Frederick E. Henthorne passed away Saturday, July 2, at the age of 68.

His beloved and devoted wife of 38 years, Marian, was by his side, along with his son, Christopher; his daughter, Kim Scholl, and her husband Stefan, and their children Max and Mamie; his brother, Bill and Eileen Henthorne; his brother Steve and Patti Henthorne; their daughters, Carrie and Kristin and her family.

Fred lived a life of service to his country and others. After being raised in Newark, Ohio, and graduating from Ohio University, he proudly and humbly served 20 years in the Air Force with the Strategic Air Command (SAC). He was a Vietnam veteran and flew a KC-135s and B-52x as navigator, navigator instructor and bombardier. He retired as a major and commanded detachments at Hawthorne AFS in Nevada and Havre AFS in Montana.

Fred obtained a master’s degree in social work and upon retirement served clients in the mental health field with dedication and compassion for over 20 years, retiring from North Country Community Health in 2013 as their Access Center director. Fred loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. He inherited the “Henthorne” sense of humor and loved to make anyone laugh with a story or joke. Fred’s hobbies and interests (many of which were shared with his wife, Marian, and all of which yielded cherished friendships with others) gave Fred much happiness and included the following accomplishments: joining the “Century Club” by riding an antique Columbia high wheel bicycle 100 miles around Mackinac Island; catching a Nevada state record brown trout (after telling Marian he was too busy with “work” to help with a photography project).

Fred also enjoyed everything about classic cars, especially the Corvettes he owned, including his 1963 split window. Fred befriended all dogs and fostered many golden retriever rescues.

Nothing gave Fred greater joy, however, than his family, whom he loved with all his heart and soul. While Fred never spoke of himself, everyone knew about Marian’s newest quilting project, his son Christopher’s most recent landscaping job, his brother Steve’s latest birding discovery, or which yacht was parked in front of his brother Bill’s condo in Florida. Even in the throes of unimaginable pain and suffering, Fred called his grandchildren Max and Mamie (“Short Stuff”) every day to make sure they finished their homework.

Fred will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. His deadpan humor, humble service, selfless dedication and compassion for others are a shining example for us all of a life well lived.

Fred was a member of the Michigan & National Wheelmen, Heisey Collectors of America, Ohio Historical Society, Military Officer Association.

As an expression of sympathy, donations can be sent to the Mayo Clinic, c/o Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (note checks should be marked for “Research”) or the Great Lakes Golden Retriever Rescue, P.O. Box 1455, Grand Rapids, MI 49501.

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