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Larry Henle — they don’t make ’em like him anymore

To the editor:

The community of Marshall should consider itself extremely fortunate to have a local daily newspaper and people who work hard to bring you your news six days a week. Truth be known, the paper wouldn’t be what it is without those people — from the men and women in the pressroom (back when the paper was printed in Marshall), to the carriers, the front office people, the ad designers, the circulation workers and — the men and women most near and dear to my heart — the ink-stained wretches of the newsroom. Indeed, the paper has seen a lot of people come and go over the decades, and on Wednesday, the Independent family lost one of its own in Mr. Larry Henle.

I didn’t know Mr. Henle very well when I started at the Independent in 1990. Thankfully, I didn’t have to visit his publisher’s office as I learned the ropes at the paper, but years later, during my time as editor, I got to know the man pretty well and dearly admired his passion for the paper, for photography, for the city of Marshall, for life.

What a man Mr. Henle was. What a family the Henles are.

I always respected Mr. Henle for obvious reasons — we’re both newspapermen and we both understood the intrinsic value of a town newspaper and the role it plays in our rural societies — and I also appreciated his longevity in a tough business, as well as his service work in Marshall.

Mr. Henle will be missed. Unfortunately, they don’t make ’em like him anymore, and anyone who knew him should consider themselves blessed and the better for it.

Per Peterson

Former Independent editor

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