Gene Gilbert “Happ” Henthorn Sr.

December 07, 1935 ‒ January 29, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Gene Gilbert “Happ” Henthorn Sr, age 82, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Centerburg Respiratory and Specialty Rehab Center. He was born on December 7, 1935 in Athens County, Ohio, to the late Gilbert and Garnet (Beard) Henthorn.

Happ loved cars and was a great car enthusiast. He participated in many “cruise in’s” and winning several Best of Shows with his Crosley and 1955 T-Bird.  He served his country for over 20 years in the United States Air Force with the Strategic Air Command.  He retired from being a truck driver and loved to travel and see the country side.  His greatest love was being around his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret (Allison) Henthorn; a son, Gene G. (Lila) Henthorn Jr, grandchildren, Allison, Trey, Andrew, Matthew, Jennifer, Jesse and Christopher; 2 great grandchildren; a brother, Harold Henthorn; a sister, Helen Chaney; and many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Happ is preceded in death by a son, Thomas Henthorn; a daughter, Margene L. Drake; a brothers, Joe, Camden and John Henthorn; sisters, Zaida Bevington, and Myra Mooney.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to: ASPCA to help animal cruelty.

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  • What a sweet guy Happ was, we always enjoyed visiting with him. He was always ready to help others and didn’t know a stranger. We will miss him. 💞

  • Anyone who met or became friends with Happ was a blessed person. His sense of humor, concern for others and love of life inspired everyone he met.
    I swear he never met a stranger as he treated everyone as though they were a long lost friend. You are going to be missed by many, many people, old friend.
    Watching your face light-up at car shows when someone wanted to have their picture taken in the T-Bird or Crosley was “priceless”. The warmth & excitement in your face whenever you were around any dog was special!
    Our condolences go out to all of Happ’s family. – Gary & Dee Frye

  • One of these greatest guys I know! I’m absolutely heartbroken tonight! Happ was such a fun, loving guy! Always had a smile on his face, and always had a sweet ride to show to all! I will for sure miss seeing his face come into the store and greeting us all with his upbeat spunk! Rest easy Happ!!

  • I have met few who touched my life so dearly. I will revisit our conversations the rest of my life. Rest In Peace , Happ the Man❤️

  • We will miss him driving in for our class reunions in that wonderful T-Bird!!! Always smiling and life of the party! Proud to have had him as part of the MVHS class of 1954! You will be missed

  • Marg and Family,

    I am saddened of Gene’s passing. Gene has touched so many over the years and will be truly missed. Each of you are in our hearts and prayers!!

    Bobby Folden and Family.

  • We were fortunate to get to know and love Happ at Pine Street Church. He had such a humble, kind and generous spirit…a true blessing. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his wife and family.

  • Happ was one of the greatest men I have ever known. He always say the good in all people. He was someone Who would help those he cared for. He will be greatly missed.

  • Happ,

    You are my best friend. I never met a more wonderful person than you. My heart is broken but I know God recieved an angel.

    I know I wasnt able to be there as much as I wanted. Arizona is so far, but whenever I made it home it was as if I hadn’t left.

    I’ll never forget the good times. 12 years goes by so quickly. One day I will see you again in heaven. I love you.

  • We are so sorry to hear about Hap. We enjoyed visiting with Hap at many car shows. We will definitely miss him. Mary and Rick Marti

  • Sorry to hear the news of Happ’s passing. He will surely be missed by many. He always had a smile on his face and a story to share.
    God’s peace be with you all.

  • When I arrived in the USA 11 years ago Julie took me to a car show at Eastern Star, that’s where I first met Happ, he made me feel so welcome and could understand my accent, from that day we became friends and as the years went on we became great friends, I’ll miss his happy go lucky personality. To Happ’s family our deepest condolences. I’ll miss you Happ. Bob & Julie.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss, Happ was a special person who enjoyed being with people and making them laugh. He loved his family and wanted to spend much of his time with them. He will be remembered in so many things he loved; cars, caring for animals, and especially serving his country!

  • Happ was a very dear friend. He was the best of neighbors and we will miss our visits at the fence. He always talked about his dogs and cars. We would go to First Friday uptown and Happ would be there with his Thunderbird. Haylee will miss making him cookies, cupcakes, and bread.

    We will always miss you,
    Haylee and Leota Holland