DALLAS — Scott Henry said he has many fond memories of his father, the late Frank Martz Henry, and during his heartfelt eulogy Thursday morning, he offered a few to the overflow crowd in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
“Every Christmas day, after visiting with family and friends, we would stop at the Martz terminal,” Scott said. “He wanted to thank the employees who had to work that day. That was my father.”
Frank M. Henry, chairman emeritus of The Martz Group and a noted philanthropist, died Sunday at age 85. His funeral service was held Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas.
Scott said his father stood for many things — he was a devoted husband, a true family man, a man of faith and an astute businessman.
“I knew what I wanted to be for a long time,” Scott said. “I wanted to be like him.”
Scott said his father will live on in every person he ever met.
“He will always be with each of us,” he said. “He touched us all. How lucky we all are to have been blessed to have him.”
Scott said Henry’s family was his greatest achievement, “his crowning moment.”
Scott thanked all of the 200-plus people attending the funeral the hundreds more that stood in line Wednesday evening for three hours and more for showing such respect and love for his father.
“It was easy for me to stand there and shake hands and listen to all the stories every person had,” Scott said. When I look back at my dad’s life, I will just smile, smile, smile.”
Scott said his father was near the end of his life and he was laying in a hospital bed when a worker came into the room and asked Mr. Henry what he did for a living.
“He said he was a bus driver,” Scott said. “She asked if he drove a school bus or transit bus and dad said, ‘no, a big bus.’ She asked if he had done that for a long time and he said, ‘sure seems so.’”
Scott’s sister, Marjorie H. Marquart, told the Martz employees in attendance that her father loved every single one of them.
“Where would we be without all of you?” she asked.
Marjorie said her father always said to enjoy life, “but never at the expense of others.” She said he advised and always did the right thing.
And Marjorie took time to thank Mr. Henry’s wife, Freddie Bittenbender, who he married about one year ago.
“I truly believe my mother sent Freddie to us,” Marjorie said. “Dad was happy again. He had someone to share life with.”
Marjorie closed with a poem by Christopher Robin for Winnie the Pooh:
“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter then you think. But most important thing is, even if we’re apart I’ll always be with you.”
The Rev. Chuck Gommer delivered the sermon/eulogy for Henry, and he quoted Frederick Beuchner:
“When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you — that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back into your mind, even though countless years and miles stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart. For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost.”
Gommer said he met with the Henry family and asked them to share their memories. Here a few of their remembrances:
He treated everyone the same.
He respected everyone.
His family was important to him.
He liked to have fun.
He loved the Valley.
He never forgot from whence he came.
He loved popcorn with lost of salt and butter.
He always trusted us; he always stuck with us, even when we were horrible. (laughter)
I will miss his smile.
He knew how to do the right thing.
Integrity, reliable, deep faith, he was sweet, gently, tender hearted, a great forgiver, he cared, he loved, he was generous.
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