Earl W. Henry, a longtime Eden Valley produce farmer, died Tuesday in Elderwood Health Care at Lakewood, Hamburg. He was 90.
Born in Eden, he was a 1938 graduate of Hamburg High School and a 1940 graduate of the Cornell College of Agriculture in Ithaca. Mr. Henry was a co-owner of W.D. Henry & Sons, a produce farm he operated with his brothers, Harold and Walter, for 45 years until his retirement in 1985.
He was one of the original founders of Eden Valley Growers and served on its board of directors. Mr. Henry also served on the board of the Agricultural Division of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Despite his official retirement, he still was an active farmer, growing and selling perennials, which included vegetables in the summer months and flowers during winter. He also participated in the Hamburg Farmers' Market.
Mr. Henry was a member of the Eden Fire Department from 1944 to 1959. He was a president and elder of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden and was director emeritus of the Erie County Agricultural Society, for which he also served as a board member from 1973 to 2004 and board president in 1980 and 1981.
Mr. Henry also was a driver for Meals on Wheels in Eden for many years.
He is survived by a son, David E.; a daughter, Katherine; and a brother, Walter J.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 3487 N. Boston Road, Eden.