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Obituary: Walter Henricks, Morgantown

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Walter C. Henricks, 70, of Morgantown, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Waters of Martinsville in Martinsville.

He was born August 26, 1942, in Indianapolis, to Cecil and Alva Mae (Mitchell) Henricks. He married Debra A. (Smith) Henricks on February 23, 1980 at Franklin Memorial Christian Church; she survives.

He was a 1960 graduate of Emerich Manuel High School in Indianapolis, received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Purdue University, and attended the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. Mr. Henricks had been an engineer for John Oberley’s Engineering in Indianapolis and previously with Melvin Simon and Associates in Indianapolis. He attended Emanuel Church at Stones Crossing and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, tap shooting, golfing, and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He also was a musician and was a former assistant Cub Master for Cub Scout Troop 227 in Franklin.

Survivors include his wife, Debra A. (Smith) Henricks of Morgantown; a daughter, Laura J. Henricks of Logansport; a son, Douglas L. Henricks of Lexington, Kentucky; grandchildren, Kasey Smithers of Morgantown and Gabriel Smithers of Logansport; sisters, Joyce Billington of Indianapolis and Janet Coffey (Mike - deceased) of Beech Grove; several cousins; and his great Pyrenees dog, Chelsea.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Janice Rose Henricks.

Chaplain Rick Clayton will conduct a celebration of life service on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 4 p.m. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, with a reception immediately following the service at the mortuary. Friends may call from 3 p.m. until service time at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN, 46131.

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Information: 317-738-0202.

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