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Lyle Leonard "Sonny" Henry Jr.

January 19, 1942 — July 8, 2022

Lyle Leonard “Sonny” Henry Jr., 80, of Sioux City, passed away Friday, July 8, 2022 at his residence following a lengthy illness.

Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at St. Paul's Indian Mission with the Reverend Doctor Marilyn van Duffelen officiating.  Visitation will begin at 3:00 P.M. Sunday at the church and continue until service time with a Wake Service at 5:00 P.M. Sunday, July 10, 2022 and at 5:00 P.M. Monday, July 11, 2022 all at the church.  Burial will be at Dakota City Cemetery in Dakota City, Nebraska.  Arrangements under the direction of Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.  Online condolences may be given at

Lyle was born January 19, 1942 in Hobo Creek Santee, Nebraska, the son of Lyle Anthony Henry Sr. and Philomine Beatrice (Sully) Henry.  He attended school in South Sioux City.  Sonny married Viva Berdine Conklin on May 5, 1961.  To this union, six children were born. 

In his younger years, Lyle was a boxer at the Red Shield, now known as the Boy’s Club.  He also was a very good pool player and later in life was a member of the Senior Center “Geezer” League.  Lyle worked construction most of his life, helping to build Tyson Meats IBP and the Veteran’s Bridge.  Sonny’s true passion was mechanics and you could often find him fixing a friend or family member’s car, giving great advice on cars and repairs, or fulling his nickname as the “QVC King", ordering countless items from the channel.  According to Lyle, “You could fix anything with nine wire.”  He was an accomplished jewelry maker, making many special pieces of jewelry for his family and friends.  Lyle was a member of the Santee Sioux Nation and the St. Paul’s Indian Mission.

Survivors include his five children:  Troy (Allison) Henry of Sioux City, Tracy Henry (Rick Rodriguez) of Sioux City, Dawn (Gordon) Brown of Sioux City, Tonya (Will) Meier of Sgt. Bluff, and Lyle Henry III of South Sioux City; 15 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and siblings:  Winona of Blunt, SD, Rosie of South Sioux City, Jean of Kansas City, KS, Velma of Pasco, WA, and Roger of Sioux City.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lyle Anthony Henry Sr. and Philomine Beatrice (Sully) Henry, daughter Dina Henry in 2011, grandson Carl John Henry, great granddaughter Alyana Moreno, and siblings:  Margie, Henrietta, John, Tony, and Robert.

Lyle’s great grandson Benjamin Gordon Bear Comes Out-Crow was born on Friday, the day Lyle entered eternal rest.  Such a sad but wonderful day to have a new life enter this world after an end to such a beautiful life. 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

St. Paul's Indian Mission

524 Center St, Sioux City, IA 51103

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