Henry was born to recent immigrants from Ukraine. His family was very involved in Coaldale (Alta.) MB Church. Henry gave his heart to Jesus in his youth. After graduating from Mennonite Educational Institute, Abbotsford, B.C., he worked in a Coaldale lumberyard, and in 1966, moved to Linden, Alta., where he took on business ventures. Henry was active in the church. In Linden, he helped start a volunteer ambulance service that grew into the Kneehill Ambulance Society, servicing a large area northeast of Calgary.