Lawrence R. “Larry” Henty, age 84, often said his loving wife would let him know when it was time to pass on to his rewards. On Saturday, March 27, 2021 he did so, at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville from effects of blood-and-bone marrow cancer.
Larry was born November 11, 1936 in Rochester, the first born son of Clifford & Mildred (Judson) Henty. He was raised in Geneseo and Wayland, graduating from Wayland Central School in 1954. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for a year, and the University of Rochester for a semester; then for reasons known only to himself, he chose to continue his education over his life-time, beginning with two years’ active service in the US Army Signal Corps, assigned to a cold-war listening post in Asmara, Eritrea.
In 1958, Larry married his high-school classmate, Donna June Newfang, and nine years later they began raising their two children in Honeoye Falls, NY. Bellbrook, OH and Escondido, CA. It was in Escondido that Larry lost his beloved wife of nearly 28 years, to cancer, and where he met and married his cherished second wife, Jacquelyn Susan Streiff.
Larry was a technical specialist with twenty years of service with National Cash Register (NCR) in Rochester, Dayton, OH, and San Diego, CA; for four years with Hewlett Packard in San Diego; and three years as Vice-President of product development at Centrox Financial Systems in Escondido and Anaheim, CA. Returning to his roots in the Genesee Valley region in 1992, he shifted career gears into retail building supplies at Rogers & Tenbrook in Wayland for 18 years.
He was a past president of the Wayland Lions Club and the Wayland Historical Society, Larry was a ruling elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Escondido, CA and a member of the Sparta Center United Methodist Church. In 2011, he joined the Loyal Order of Moose #1130 in Dansville. Having been made a Master Mason at Warren Patchin Lodge in Wayland in 1961, in 2017 he re-joined the craft at South Dansville-Wayland Lodge #478.
He spent long hours engaged in family-history research. Until experiencing severe hearing impairment late in life, he loved music: Tchaikowsky, Neil Diamond, Lloyd Weber, Chet Akins and Scott Joplin. He liked to maintain contact with his life’s acquaintances, and make new friends. Sometimes brash during his active career, in later years he tried, not always successfully, to treat everyone around him with respect and understanding. But, there were exceptions: he avoided high-pressure salespeople and distrusted most politicians. Larry enjoyed a good laugh, and liked to make other people laugh, mostly by poking fun at himself. He and his wife Jacque expressed their mutual love by poking fun at each other, in public and in private.
Larry is survived by his cherished wife of 34 years, Jacquelyn; his two children, Stephen L. (Colleen) Henty of El Cajon, CA and Shelia Marie Busacco of Fairport, NY; his four step-children, Tina G. (Steve) Smith of Sacramento, CA, Kerry L. Budoff of Oceanside, CA, Benjamin A. (Marcie) Budoff of Denver, CO and Catherine Mattison of the Salt Lake City area; his brother, John (Jane) Henty of York, PA; plus sixteen grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and siblings-in-law.
Friends may call 5-7 pm Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, 300 West Naples St., Wayland. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 pm. A memorial service will be held 3 pm, Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the Sparta Center United Methodist Church, 8455 Sparta Center Rd, Dansville, NY 14437. Larry’s ashes will be interred next to those of his first wife in North Loon Lake Cemetery, Wayland.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice in memory of Larry