Friday, June 5, 2015

Henry Wathen Passes Away

      Henry L. "Bud" Wathen of Stevensville, MD, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015, surrounded by his family at home.
      He was 85. Born on November 1,1929, in Chaptico, MD, the son of the late Henry L. Wathen, Sr. and Mary D. Owens, Bud grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and was a graduate of Eastern High School. After high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Washington, D.C., where he attended George Washington University and began his career in the printing industry first at the US Government Printing Office and later in the private sector at Darby Printing, Editor's Press, Fawcett Printing, and Holladay-Tyler Printing. His long career as a printing executive included work with the White House Historical Society and the National Geographic Society. Having resided in Davidsonville, MD, since 1976, he moved to Kent Island in 2000.
      Bud was devoted to his family and greatly enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed following and discussing current events and watching sports, having been an avid Washington Redskins and Nationals fan.
      He is survived by his beloved wife of more than 50 years, Gini Wathen of Stevensville, MD; six children, Debbie Null (Eddie) of Manassas, VA; Kathy Hill (Shephard) of Great Falls, VA; Lynn Hocketstaller (Walter) of Centreville, VA; Julie Swenson of Santa Barbara, CA; Michael Wathen (Sandie) of Denver, CO, and Amy Park (Scott) of Stevensville, MD; and a sister Joan Clapper of Florida. His ten grandchildren, who brought immense joy to his life, are Laura, Jamie, Eric, Kaitlin, Priscilla, Cole, Bryce, Grace, Alex and Jackson.
      A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., at Christ Episcopal Church in Stevensville, MD, where immediately following there will be a time of fellowship in Shand Hall. Interment will be privately held at Broad Creek Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL, 32256, or For online condolences and directions, see

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