Reese Hale Henry, Jr.
Reese Henry, 91, died peacefully at his home in Texas with his family beside him. Reese was born in Burkburnett, TX in 1923. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II experiencing D-Day on the USS Augusta. Following the War, Reese attended the University of North Texas where he received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Reese worked in Texas as an accountant for several years. In 1964 he and his family moved to Aspen where he founded Reese Henry & Company, Inc. Since then the company has grown from 2 to over 30 employees. Reese always put his clients first and held himself to the highest standards of service and ethics. He instilled these qualities in each of his employees and that firm culture continues today.
Reese married Wava Turner in 1981 to the delight of friends and family. They were married for 31 years until Wava’s death in 2012. During Reese’s 40 years in Aspen he volunteered his expertise to many local non-profits; he was a main stay of the Aspen Ski Swap.
Reese will be remembered for his infectious laugh, his generosity of spirit, his absolute delight in “good times” – smoking his pipe, sharing wine and fine food with friends from all walks of life, his strong work ethic, and as a source of counsel, wisdom and encouragement to his family, friends and clients. Reese is truly one of the genuine and rare iconic Aspen characters.
Reese is survived by his children Lea and Sam, grandchildren Jeff, Michelle, Taylor, and great grandchild, Collin.
We will join together to celebrate his life along with the 50th anniversary of the firm, September 3, 2014. Please save the date for an informal gathering of great appetizers, beer and wine.