Elda Curtis Henry
April 9, 1946 – April 30, 2021

Family and friends are mourning the loss of “Curt,” since he passed away in Eureka in the presence of his family. Curt was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, but moved to Humboldt County at a young age, where he lived for most of his life. After graduating Arcata High School in 1964, he married Eloise (Henriksen) of Fortuna. Together they had four children.

Curt followed in his father’s footsteps to become a commercial fisherman, and when his father retired, he and Eloise also took over the family business of Henry’s Crab Traps. Curt continued to fish for Dungeness crab, salmon and tuna along the entire West Coast from as far as Tahiti to Alaska. Over the many years of his career, he owned and operated the Cavalier, Early Dawn, Compass Rose and The Jewel. He taught his older sons, Rodney and Jeffrey, along with his nephew, Raymond, to fish when they were in their teenage years. In 1991 Curt met his second wife, Carolyn. Together they ran a successful bed and breakfast at East Brother Light station in Point Richmond, Calif. After some time, he returned to fishing, and they also divorced.

Curt was a man of adventure and he loved being on the ocean, but his favorite thing to do in life was hunting. Many of his family vacations centered around hunting. He shared stories of his exploits with anyone who would listen.

Curt enjoyed meeting new people and helping others. He had a great sense of humor, was extremely generous, and could talk to anyone. He took great pleasure in a good card game with much laughter and being in the company of those he loved.

He is preceded in death by his parents Elda C. (Pink) and Jewel Henry, and his brother Raymond Henry. Curt is survived by his aunt, Joyce Dowers; his two sisters:,Sandra D’Haem (Michael) and Donna Lyon (Stephen). He also leaves behind his four children from his marriage with Eloise — Rod Henry (Charlotte), Jeff Henry, Julene Saunders (Michael), and Monte Henry (Nicole); his eight grandchildren, Cameron Henry (Shauna), Brandon Henry, Riley Lowder (Greg), Hannah Henry, Reagan Saunders, Avary Henry, Evan Saunders, and Grace Henry; and his two great-grandchildren: Rowan Lowder and Bodhi Henry. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Curt lived his life to the fullest and he is extremely missed. Family and friends are invited to an open house on June 19, 2021, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Bayside Community Hall, 2297 Jacoby Creek Rd, Arcata. Snacks will be provided.


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