Henry Oliver Backstrom

08/08/1907 — 08/11/2004

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Lake Bronson, Minnesota

Henry Oliver Backstrom

Henry Oliver Backstrom, 97, of Richland, WA died August 11, 2004, in Richland.  He was born August 8, 1907, in Lake Bronson, MN, and lived in the Tri-Cities 8 years.

Mr. Backstrom was a welder for Pioneer Engineering until retiring in 1976.

Dad was so many things.  He was philosophical, gentle yet stubborn, self taught, brilliant and extremely inventive.  He believed “good sense” was just that, it was good sense but definitely not common.  He adored children and encouraged them to learn all they could.  He said if he hadn’t learned something new every day, the day was not complete.  His philosophy in raising children was “if you teach them self-respect, everything else will come naturally.”  He was loving, kind and generous, yet frugal having lived through The Great Depression.  He was always available for anyone who needed help.  He was a great teacher, a poet and a songwriter.  He loved God.  Even after having him 97 years, it was not nearly long enough.  We love you and will miss you Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa.

He is survived by son, John R. Backstrom Penny; daughter, Mary Ann McKenney Jim; grandchildren, Tim Mohr Cathy, Belinda Singer, Danny Backstrom, Becky Backstrom, Ernie Langston Shelly, Shannon Jones Jeff, Kelli Collins Chet, Rachel Parson Thomas; great grandchildren, Timothy, Henry and Heather Mohr; Taylor Martinez; Amanda and Cooper Langston; Camren, Tyson and McKenney Jones; Kody, Kelsi and Keaton Williams; Kourtney, Kaydin and Katlynn Collins; Taelon, Jaelon, Laeren Henry Parson; three brothers, Harold, Clarence Joyce and Paul Peg Backstrom; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom were special to him.  One nephew especially dear to Henry was Roger Backstrom.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby; daughter, Ruth Singer; brother, Gordon Backstrom and sister, Hilder Dougan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 2004, at Einan’s Fuenral Home.  Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Lake Bronson, MN.

Visiting will be at Einan’s from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. today.

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  • Grandpa- We love you so much…Taylor will pitch some up to you each season. Nickety Nackity.

    Love, Becky and Taylor

    Becky and Taylor Backstrom-Martinez
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • We love you Grandpa Henry!!! Kourtney asks that you hold her balloons for her!! We will miss you so dearly and are glad you are relieved of your duties here! Your are and will always remain our strength. You have left one heck of a legacy and will never be forgotten!!! Kelli, Chet and our 6 babies

    Kelli
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • GRANDPA,

    THANKS FOR YOUR LOVE, UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM. YOU TRULY ARE ONE IN A MILLION. THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH YOU ARE LOVED AND BY SO MANY PEOPLE, YOU LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ALL OF US. I CAN LOOK AT TIM AND I SEE SO MUCH OF YOU IN HIM. HIS HEART, MIND AND STRENGTH CAME FROM THE INFLUENCE THAT YOU HAD ON HIM. WE WILL NEVER FORGET AND WE WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR THE TIME WE SHARED WITH YOU. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS

    BELINDA

    BELINDA SINGER
    November 4, 2014
    ST., MICHAEL, MN, US
  • I remember Henry from Lifecare and from Guardian Angel Home, where I was his caregiver. He was the most polite, honorable and respected person I had the privilege of caring for. I loved his stories about his work in Minnisota on the farm. I will remember his tears of joy when he said I treated him with such respect. He deserved all the good life gave him. I look forward to meeting him again in heaven. God bless Henry and his loved ones.

    Lynndel Coburn
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Becky & Family~ May you find confort & peace in the fond memories of your Grandfather. God Bless! Britta & Larry

    Britta Olson
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US