John William Henrie Sr.

Mar 11, 2012 Staff

Former Shoshoni resident John William Henrie Sr. died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at his home in Thornton, Colo., in the care of his family. He was 67 years old.

A celebration of his life will be at a later date.

John William Henrie was born Dec. 9, 1944, to parents, George and Ethel Henrie, in Denver.

His family said that at a young age he loved to watch and participate in rodeos, and that he was active in sports and participated in outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting.

He attended school in Fowler, Colo., and then enlisted in the U.S. Army.

After discharge from military service, he went to work in oil patches in Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming and Utah.

His family said Mr. Henrie also loved to ride and exercise race horses, watch his children participate in sports, and watch football and car races.

He was married to LaWana Coulter for 27 years, and they had three children, Sabrina, John Jr. and Tara. The couple raised their children in Shoshoni, where Mr. Henrie was an active member in the Chamber of Commerce, helping out with events such as the Old Time Fiddling Contest, Ride and Tie Days, One Shot Deer Hunt and the Fishing Derby.

Mr. Henrie was also the president of the first Lions Club in Shoshoni, with the largest number of members in the state.

After his two oldest children graduated high school in Shoshoni, he and his family moved to Arizona, where he worked as a landscaper and eventually retired at Fort Huachuca. Mr. Henrie spent the rest of his life in Arizona, participating in the American Legion, playing pool with his friends and visiting the arena in Benson, Ariz., almost daily.

Survivors include his companion, Patsy Getzwiller, of Benson, Ariz.; daughter Sabrina Thoren and husband Bruce of Shoshoni; son John Henrie Jr. and wife Kris of Craig, Colo.; daughter Tara Henrie and husband Jaime of Thornton, Colo.; sister Debra Butler and husband Bill of Rocky Ford, Colo.; grandchildren Cortney, Korinne, Joshua and Jason, Danae McPherson and husband Milo and Aspen and Brandon; great-grandchildren Jewell and Jaxson; cousins, nieces, nephews and extended Getzwiller/DeZonia family.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Ethel Henrie.

Memorials may be made in his name to SolAmor Hospice of Denver, 2460 W. 26th Ave., Ste. 300-C, Denver, CO 80211.

An online guest book is available at

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