Decatur, Illinois

Decatur, Illinois
Curve-In, Fairview Avenue

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tim Henebry

Tim Henebry's story is one in which his Cadet yearbook overview appears to have given no clue of where his life would take him. Football for his first year, wrestling for three years, four years of track, Spanish club as a sophomore, Big Mac Day as a freshmen, and when he was a senior, Student Council Alternative, are the mentions of what he did at MacArthur.

But was there something else, right beneath the surface? Tim, during this bio exchange, shared with me what I had written in his 1965 Cadet: "Tim, Social-Government Problems has been very interesting (?). It seems we all know the right answers in there, but Jones doesn't give the right questions. Best of luck in the medical field you go into? 65. Loren Coleman..."

Tim Henebry shares his bio sketch:

"My wife, Bobbie (originally from New Jersey), and I have now been together more than 28 years since meeting in southeast Oregon and will celebrate our anniversary this year with our long-waited dream of going to Ireland. A second marriage for us both, we have four great boys—my sons, John and Mike—her sons, Bob and Jim—and their wonderful wives and families. In the mix are three grandchildren—and one on the way. Two of the guys and their families live here in the Northwest while the other two are in the military, and when not deployed, live in places as diverse as Honolulu and Washington, DC. With and 'about' family is where and how we spend much of our time.

"I've lived in Washington State since 1995 and now reside in Ellensburg—a small 'cowboy/college' town in the central part of the state. I’m mostly retired (last fall) from a 38 year career as a psychologist providing community mental health, employee assistance counseling and critical incident stress interventions. I initially went to Millikin University and then received my graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from DePaul University and Union Graduate School. I’ve had the good fortune and opportunity to live and work in several parts of the country, both urban and rural—including, central Illinois; eastern Oregon, Washington, DC; and downtown Seattle. Much of the time I’ve had a 'home-based' office but I’ve also had a number of temporary assignments that have taken me to other interesting parts of the country—from California to Alaska to Colorado—from Wisconsin to Louisiana and Mississippi. It’s been a 'good ride' and now I mostly like staying closer to home.

"While I’ve worked in a number of professional settings, ironically (I think) my favorite was being called to do critical incident stress debriefing and intervention. Whether working with those affected by major accidents, natural disasters, shootings, terrorist attacks or military combat, one of the best feelings is in knowing that you’re able to provide some immediate relief to another human being as well as help in preventing the longer-term personal impact of a traumatic event.

"But I also love being retired. My 'second career' is playing guitar (and a little banjo) in the music group, 'Prairie Spring' with my wife, Bobbie, and our friend Barb. While we occasionally have a paid gig, it’s really just a lot of fun (though I’m glad I kept my 'day job' all those other years). We mostly play and sing Americana roots, folk, Celtic and western tunes—for art shows, the local farmer’s market, the county fair/rodeo, weddings, and other private celebrations and events. When the weather is good I get outdoors when I can to hike in the nearby mountains and canyons--or get the kayak out on a river, lake or Puget Sound. Life is good. Yes, I have plenty of health 'challenges' as well—but no need to get into those. As I reflect back over the years and consider the present, the phrase from a Wordsworth poem comes to mind, '...and on I walked in blessedness, which even yet remains.'

"My first car, purchased in my junior year of college, was a lemon yellow 1960 VW Beetle Covertible. My current car is a 1995 Ford Escort wagon--perfect for throwing my kayaks on top and gear inside with no worries about scratching or damage; it still runs great, and I get better gas mileage than many late model hybrids. Actually, my very first car was one my brother and I bought when we were around 13 or 14--a 1928 Model A Ford Coupe--but we only got it up and running a few times--and of course, couldn't really drive it around town."

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