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Williamsport man liked fishing, family

July 05, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Richard Allen Henson, 38, liked fishing with his family, country music and bingo, one of his sisters said Sunday.

Henson, of 118 N. Conococheague St., died Saturday evening after being swept away while wading in Conococheague Creek. He was pulled out of the water by rescuers, but died at Washington County Hospital.

Cora High, 41, of Williamsport, said her brother, who went by "Dickie," would help anybody.

"He never turned anyone down that I know of," High said.

High said her brother worked as a "jack of all trades," doing fencing, concrete, lawn care and other types of work, sometimes doing work for free.

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She said she, Henson, and five other brothers and sisters all grew up in Williamsport.

As the family grew up and had children, "Dickie always made sure (the kids) always had money in their pockets for sodas or whatever they needed."

"Just talking with Dickie was great. ... He'd always make you laugh," High said.

Henson, who was a member of the Williamsport Moose Lodge, played bingo at the lodge with High on Wednesday nights. Sometimes he'd win, sometimes he'd lose, but "he was always happy," she said.

Although he knew how to drive, he never got his license, High said.

On Saturday, Henson and other family members were taking care of some family errands, and High saw her brother as he was taking off to go fishing with another sister and his nephew. That was the last time she saw him.

"He was just a good person," High said.

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