Henry, Gilbert

Gilbert E. Henry, 81, of Adrian, Mich., died Sept. 21, 2019, at his home under the loving care of his family.

Gil was born June 11, 1938, in Morenci, Mich., the son of E. Merlin and Florence (Rowley) Henry. He graduated from Morenci High School in 1956, and throughout his life stayed in contact with classmates at reunions and lunches.

Gil earned a bachelor’s degree from Olivet College in 1960. Professionally he continued his studies at University of Toledo, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, National Association of Realtors Institute, and Realtors Land Institute, earning numerous certifications and gaining expertise in all facets of real estate. Gil shared his vast knowledge as an instructor for Realtors Land Institute Michigan Chapter, Lenawee VoTec Center, Adrian College and Lenawee Chamber of Commerce.

On June 12, 1982, he married Susan (Schreuder) Van Ooyen, and she survives.

In 1974 Gil established Gil Henry & Associates, Inc.  In addition to selling real estate, he was extensively involved in residential and commercial construction, development and management; preforming appraisals; and providing testimony as an expert witness in several counties as well as in federal courts.

Gil maintained many professional affiliations on the local, state and national levels, including the Lenawee County Board of Realtors where he served in many leadership positions, Michigan Association of Realtors, Detroit Area Board of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. 

As the recipient of numerous awards such as Lenawee County Realtor of the Year, the Golden Rule Award, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in Business and Finance multiple years, his most treasured award was the Distinguished Alumni Award he was honored with in 2013 from Morenci High School. Gil was also committed to his community and served on the boards of the Adrian Central Business District and Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce.  Gil was most proud of his relationships with his family and friends. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Gilbert (and Amy) Henry, of Manitou Beach, Mich., Amy (and Jerry) Malek of Sylvania, Ohio, Tamera Sullivan of Riga, Mich., Amy Conder of Charlotte, N.C., and Christine Hall of Fenton, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Danielle (and Tyler) Fearn, Isaac and Alyssa Henry, Nicholas Hall, Benjamin, Macey and Nathan Malek, Arie and Peyton Conder; and five great-grandchildren, Trent, Jax and Mia VanSteenkiste, Chase Collyer and Leighton Henry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Robert Henry and Barbara Rouse.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Wagley Funeral Home, with Rev. Debi Humphries officiating. Burial will be private​ at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association or Hospice of Lenawee.