking, and talented person you are. I will always remember the fun-filled summers that we spent with you doing things like painting, sitting on the porch enjoying the weather, and taking rides by the river, which sometimes included an ice cream treat. I know that you are now happy with where you are. I just wanted to say how much I will miss you. Just know that I loved you so much and that you were an awesome grandpa.

  4. Tom Greene says:

    Who’s going to call us HOGS when Luke, Dave and I are eating pizza on Saturday nights? Thanks for always pointing to your season pass when you came through so I knew you had one(HA!) R.I.P.

  5. Karen (Kobs) Boraiko says:

    My thoughts and prayers to Jim’s children and their families. I grow up by the Henry’s and would always see Jim out around the house. Always with a friendly smile and wave. May he rest in peace.

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