DELAND, FL- Henry, Lucien Eugene Thomas, age 78, of Deland, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. A Funeral Mass will be held; 10:00 am on Thurs. June 14th at St. Peters Catholic Church, 359 W. New York Ave., Deland. Interment will follow the Funeral Mass at DeLand Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wed. June 13th; 5:00-until the 6:30 wake service at the Deland chapel of Lohman Funeral Homes.
Lucien was born in Manville, R. I. to Eugene and Bertha (Duhamel) Henry. He met and married the love of his life, Alice St. Germain of Woonsocket R. I. and enjoyed 56 years of marital bliss before Alice predeceased him on March 15th 2010. As a young man he worked with his father in the family car repair business and started raising rabbits. Later, Lou and his father were instrumental in developing the New Zealand White Breed into what they are today. At 17, he enlisted in the US Navy and retired after 20 years. He served proudly and honorably as a Jet Engine Mechanic and later as an Instructor onboard three Air Craft Carriers: USS Midway; The USS Forestall and finally the USS Constellation during the Vietnam conflict. Lou made Chief while serving in Rota Spain for 3 years. He proudly wore hats from his collection which included the Air Craft Carriers that he served on. When Lucien retired in 1972 from the military he settled with his family in Florida. He dedicated 20 years to Massey Chrysler Plymouth in Daytona Beach Florida as a Service Manager. Lou was very active in the Knights of Columbus, and volunteered at the annual St. Peters Octoberfest. He and Alice attended Perpetual Adoration and said three rosaries daily. After she passed away he would sit with her daily and say them with her at the cemetery.
Lucien is survived by his three loving children, Debra Jusick and her husband, Jim of Pine Lakes, FL., Brenda Forsyth and her husband, Thomas IV of Franklin, VT and Eugene Henry of Pine Lakes, FL; nine grandchildren, Amy, Alice, Christopher, Jamee, Thomas V, Joseph, Kenneth, Eugene , and Noah; 5 great grandchildren, Joseph, Andrea, Kaylee, Jenna and Evan, and Lou's sibblings George and Norman, and 2 sisters Marguerite Bock and Jeanne Schembri. Condolences and full tribute may be shared at
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