Joan Mabel (Skillen) Henry

Nov. 19, 1925 — Feb. 23, 2019

Joan Mabel (Skillen) Henry, 93, of Winamac, went home to be with the Lord at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac. 

Joan was born on Nov. 19, 1925, on the family farm in Star City, to the late Charles E. and Violet F. (Metz) Skillen. On Feb. 27, 1946, she married Byron Kennedy Henry. He died on Dec. 4, 2009.

As a young girl Joan worked and played on the family farm in Star City. In 1944, she graduated from Winamac High School. Joan retired from the First Union Bank in Winamac in 1988.

Joan was a member of Winamac Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a past member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Joan enjoyed traveling domestically and abroad. She and her husband Byron shared occasional fishing trips together. Attending concerts, musicals and shows was a favorite pastime of Joan. She compiled family history and genealogy. Joan was fashion-conscious and loved to shop. She especially enjoyed eating chocolate. She liked antiques, glassware and hot cocoa. Joan will be remembered for her sweet nature and beaming smile.

She is survived by her son Clint D. Henry of Winamac; daughters: Carla Henry [Frank] Shidler of Star City, and Marsha Henry Norris of Noblesville; grandchildren: Isaac [Carrie] Henry, Nancy [Isaac] Henry Mitchell, Abraham Henry, Jeremiah Gilman, Jordan Gilman, Regina Shidler [Steve] Maltese, Reese [Gretchen] Shidler, Rachelle Shidler [Graham] Conklin, Ariel Norris, Naomi Norris, Samara Norris and Robert Norris III; and great-grandchildren: Malachi Henry, Ezra Henry, Jonah Henry, Naomi Henry, Emerson Henry, Gibson Henry, Claire Henry, Kennady Scott, Dylan Scott, Elliot Shidler, Molly Maltese, Stephen Maltese and Violet Conkin. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles E. and Violet F. (Metz) Skillen; husband Byron Kennedy Henry; daughter Karen Kay Henry Gilman; and brothers: John Skillen and Robert Skillen. 

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with Rev. Ruby Kleymann officiating. Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary or the Winamac Presbyterian Church. 

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

(Pulaski County Journal — Feb. 27, 2019)

Pulaski County Journal

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Winamac, IN 46996

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