Simon T. Henry

August 30, 1976 – July 23, 2020

 

Simon T. Henry, 43 of Burt, died Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. A visitation was held Wednesday, July 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona. The family asked that social distancing practices be followed. Family graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 30, at Calvary Cemetery, Algona.

Simon Thomas Henry was born Aug. 30, 1976, in Fairmont, Minn., son of Thomas and Ingrid (Teresko) Henry.  Simon was raised on a farm west of Algona. He graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School in 1995.  Following high school, he continued to work on the family farm alongside his father. He was united in marriage to Angela Meyers on June 4, 2011, in Algona. 

Together, Simon and Angela have two children, a son, Thomas Simon Joseph Henry, and a daughter, Waylynn Outlaw Marie Henry. Simon’s love for his children was very powerful. He always said his greatest accomplishment was being their father. They were his pride and joy. The times he enjoyed most with his children were when he would give them horsey rides, play catch, play fight and singing together. Of course, he taught them how to do the duck walk like Angus and to love music!

Simon had a love for animals. He proudly raised cattle alongside his father. When he was young, he was an active member in 4-H.  He was very successful showing cattle, and after he graduated from high school he helped his father sell home-raised show calves to many families. Although cattle were his first love, a close second was his love for birds; he loved them all!  As a young boy, he raised homing pigeons, guineas, pheasants and parakeets. As an adult, he raised chickens, geese and turkeys. He also had a love for cats. One of Simon’s closest friends gave him a little gray kitten. Although he “didn’t want the kitten,” he kept him and named him Turbo. Turbo lived for 20 years because of Simon’s love. Simon had a love for antiques which he shared with his mother. He was also a true Iowa Hawkeyes fan to the core. 

Simon enjoyed being the life of the party. He had a comedian-like sense of humor, enjoyed karaoke, going out with friends and, although he enjoyed his country music, he was a die-hard AC/DC rocker! His close friends knew him as the Ol’ Boy Rick James, but they also knew him as the one they could count on anytime, day or night, when they needed him. He was a great listener!

He is survived by his wife Angela and their two children, Tommy and Waylynn of Burt; his parents, Tom and Ingrid Henry of Algona; four siblings, Tina (Jason) Henry-Thill of Humboldt, Cinnamon (Channon) Mawdsley of Algona, Amber (David) Garman of Algona, and Joe (Maria) Henry of Burt; his parents-in-law, Ron and Diane Meyers of Irvington; and many nieces, nephews and other family members. 

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ginger Henry; his maternal grandparents, Virgil Finnestad and Ruta Widdel; and his paternal grandparents, Simon and Matilda Henry. 

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

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